We are recognised for our legal excellence in all areas of environmental law and policy.

Our  Planning Government Infrastructure and Environment group has 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

Our group assists clients across the full spectrum of environmental law and policy, 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 group has expertise and experience in relation to the following environmental matters:

  • biodiversity offsets
  • climate change
  • cultural heritage and native title
  • development of seawalls and revetments
  • 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 Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 controlled actions
  • environmental markets
  • environmental investigations, 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
  • vegetation management
  • waste management and recycling
  • water management