I specialise in helping clients navigate complex environmental, social, approvals and land access risks associated with major projects, with a focus on the infrastructure, energy, urban development and resources sectors. As a former environmental engineer and front-end corporate lawyer who has worked across Australia, Asia, Europe, the Americas, and Africa, both government and private sector clients value my deep technical and commercial expertise and my solutions-focussed approach.
Rail Projects Victoria on planning, environment and land access issues for the $11 billion Melbourne Metro Tunnel project. This is currently Victoria's largest public transport project and the first underground railway constructed for more than a generation.
A consortium on its bid for the $9.7bn Port of Melbourne privatisation. The transaction was one of the largest and high-profile infrastructure transactions in recent years and involved a range of complex environmental and approvals issues.
Neoen on the environmental, land and approvals issues associated with the development and financing of the 100MW Numurkah Solar Farm (one of Victoria’s largest solar farms). I have also assisted Neoen on land tenure, cultural heritage and approvals issues associated with the Shepparton Solar Farm, the Kaban Green Power Hub, the Bulgana Wind Farm and other early-stage renewable energy projects.
IFM Investors on environmental and planning issues associated with its divestment of the Pacific Hydro business which included a portfolio of wind and hydro assets across Australia. This was part of a divestment of Pacific Hydro’s global renewable energy platform (with 900 MW of generation capacity across 19 hydro-electric and wind generation facilities in Chile, Australia and Brazil), and one of the largest renewable energy transactions in Australia to date.
LendLease on its greenfields acquisition of the Aurora estate (an 8,000 lot residential sub-division and one of the largest greenfields urban development transactions over the last five years in the Victorian market).
A confidential bidder on the environmental, land and approvals issues associated with its bid for the Westconnex project (one of Australia’s largest infrastructure transactions in 2018).
Regional Rail Link Authority on land access and assembly matters for the $3.6 billion Regional Rail Link project (a 47.5 kilometre length railway through the western region of Melbourne). This included advising the Authority on a range of compulsory acquisition disputes in the Supreme Court of Victoria and the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal.
Iluka Resources on approvals matters relating to their disposal of minerals sands by-product within Victoria. This included successfully managing a complex planning permit appeal at VCAT in a challenging regulatory and community setting.
Kalbar Resources on land tenure issues associated with the Fingerboards mineral sands project (one of the largest zircon and rare earth development projects in the world). I have also advised Kalbar on a range of approval, environmental and regulatory issues associated with the project.