Planning & environment

Our team understands how the increasingly complex regulatory environment can add significant delay and costs to development projects. Our in-depth knowledge of the law at the local, state and federal levels can help clients achieve efficient and sustainable development outcomes.

We provide comprehensive, pragmatic legal advice that allows clients to cut through red and green tape, to minimise risks and promote the commercial success of projects. Drawing on our extensive experience in a range of planning, environmental and building contexts, we pre-empt regulatory impediments, manage relationships with regulatory authorities and stakeholders, and minimise delay, adding value at every stage of a project from scoping the due diligence process through to approval and the licence to operate.

Our lawyers also have experience advising on certification, land valuation and compulsory acquisition, environmental risks and due diligence, water licensing, environmental offences and European and Aboriginal heritage.

We enjoy long-standing relationships with both the public and private sector, with clients ranging from state and local government entities, to the country’s largest real estate investment trusts and listed corporations.


Mine rehabilitation: We are advising a property developer on the rehabilitation of a colliery for future residential purposes. Our advice has focused on environmental compliance issues relating to emplacement of fill or waste for the mine rehabilitation, responding to clean-up notices, dealing with the Environment Protection Authority, requirements relating to payment of waste levies and applications of resource recovery exemptions and environmental protection licence compliance and amendments.

Complex compensation claims: We are advising a State Government department in a number of complex compensation claims relating to the resumption of critical infrastructure easements. This includes acting for the department in court proceedings and advising on other contentious matters including the obligation to reinstate easement areas, issues arising from contracts of sale at the date of taking, and the legal basis for novel disturbance claims.

Environmental compliance and contamination management: We are advising an international Fortune 500 corporation on environmental compliance and regulatory issues associated with two industrial/manufacturing sites in Victoria and New South Wales. We advise on strategy to regulate the relationship with the Environmental Protection Agency and are developing a legal professional privilege protocol and agreements to ensure the non-disclosure of sensitive material. We are also conducting site history interviews with existing and past employees, settling tender documents for the engagement of contractors and consultants, and preparing and managing Freedom of Information requests of the Environment Protection Authority and local council, to develop an understanding of potential contamination sources in the area surrounding the sites.

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Recent News and Publications
16 Mar 2018
In our most recent publication on leasing, we focused on the consent that a tenant might need to obtain from its landlord if the tenant wishes to assign its interest in a lease. In this article, we explore some key considerations that arise when it is the landlord assigning its interest in a lease.
28 Feb 2018
The February 2018 edition of the Australian Property Law Bulletin (a LexisNexis publication) contains an article by Ben Shaw and Matthew Butchard entitled 'Resolving GST ambiguity: A & A Property Developers Pty Ltd v MCCA Asset Management Ltd.'
24 Jan 2018
The proposed assignment by tenants of their leases can lead to frustration, thwarted ambitions and unforeseen expense. Why, when so many assignments proceed without a hitch, should this be so?