Tim Power

Partner, Melbourne


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


Tim Power has practiced as a specialist environmental, planning and land acquisition lawyer for over 24 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
University of Adelaide
University of Adelaide
BA Jurisprudence
University of Adelaide


Melbourne Metro Rail Tunnel*
Coordinated and delivered legal services on the land assembly strategy and the Environment Effects Statement and IAC hearing for this A$10.8bn rail tunnel project through inner Melbourne, Australia.

Nord Stream 2*
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.

Western Distributor*
Advised Transurban on the Environment Effects Statement and land assembly for this toll road and tunnel project in western Melbourne.

Wind energy projects:
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 and Mt Millar windfarms.

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.

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.

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.

Olympic Dam Uranium Mine*
Tim was part of a team of lawyers advising BHP Billiton on the environmental impact assessment of the expansion of the Olympic Dam uranium mine in South Australia, Australia.

Port of Botany acquisition*
Advised the successful bidder on all town planning, environmental and contaminated land issues and risk allocation for the Port of Botany in NSW, Australia.

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.


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

Leading Lawyer (Band 1) Environment, Australia, Chambers Asia Pacific 2009-2017

unequalled in renewable energy projects, Asia Pacific Legal 500

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