Environment

We are recognised for our legal excellence in environmental matters.
 
We have helped many private and public sector clients to meet environmental challenges and maintain good industry practices, having regard to the environmental legal framework in the infrastructure, property, finance, general commercial and renewable energy sectors.

Our experience

We assist clients across the full spectrum of environmental law, including:

  • advising on federal and state government funding opportunities facilitating the commercialisation of energy and water infrastructure projects
  • drafting, negotiating and reviewing agreements in relation to environmental and water markets in Australia
  • providing assistance and support when responding to environmental incidents, regulatory investigations and prosecutions
  • providing assistance to obtain government approvals and licences (with appropriate conditions) for regulated activities
  • providing regulatory advice on all aspects of environmental law and policy in Australia
  • drafting, negotiating and reviewing offset, biodiversity and conservation agreements and covenants
  • reviewing environmental assessment requirements and reports for major projects
  • reviewing operational risk and incident management procedures
  • climate change adaptation initiatives – assisting in the preparation, review, implementation and continual improvement of climate change risk assessments and management plans
  • advising on and developing legal registers for Environmental Management Systems
  • sustainability initiatives – assisting in the preparation, review, implementation and continual improvement of sustainability frameworks and management plans, including management plans for energy, water, waste and emissions
  • transaction risk management – identifying, assessing and managing potential environmental liabilities in property, construction and corporate transactions

Our expertise

Our team has expertise and experience in relation to the following environmental matters:

  • climate change
  • cultural heritage and native title
  • ecologically sustainable development
  • energy and energy efficiency
  • environmental agreements
  • environmental compliance, including auditing, due diligence reporting, management systems and risk assessment
  • environmental health
  • environmental insurance
  • environmental liability for corporations, directors and executive officers
  • environmental licensing and approvals
  • environmental markets
  • environmental investigation, prosecutions, regulatory orders and defence work
  • environmental risks in corporate transactions
  • land contamination and remediation
  • pollution prevention, management and control
  • resource management
  • threatened species and biodiversity conservation
  • waste management
  • water management