Scott Gardiner

Scott Gardiner

Scott Gardiner is a Partner in the Projects team. Scott specialises in project development and financing, mergers and acquisitions, divestitures and restructures.

Scott led the firm's teams on the development and sale of the Darling Downs Solar Farm for Origin, the purchase of Click Energy for amaysim, the financing of the Diamantina gas power station and the development, acquisition and financing of numerous thermal and renewable assets for Infigen and Alinta.

Scott has been recommended as a leading lawyer in various directories, including Chambers Global and PLC Which Lawyer.

Scott established and leads the firm’s “New Energy Future” team. Scott and his team have brought together expertise in climate change, data and energy to explore the myriad of disruptive changes transforming the energy industry. Scott is at the leading edge of legal thinking on how distributed energy will disrupt and otherwise be integrated into existing energy frameworks. Find out more about Australia's new energy future in our Guide to new energy market transition.

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Recent Matters

  • Darling Downs: acted for Origin Energy Limited on its development and subsequent sale of the 110MW Darling Downs Solar Farm
  • Click Energy: acted for amaysim Limited on its financing and acquisition of Click Energy Limited
  • Diamantina: acted for AGL and APA on their financing of the Diamantina gas-fired power station in Queensland
  • Flinders Power: acted for Alinta Energy on its acquisition of the Flinders Power Station in South Australia
  • Woodlawn Wind: acted for Infigen Energy in connection with the development and financing of Woodlawn Wind and other assets
  • Lake Bonney Wind Farm Stages I, II and III: acted for the sponsors in their development and project financing of Lake Bonney Stages I, II and III
  • Braemar Power Station: acted for ERM Power and Babcock & Brown in the development of a project financed gas fired 450MW peaking power station in Queensland

Thought leadership

The "New Energy Future" team has:

  • submitted to COAG Energy Council’s consultation on the merits of establishing a national Energy Storage Register, exploring the role of battery storage technology and in particular the data, privacy and governance issues relating to a ‘national energy storage register’
  • submitted to the Select Committee into the Resilience of Electricity Infrastructure in a Warming World, looking at the role of storage technology and distributed energy resources in providing grid flexibility
  • published articles outlining regulatory, legal and commercial developments in the ‘New Energy Future’ space, eg Australia's New Energy Future
  • submitted to and been invited to present to the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank on their energy strategy and the role distributed energy could play.


Legal insights

'ASEAN Now: Insights for Australian Business' highlights opportunities for Australian companies to not just build infrastructure in Asia but also win lucrative services.

15 December 2017

The Australian Government announced it will legislate a Consumer Data Right which will initially give consumers access to their banking, electricity, phone and internet transactions.

27 November 2017

The Power of Choice reforms are designed to enable consumers to better understand and to take control of their electricity use (and their electricity bills).

24 October 2017

The Australian Government has announced a new energy policy that forces electricity retailers in the Eastern States to ensure they purchase wholesale electricity from a portfolio of sources.

17 October 2017