Environment & Planning

From project approvals through to dispute resolution, we have the experience and expertise to deliver the best commercial results for all your environment and planning requirements in Australia and across Asia.

Our depth of experience enables us to offer a complete range of services, from advice on commercial transactions and infrastructure projects, to representation (including advocacy and mediation services) in complex litigation matters. We work closely with environmental scientists, engineers and commercial advisers to achieve your desired outcomes on projects or transactions.

Our experts have particular expertise in creating innovative and commercial solutions to the issues that arise from environmental liability and pollution law, the planning and regulatory requirements of major projects, and environmental risk in mergers, acquisitions and privatisations.

Environmental liability and pollution law

As the range of regulations continues to expand, we can provide proven strategies for addressing issues arising from pollution licensing, contaminated land, waste management and environment degradation. We have a track record of success in defending environmental prosecution as well as conducting civil litigation based upon environment, health and safety claims.

We have developed management systems to assist our clients to reduce their environmental and occupational health and safety risks. This includes assistance with developing procedure manuals, incident reporting protocols and auditing management systems.

Town planning and infrastructure development

We regularly advise clients on planning and regulatory aspects of major projects. We have a proven track record of working with commercial advisors, engineers and environmental scientists in the approvals process to achieve quick and favourable outcomes while avoiding the risk of successful court challenges.

We have experience at all stages of the development process, from the design of systems to comply with environment impact assessment requirements in dealings with consent authorities, to managing community consultation and specialist areas such as native title, heritage and endangered species requirements. Our unsurpassed inhouse advocacy team has the ability to cost-effectively and pro-actively manage legal challenges from project opponents.

Mergers, acquisitions and privatisations

Environmental risk is now a major factor in corporate transactions and privatisations. Our team provides strong commercial skills coupled with a detailed understanding of both the detailed regulations and an ability to develop innovative solutions.