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Mitzi is a specialist in the higher education and public research sectors. She leads the Melbourne higher education client service team which acts for most Victorian Universities and a number of TAFEs and private providers. The team runs a higher education seminar series, helps co-ordinate the firm's Higher Education Focus newsletter and seeks to ensure that the lawyers advising the sector stay up to date with relevant developments. Mitzi's own practice in the area focuses on major contracts and projects, regulatory, intellectual property and commercial advice and collaborative R&D arrangements.
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A partner in our commercial and regulatory team, Mitzi advises public and private sector clients across a range of industries. Mitzi has extensive experience in advising on regulatory matters, in particular within the energy sector. She has a detailed understanding of the regulatory frameworks for electricity and gas retail and wholesale markets, as well as the access and pricing regimes applying to electricity and gas distribution and transmission.
Mitzi has been a specialist adviser to the energy industry since the mid nineties – acting as team leader on many acquisitions and sales in the sector, including privatisations in Victoria, South Australia and NSW. She has a detailed understanding of the regulatory frameworks for electricity and gas retail and wholesale markets, as well as the access and pricing regimes applying to electricity and gas distribution and transmission.
Mitzi drafts and negotiates the full range of energy industry contracts. She also advises on dealings with regulators and on price determinations, merits review and dispute resolution processes under the National Electricity Rules and National Gas Rules. In the area of climate change, Mitzi advises on renewable energy projects, emissions trading, energy efficiency and greenhouse and energy reporting.
Mitzi has a detailed understanding of the policy, probity and process frameworks which apply to public sector clients. She advises in relation to government funding of research and development procurement and Public Private Partnerships. She has also been involved in drafting instructions and statutory interpretation.
With a background in intellectual property law, Mitzi advises on intellectual property commercialisation, collaborative research and development projects and centres and research funding programs. She has particular expertise in advising the higher education and public research sectors on intellectual property matters.
Mitzi has been practising in commercial law and regulation since 1990. A respected advisor to corporate clients, government and public sector agencies, Mitzi is specifically recognised for her work in climate change and energy and resources.
Mitzi advises clients in a range of industries including electricity, oil and gas, telecommunications, higher education, public transport and water. Her extensive expertise encompasses utilities regulation; acquisitions and sales; due diligence; procurement; and projects. She also drafts and negotiates industry contracts and advises on regulatory dispute resolution processes.
Drawing on a sound understanding of the complex regulatory and legal framework surrounding climate change, Mitzi advises regarding greenhouse and energy reporting, emissions trading, carbon capture and storage and renewable energy initiatives.
Mitzi’s clients include AGL Energy, Aurora Energy, Epic Energy, the Department of Primary Industries of Victoria, Emergency Services Telecommunications Authority, Alcoa and the University of Melbourne.
Over the past 5 years Mitzi has been consistently named as a leading individual in the area of energy and resources in guides including Chambers Asia Pacific 2011, Chambers Global 2010 and 2009 and Australian Legal Business Guide 2009, 2008 and 2007. She has also been recognised in the area of climate change by Best Lawyers International: Australia 2010 and 2011.
Mitzi spent 6 years living in England during which she completed a master of law at the University of Cambridge and worked at law firms Cameron McKenna and Hewitson Becke + Shaw.
A member of the Australian Mining and Petroleum Law Association and the Resources, Environment and Energy Law Committee of the Australian Law Council, Mitzi regularly presents conference papers and lectures on legal issues in energy and climate change. She also advises pro bono clients of a homeless persons legal clinic operated in conjunction with the Public Interest Law Clearing House, of which she is the current president.