Our Environment, Planning and Communities team collaborates with our property, projects and corporate experts to help government and major corporate clients deliver their most significant energy and resources, infrastructure and urban development projects in Australia. We also provide strategic environment and planning advice for Australia’s largest corporate real estate and M&A transactions.

Our key points of difference are our:

  • unique alignment with core sectors including energy, mining, infrastructure and real estate, and our deep representation in sector and industry groups both inside and outside the firm;
  • balance of government and private sector expertise, meaning our advice is well-rounded and takes into account all standpoints;
  • integrated native title offering; and
  • full front-end and back-end environment and planning offering.

Our team provides comprehensive legal services across the entire spectrum of environmental and planning issues. Our core strength is working as part of an integrated projects and real estate team on major long-term projects, from start to finish – from strategic planning and the development of robust planning approvals and integrated land access strategies, through to the development and operation phases. Throughout these projects we assist clients to obtain access to land and all statutory approvals, respond to any appeals or challenges before courts and tribunals, and negotiate with government agencies.

Peter Briggs
Peter Briggs
Partner, Sydney
+61 2 9225 5155
Heidi Asten
Heidi Asten
Partner, Melbourne
+61 3 9288 1710
Melanie Debenham
Melanie Debenham
Partner Perth
+61 8 9211 7560
Kathryn Pacey
Kathryn Pacey
Partner, Brisbane
+61 7 3258 6788
Madeline Simpson
Madeline Simpson
Special Counsel, Brisbane
+61 7 3258 6662
Mark Cowan
Mark Cowan
Senior Associate, Brisbane
+61 7 3258 6323
Rebecca Davie
Rebecca Davie
Executive Counsel, Sydney
+61 2 9322 4755
Tom Dougherty
Tom Dougherty
Senior Associate, Sydney
+61 2 9225 5533
Rachel Foo
Rachel Foo
Senior Associate, Melbourne
+61 3 9288 1284
Amanda Meldrum
Amanda Meldrum
Senior Associate, Melbourne
+61 3 9288 1204
Naomi Hutchings
Naomi Hutchings
Special Counsel, Perth
+61 8 9211 7795