Elisa de Wit is an environment and planning, and climate change lawyer based in Melbourne. She heads the Australian climate change practice.
Elisa’s environmental experience includes advising on various environmental permitting regimes, including waste management, pollution control and discharge consents, representing clients in connection with environmental offences or breaches of environmental legislation and undertaking substantial due diligence exercises. She also has significant experience advising in relation to contaminated land, both in the context of property and corporate transactions and in relation to liability issues.
Elisa’s expertise also extends to town planning and covers strategic advice, legal representation at tribunal and court hearings and negotiation of contractual documents for a wide range of developments including retail, residential, commercial, mixed use, landfills, incinerators, waste transfer stations, industrial plants, quarries and mining sites.
Elisa has a detailed understanding of all elements of the former Government’s Clean Energy package, including the National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Scheme (NGERS), the Carbon Pricing Mechanism (CPM) and the Carbon Farming Initiative (CFI) and has provided extensive advice to a wide range of clients on the obligations and opportunities which flow from NGERS, CPM and CFI.
Elisa has been closely involved with the development of the Coalition Government’s Direct Action Plan and sat on a number of expert working groups established in connection with the Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF). She had provided advice to a number of existing CFI participants on the steps involved in transitioning to the ERF, including advice on the Carbon Abatement Contract, advice on changing Methodology Determinations, advice on changing project proponents and opportunities presented by new ERF Methodology Determinations. This work has included preparation of the legal documentation required to register and implement ERF projects, including preparation and review of aggregation contracts.
In conjunction with RAMP Carbon, Elisa authored “Implementing the Carbon Farming Initiative – A Guide For Business” on behalf of the Carbon Market Institute. Elisa is the author of the CFI chapter for the Lexis Nexis Clean Energy Law in Australia service and was also an author of the CFI Legal and Contracts Guide prepared with funding from the Commonwealth Government’s CFI Extension and Outreach program, which was published in February 2014.
Norton Rose Fulbright in Australia was awarded Global Law Experts “Climate Change Law Firm of the Year in Australia in 2014.
Elisa has received a number of awards and mentions, namely:
- “Leading lawyer” in the Australasian Legal Business Guide for Environmental Law;
- “Leading” environment and planning lawyer in Doyle’s Guide;
- “Recommended” lawyer for climate change in PLC Which Lawyer?;
- Listed in International Who’s Who Legal Guide for Environment;
- Named as “Climate Change Lawyer of the Year in Australia” in the 2011 Legal Awards conducted by Corporate INTL Magazine;
- Listed in Best Lawyers since 2012 for climate change; and
- Lawyer of the Year in Best Lawyers 2014-2015 (Melbourne) for Climate Change Law.