Minter Ellison

Allison Warburton
With more than 20 years of experience, I am a leading legal advisor to the energy, resources and power generation industries.
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As national head of MinterEllison’s Climate Change and Renewables practice, I have been involved in several Australian-first emissions reduction projects. I have also advised governments on energy policy and legislation.

My experience includes conventional coal and gas resources, as well as newer renewables, embedded generation technologies and demand-side management projects.

With a background in both legal and corporate roles, I bring a deep industry knowledge and strategic focus to my work. 

Career highlights

  • Appointed by the Queensland Government to its independent Renewable Energy Expert Panel to advise the government on strategies to achieve its 50 per cent renewable energy target
  • Appointed as non-executive director of Stanwell Corporation Limited, a diversified energy business with annual trading revenues in excess of $2 billion
  • Australian Greenhouse Office – advised on developing new laws to regulate geological carbon capture and storage
  • Adviser on commercial and regulatory matters to major corporations Rio Tinto, AGL, Pacific Aluminium, QGC, Springfield Land Corporation, Yahua Group
  • Recognised by clients and peers as 2016 Queensland Climate Change Lawyer of the Year (Best Lawyers Australia).
  • Awarded 2013 Best Lawyer in Energy and Resources at Euromoney’s Australasia Women in Business Law Awards
  • Recognised as a leading energy, resources and utilities lawyer in the Chambers Asia-Pacific and Chambers Global guides since 2014
  • Recognised in Best Lawyers Australia Guides: Energy and Climate Change since 2011, and Oil and Gas since 2012

New energy and emissions reduction

  • OneSun Solar Farm – advised an international private equity investor on the proposed acquisition of the ACT solar farm
  • SolarQ – lead lawyer on the development of Australia’s largest solar farm and battery storage project, located near Gympie
  • Rio Tinto – advised on the development of its Weipa solar farm
  • Springfield Land Corporation – developed a template for the roll-out of embedded generation projects in commercial and retail precincts
  • Solar panel supplier – advising on a joint venture with a major energy retailer to offer home energy management solutions
  • Queensland-based agribusiness company – lead lawyer on the establishment of a pioneering carbon farming business in Queensland

Conventional energy

  • Rio Tinto Aluminium – negotiated long and short-term contracts for the purchase of energy for its Australian aluminium smelters, and related security of supply, transmission and demand-side management strategies
  • Orora Limited – assisted with gas purchase arrangements to underwrite the development of the Strike Energy Cooper Basin Coal Seam Gas Project
  • Large energy industry clients – counselled on electricity hedging and financial services licensing requirements
  • Japanese utility company - lead lawyer on its proposed acquisition of an interest in a Queensland CSG-to-LNG project
  • Queensland Treasury – advised on the proposed sale of the Queensland electricity network businesses