Shirley Chen

Baker & McKenzie LLP
Not admitted to practice law in this jurisdiction


Shirley is an associate with the Australian Environmental Markets practice group. She advises on all aspects of small- and large-scale renewable energy transactions, including (but not limited to) project finance, land tenure, energy regulatory matters and energy contracting and connection agreements. She also handles matters related to environmental planning and international climate change law.

Practice Focus

Shirley's practice focuses on environment planning and international climate change law. Her day-to-day work involves assisting clients in drafting, reviewing and negotiating a broad range of project agreements, such as those related to construction, property, energy and banking and finance. She also drafts and reviews soil, vegetation and forest carbon management agreements and advises on carbon sequestration regulation. 

Representative Legal Matters

  • Advise Foresight on the simultaneous acquisition of an equity interest in the 30MW Oakey 1, 70MW Oakey 2 and 17MW Longreach solar farm projects and the concurrent project financing of the Oakey 2 project, located in Queensland
  • Advise NEOEN on various post-completion and other operational matters in relation to the three-stage 315MW Hornsdale Wind Farm project, co-located with the 100MW Tesla battery, in South Australia 
  • Advise Genex on the proposed development and financing of the Kidston Pumped Hydro Project, a 250MW pumped hydro storage project co-located with the Kidston (Solar) 50MW AC solar photovoltaic renewable energy project, in Queensland
  • Advise Australian renewable energy developer on various large-scale generation certificate and green rights supply agreements 
  • Advise Australian carbon offsets organization in relation to soil, vegetation and forest carbon management projects and advise on carbon sequestration regulation 
  • Assist with writing thought leadership pieces on corporate climate change risk disclosure and hydrogen energy opportunities in Australia 

Corporate Responsibility

Shirley has worked pro bono with the Women's Legal Service Victoria, where she assists clients who have suffered from domestic violence with preparing Victims’ of Crime Assistance Tribunal financial support applications. 

She is also involved with the Refugee Legal Victoria, where she has assisted on the following: 

  • Manus Asylum Seeker Legal Clinic - Obtaining instructions from asylum seekers detained at the Manus Island Detention Centre and preparing appeals to the Papua New Guinea High Court for rejected refugee protection applications
  • Fast Track Legal Clinic - Conducting interviews with asylum seekers who arrived via boat to Australia and preparing temporary protection visa applications 


  • Victoria~Australia (2017)


  • University of Melbourne (J.D.) (2016)
  • University of Melbourne (Bachelor of Commerce) (2013)
  • McGill University (Student Exchange Program) (2013)


  • English
  • Mandarin

Previous Offices

  • Melbourne