Tim Power

Partner, Melbourne

Biography

Tim Power is an environmental lawyer that “can find a way to achieve an outcome that is second to none.”
Chambers Asia-Pacific 2017

Overview

Tim Power has practiced as a specialist environmental, planning and land acquisition lawyer for nearly 30 years.

He assists leading corporations and government clients on the environmental impact assessment and approval of major infrastructure, resource and property development projects, and advises sponsors and lenders on applying the Equator Principles and IFC Environment and Social Performance Standards to new investments.

Tim also acts for clients on the remediation and development of contaminated properties, pollution risk management and incident response, managing native title and indigenous and non-indigenous heritage issues, land acquisition and disputed valuations, and advice and representation in town and environmental planning appeals and panel hearings.

Tim is accredited as a specialist environmental and planning lawyer by the Law Institute of Victoria, and is recognised as a leading environmental lawyer by independent publications, Best Lawyers International¸ Chambers Asia-Pacific, PLC Which Lawyer? and Asia Pacific Legal 500.

Bars and Courts
High Court of Australia
Supreme Court of Victoria
Supreme Court of South Australia
Education
LLM
Environmental
University of Adelaide
LLB
University of Adelaide
BA Jurisprudence
University of Adelaide
Languages
English

Experience

Suburban Rail Loop
Advising on the environmental assessment, approvals and land assembly strategy for this massive orbital rail and precinct development program of projects in Melbourne.

Offshore wind energy
Advising on the environmental, approvals and land assembly for the Star of the South offshore wind farm project in southern Australia, and on the environmental risk assessments for the Yunlin and Changfang and Xidao offshore wind farms in Taiwan.

Melbourne Metro Rail Tunnel
Provided strategic advice and support on this A$10.8bn rail tunnel project through inner Melbourne, Australia on a range of post-approval environmental issues.

Nord Stream Extension*
Advised the sponsor on strategies to ensure the subsea pipeline and its landfall within the Russian Federation conforms with the IFC's Environmental and Social Performance Standards and the international Convention on Wetlands of International Importance. 

West Gate Tunnel
Advised Transurban on the Environment Effects Statement, land assembly and post-approval environmental issues for this toll road and tunnel project in western Melbourne.

Onshore Wind energy
Tim is noted as a specialist in renewable energy and wind farm projects, and has worked on over 30 wind farm projects throughout Australia. This experience has included the Ryan Corner, Hawkesdale, Penshurst, Ararat, Cape Bridgewater, Bulgana, Murra Warra, Moorabool, Yaloak South, Crowlands, Dundonnell, Salt Creek, Cherry Tree, Macarthur, Berrybank, Woolnorth, Musselroe, Hornsdale, Barn Creek, Salt Creek, Willogoleche, Collgar, Golden Plains, Crudine Ridge, Cattle Hill, Twin Creek, Dulacca and Mt Millar windfarms.

Solar energy
Advised the sponsors and lenders on a large number of utility-scale solar energy projects, including Dulacca, Shepparton, Baringhup, Susan River, Childers, Narrabri and Rollingstone solar farms.

Ichthys offshore petroleum and LNG project*
Advised a consortium of export credit agencies on local environmental law compliance and working with lead counsel coordinating the Independent Environmental and Social Consultant's assessment of this $A34bn project's conformity with the IFC's Environmental and Social Performance Standards.

CarbonNet
Advised the Victorian government on land assembly and environmental approval strategy for this proposed carbon capture storage ("CCS") project in Bass Strait, and on the operation and effect of Australian CCS legislation.

Environmental and social governance
Advising a global mining company on its ESG systems for its mining operations in Australia, China, Brazil and the Democratic Republic of Congo. 

Environmental incident response
Acting for a large Australian corporate on its response to a pollution incident in Australia, and on a mining client's response to a pollution incident and litigation in Papua New Guinea.

Barkly Street contamination litigation*
Acted for the Spotless Group of companies in litigation brought in the Victorian Supreme Court concerning the sale and development of a contaminated property in Melbourne, Australia. This remains the largest ‘toxic tort' litigation of its type in Australia.

Southern Australian Mine projects
Tim is advising the proponents and sponsors of the Fingerboards, Atacama, Goshen, Project Wimmera and Avonbank mineral sands mines, Fosterville gold mine, Hillside copper mine, Stockman Base Metal Project, Staveley Project, and Ballarat Goldfields.

Montara offshore gasfield
Advised Jadestone on environmental and regulatory issues associated with the purchase of its interest in, and operatorship of, the Montara field in the Timor Sea.

Gladstone LNG and coal seam methane project*
Advised Santos on the Commonwealth referral and environmental assessment and approval strategy for this A$24bn coal seam gas production, pipeline, and LNG project in Queensland, Australia. 

*Experience gained prior to joining White & Case

Speaking Engagements

Tim regularly speaks at legal and industry conferences and seminars, particularly on environmental impact assessment, contaminated land and pollution risk management, and renewable energy. He has also lectured and tutored town planning students at the University of South Australia and University of Melbourne, and been guest lecturer to undergraduate and postgraduate law students at ANU, Deakin University and the University of Melbourne.

Publications

Tim has been published widely in professional and industry journals. His work on green buildings has been published by the Local Government Yearbook 2009, The Law Institute of Victoria, the Californian Sustainability Alliance, and the New South Wales Department of Environment and Climate Change. Tim recently co-authored a chapter of a legal text book called ‘Australian Coastal and Marine Law’ (Federation Press).

Awards and Recognition

Best Lawyers in Australia – Environmental and Planning Law, Climate Change Law, Water Law and Energy Law. Climate Change Lawyer of the Year 2020

Leading Lawyer (Band 1) Environment – Australia, Chambers Asia Pacific 2009-2019.

Asia Pacific Legal 500 - "unequalled in renewable energy projects."

Accredited Specialist in Environmental and Planning Law – Law Institute of Victoria