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Tightening the net: increased director liability for environmental crimes in NSW
Insight 25 Mar 2022

The recently passed Environmental Legislation Amendment Act 2022 (NSW) (the Amendment Act) exposes directors and managers of companies to additional criminal and civil liability for breaches of environmental laws. It is now more important than ever that companies have robust processes in place to ensure they are operating in an environmentally satisfactory manner. It is also critical for directors and managers (and those who advise directors and management) to understand their potential exposure to criminal liability for actions taken (or not taken) by companies. ...

Changes to and consolidation of SEPPs – a S(t)EPP in the right direction or a missed opportunity?
Insight 18 Mar 2022

In this Insight, we examine recent changes to state environmental planning policies (SEPPs), and ask whether they achieve the stated objectives. ...

Update on the Draft Design and Place SEPP
Insight 01 Mar 2022

The widely anticipated draft Design and Place SEPP has now been publicly exhibited and contains some surprising departures from last year's Explanation of Intended Effects. The question is whether it achieves the goal to ‘simplify and consolidate… good design in NSW'. ...

New year, new regulations: what to know about EP&A Regulation
Insight 25 Feb 2022

The Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2021 (2021 Regulation) comes into effect on 1 March 2022. Here, we explain the key things you need to know to prepare yourself for these changes. ...

Three things to consider with ESG investing
Insight 22 Feb 2022

Alongside record flows into sustainable funds and investments, growing attention on ESG presents opportunities and challenges for investors and fund managers alike. Watch our latest video on key steps to harnessing the opportunities and mitigating the risks that ESG investing brings. ...

Rezoning reforms: rewriting the rulebook
Insight 18 Feb 2022

The release of the new LEP guideline in December 2021 was the first step towards major rezoning reform.  The second step - outlined in a discussion paper by the Department of Planning and Environment (DPE) aims to rewrite the rulebook. Here, we explore the changes already made, as well as those open for comment. ...

Planning reforms – understanding the deluge of proposed reforms
Insight 18 Feb 2022

In late 2021, extensive planning reform proposals were announced across a range of policy areas. In this series of Insights, our Planning and Environment team will cover what you might’ve missed, and the key points to consider when preparing submissions and responding to these reforms. ...

Four key legal developments NSW mine operators need to watch in 2022
Insight 11 Feb 2022

NSW mine operators should closely monitor the trends emerging from planning and court decisions, particularly operators with upcoming expansions or new projects that will require new or modified approvals. It is also important for mine operators to be across the numerous pending legal reforms which will come into effect in 2022 and ensure they are complying with the new requirements. ...

What does COP26 mean for Australian business?
Insight 02 Dec 2021

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) recently concluded its 26th Conference of Parties to the Paris Agreement (COP26) in Glasgow, which placed a major spotlight on climate issues. Together with the Glasgow Climate Pact, a suite of announcements signal important changes and opportunities. In this Insight we unpack some of the key outcomes from COP26 and what they mean for Australian businesses. ...

IP strategies to capitalise on hydrogen projects
Insight 09 Nov 2021

Hydrogen is swiftly gaining traction as an attractive proposition in the renewable energy sector due to advancements in technology. That said, investment in hydrogen technology and projects requires strategic management of intellectual property (IP) risks and opportunities. Putting in place good IP governance at the outset will help avoid project setbacks and build a strong platform for future investment and innovation. ...