This course is concerned with the legal and policy issues concerning the generation, transmission, distribution and sale of electricity. Its object is to provide lawyers with an interest in the subject with a comprehensive overview of the subject, and experienced practitioners with an opportunity to explore legal responses to technological, social and economic challenges.

Topics covered include:

  • electricity basics and legal framework
  • the National Electricity Market and market power
  • price regulation of monopoly businesses
  • legal responses and challenges from climate change
  • current topics: Smart Metering, Firm Transmission rights, consumer protection
  • electricity contracting: power purchasing and derivatives

Mr Mark Carkeet

Mark Carkeet Mark leads MinterEllison's Energy and Resources Practice in Brisbane, and has recently completed a 5 year term as head of Minters' firm wide Energy and Resources Industry Group.

He has worked in commercial law since 1983 and focused principally on the utilities sector since 1992. His private and government sector clients rely on him for strategic advice on critical matters. Mark has advised on major utilities projects throughout Australia, South East Asia and Mongolia. His clients include Rio Tinto, Anglo American, Stanwell Corporation, Ergon Energy, and the governments of Queensland and Fiji.

Mark's expertise has been recognised many times by legal directories. In 2013, mark was chosen as the leading Energy Lawyer in Queensland (and one of four in Australia) by the peer elected "Best Lawyers". He also ranks as a leading lawyer in Chabers Asia Pacific, the Who's Who of Energy Lawyers, and Doyle's Guide.

Mark will be assisted by leading specialists at Minter Ellison and guest lecturers from Government, UQ and industry.

Course information

Course code

14 - 17 April 2016


This course may also be taken as a CPD course or a non-award course.