The Energy and Infrastructure section provides a platform to promote members' expertise in contentious energy and infrastructure matters, and a forum for members to share insights and experiences, with a particular emphasis on drawing out underlying industry and regulatory trends.
Contentious energy matters cover the whole energy supply chain, from exploration and extraction, renewable energy sources, upstream supply, generation, transmission, distribution and retail. Contentious infrastructure matters encompass the economic and access regulation of infrastructure: gas pipelines and power lines, but also extending to ports, airports, railways and telecommunications.
Each of these fields of practice have emerged out of the microeconomic reforms of the 1990s, and have continued to evolve alongside national economic changes, technological advances and the ever more acute challenges of climate change. They involve applied microeconomics, complex regulation, and specialised infrastructure, and how to clearly present the intersection of those matters in a court or tribunal.
The contentious energy and infrastructure field overlaps with other legal areas, such as contract and tort, competition law and consumer protection, planning and property law, administrative law and commercial arbitration. The Energy and Infrastructure section will co-operate with other sections of CommBar in these areas of overlap, where appropriate.