A chat with Huw Edwards

Local solicitor: We took the time to get to know Huw Edwards from RMB Lawyers a little better. He has a small farm nearby and an interest in energy law. Photo: Supplied.

Local solicitor: We took the time to get to know Huw Edwards from RMB Lawyers a little better. He has a small farm nearby and an interest in energy law. Photo: Supplied.

Huw Edwards is a solicitor at RMB Lawyers, working out of the Goulburn and Braidwood offices to represent clients across the region on a broad range of legal services.

He's been practicing for 10 years and has accumulated an interesting mix of experience. He also has a personal interest in energy law due to the various projects coming through the region, but we'll let him tell you more about all of that himself.

Hi Huw, where were you raised and educated?

I was born in Sydney but I lived in Bathurst from about the age of 8 'til when I left home to study law at ANU (Australian National University in Canberra).

I enjoyed my time living in Bathurst with most weekends dedicated to sport, cricket and swimming in summer and rugby in the winter, which culminated in me playing in the 2002 Stannies 1st XV Waratah shield finalist rugby team and an ISA rep team.

I was fortunate to be accepted into a combined law and economics degree at ANU and I lived on campus at John XXIII college.

What are your hobbies or interests outside of work?

I spend most weekends at my small farm about 30 minutes from Goulburn where my wife and I are attempting to improve the land loosely following regenerative agricultural principles.

We run a herd of about 25 Angus-cross cows that are rotated though a number of smaller paddocks, a number of which have been sown down for the winter with oats.

We also have a licence to crop approximately 10 hectares of the farm with industrial hemp, which depending on the weather we hope to put in later this year.

Where have you worked previously?

Although I worked for a short period in the Attorney-General's Department in Canberra, most of my career has been spent working out of the Goulburn and Braidwood offices from RMB Lawyers and its predecessor, Galland Elder Lulham.

Tell us about your interest in energy law?

Although I have a broad practice area, I have developed an interest in energy law. I have worked on a number of the wind farm developments in the area for landowners hosting turbines.

Perhaps the most recent significant development in this area is Transgrid's HumeLink project, which are proposed 500 kV transmission lines that are proposed to run from substations at Maragle and Wagga to Bannaby.

My parents' land at Dalton has been one of the many properties that TransGrid has identified as being potentially burdened by these transmission lines.

And finally, what steps has the practice taken to be COVID-safe?

Since March the firm has put in place a number of policies to facilitate all staff working productively from home and reduce face-to-face interactions.

We are using video-conferencing facilities to communicate with clients, and are now even permitted to witness important documents being signed remotely.

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