New Energy and
Carbon Markets.

We are your integrated New Energy and Carbon Markets team covering all aspects of these diverse, dynamic, and rapidly evolving market sectors.

Our experienced team deeply understands these unique markets. It assists them in successfully navigating the legal and commercial landscape by delivering collaborative, practical, innovative, and solutions-focused advice tailored to their specific needs.

We have an extensive team of experienced lawyers that provide market-leading new energy and carbon market advice in various areas, including but not limited to project planning and development, regulatory, joint ventures, mergers, and acquisitions through to dispute litigation, insolvency, and restructuring. 



New Energy

Drawing on decades of experience across traditional and non-traditional segments of the energy sector, we assist our clients in navigating the global energy transition and leveraging opportunities.

With an unparalleled understanding of the energy market and its commercial drivers, we deliver experienced counsel at the intersection of globalisation, regulation, and innovation as the energy sector transitions to renewable sources of energy from coal and gas.

Our exceptional understanding of the sector and its drivers allows us to provide technically excellent and commercial focused advice to help our clients deliver ground-breaking and innovative projects and navigate the most complex disputes.

Our clients operate in solar, wind, hydrogen, energy storage, hydroelectricity, geothermal, gas, smart grid and transmission infrastructure energy segments.

We combine our project and market knowledge with our industry experience to provide strategic commercial legal and transaction advice to project sponsors, investors, financiers, constructors and other key stakeholders (including government agencies and departments) across the project life cycle.

We have deep expertise and experience in:

  • Project planning and development
  • Regulatory
  • Project and transaction structuring
  • Construction and operational contracts (including risk identification/mitigation)
  • Investment and financing
  • Joint ventures
  • M&A
  • Dispute resolution (including dispute management/avoidance)
  • Insolvency and restructuring across the New Energy sector.

We are regularly engaged in innovative market leading sector transformational transactions, including renewable energy supply agreements (PPAs) firmed by renewable energy stored behind the meter.

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Carbon Markets

The Hamilton Locke team has been closely involved in the Carbon Markets industry since the inception of the Carbon Credits (Carbon Farming Initiative) legislation and the first wave of Australian Carbon Credit Units (ACCUs) issued through the Emissions Reduction Fund. 

As the industry matures, methodologies and market forces globally increase in sophistication, investment and technology development opportunities, the Hamilton Locke team and its deep network (domestically and globally) remains at the forefront of Australian opportunities. 


New Energy and Carbon Markets Team.

Justin Fox

Partner, Head of Corporate – Melbourne

James Delesclefs


Veno Panicker


James Simpson

Partner, Co-head of Workplace & Safety

Matt Baumgurtel

Partner, Head of Energy

Jo Ruitenberg


Erik Setio


Jeffrey Lai

Partner, Head of New Zealand

Margot King


Margot King - Hamilton Locke

Hannah Jones

Senior Associate

Hannah Jones - Hamilton Locke

Adriaan van der Merwe

Special Counsel

David O’Carroll

Senior Associate

Gareth Howard


Gareth Howard - Hamilton Locke

Ally Frizelle


William Ryan

Senior Associate

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