Guy Dwyer is a special counsel in Baker McKenzie's Sydney office, practising primarily in environmental, planning and climate change law.
He is valued for his ability to effectively identify the key environmental and planning law issues arising from a client's proposed course of action. Guy draws on his deep knowledge and experience in environment and planning matters to clearly and efficiently communicate advice in a manner that suits the needs of the client.
Guy has significant experience in advising clients on various aspects of environmental law, particularly in the context of major projects and developments worth millions of dollars. Aspects of environmental law he has previously advised clients on include planning, biodiversity, Aboriginal cultural heritage, pollution, contaminated land, environmental due diligence, waste and water. He has previously advised and acted for clients on environmental and planning law matters in various sectors, particularly the mining, resources and commercial development sectors.
In addition to advising on traditional areas of environmental law, Guy increasingly advises clients on various aspects of international and Australian climate change law, with a particular focus on carbon capture and storage and the negotiation of emissions reduction purchase agreements.
Prior to joining Baker McKenzie, Guy worked as a senior associate in a leading environmental and planning law practice of an international law firm in Sydney. He was previously an Associate to the Honourable Justice Preston, Chief Judge of the NSW Land and Environment Court, and has previously lectured or tutored in various law subjects at Macquarie Law School.
Guy is a contributing author to the Planning Law in Australia and Environmental Responsibilities Law NSW loose-leaf services produced by Thomson Reuters.
Representative Legal Matters
- Regularly advising a multinational commodity trading and mining company on various aspects of climate law applicable to its coal mining assets and operations in Australia, including international law developments under the Paris Agreement, carbon capture and storage, carbon offset schemes, climate litigation, sources of carbon liability and the just transition movement.
- Regularly advising a SOM contractor on environmental and planning issues associated with a major light rail project being developed in Western Sydney.
- Regularly advising a major supermarket retail chain on environmental and planning law matters relating to its stores in NSW.
- Advising a US manufacturer of home office equipment on product stewardship and waste recycling requirements and initiatives in Australia.
- Advising an Australian energy company on a carbon capture and storage project proposed to be undertaken in South Australia.
- Advising a renewable energy company on planning approval pathways for the proposed development of a large scale battery storage facility in western New South Wales.
- Advising a Local Aboriginal Land Council on various matters relating to environmental, planning and Aboriginal cultural heritage law.
- Advising an alliance of Victorian local councils on legal obligations and policy initiatives relating to the assessment of vulnerabilities to climate change impacts, including from sea level rise and coastal erosion.
- Acting for a public research university located in Sydney in relation to proposed campus redevelopments, providing advice on land and regulatory requirements concerning the proposed redevelopment.
- Advised a Swiss-American manufacturer of computer peripherals and software in its negotiation of an emission reduction purchase agreement relating to the generation of carbon credits from an afforestation project for the purpose of meeting voluntary carbon targets.
- Finalist (Planning and Environmental Law), Lawyers Weekly 30 Under 30 Awards (2018)
Professional Associations and Memberships
- Environmental and Planning Law Association of New South Wales - Member
- Centre for Environmental Law, Macquarie University - Associate
- High Court of Australia (2015)
- Federal Court of Australia~Australia (2015)
- New South Wales~Australia (2015)
- University of New South Wales (LLM, with Excellence) (2018)
- Macquarie University (BSc. LL.B., Hons I) (2013)
- Author of a chapter on climate litigation for edited text titled, Debating Climate Law (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming October 2021)
- Co-author, 'Put that (amber) light out! Some comments on the process for amending development applications and plans in Class 1 development appeals in the Land and Environment Court' (2021) 23 Local Government Law Journal 127
- Co-author, "Australia" in The Environment and Climate Change Law Review (Law Business Research Ltd, 5th ed, 2021)
- Author, "Regulation of greenhouse gas emissions generated by major projects: Scoping out the roles of the Commonwealth and State/Territory Governments" (2020) 37(5) Environmental and Planning Law Journal (forthcoming, September 2020)
- Co-author, "Do the Conventions on the Law of the Sea and Biological Diversity adequately protect marine biota from anthropogenic underwater noise pollution?" (2020) 23(1) Asia Pacific Journal of Environmental Law 6
- Co-author, "Australia" in The Environment and Climate Change Law Review (Law Business Research Ltd, 4th ed, 2020)