With dedicated teams in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland, who also work nationally together, we deal with state and Commonwealth laws in their commercial and practical context to deliver outstanding results and client service.
Our hands-on experience gained working both with and within planning authorities, coupled with our work for the private sector, enables us to provide practical, strategic and knowledgeable advice in relation to environmental, planning and regulatory issues.
We act for local councils, developers, institutional and other owners, investors, financiers, construction companies, energy and utility and other infrastructure providers, resource companies, government departments and agencies, including the New South Wales Department of Planning, consultants and others involved in the development, management and regulation of property, natural resources and infrastructure projects. We also have a strong reputation in connection with transactional issues, advocacy and mediation.
Our expertise includes:
Recent environmental experience
Recent transactional experience
16 April 2019 - Knowledge
The controversial plan to build an Apple store at Melbourne's Federation Square is doomed after heritage authorities blocked it because it would "adversely" affect the cultural heritage of the square
02 April 2019 - Knowledge
The Government’s population policy includes investing $75 billion in road, rail and air infrastructure across the country and more in congestion-busting infrastructure through the $1 billion Urban Congestion Fund
22 March 2019 - Knowledge
With the NSW State Election looming on Saturday the planning and development industries have raised questions about the promises from the major parties.
20 March 2019 - Knowledge
A new online portal has been launched for organisations looking to buy large-scale off-site wind, solar electricity and battery storage. Developers can also use the portal to showcase renewable energy projects to potential buyers, communicate with them, and collect information on their interest
12 March 2019 - Knowledge
As part of the recent reforms to the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act, the Secretary of the Department of Planning and Environment was given new powers to seek to prevent delays to applications and resolve disputes between agencies for integrated development.
06 March 2019 - Knowledge
Investa claims it is the first property company in Australian to achieve an approved real estate Science Based Target. The company committed to net zero emissions by 2040 in 2016 across its office portfolio and business operations.
20 February 2019 - Knowledge
Australia is on track to meet its Paris climate commitments five years earlier than expected — in 2025 — according to new research from the Australian National University. Lead researcher Professor Andrew Blakers said we have a very vigorous rooftop solar industry and very experienced ground-mounted solar farm and wind farm industry.
11 February 2019 - In the News
On 29 January, the South Australian Murray-Darling Basin Royal Commission, constituted by Bret Walker SC as Commissioner, delivered its almost 800-page report to the South Australian Government.
05 February 2019 - Knowledge
The Royal Commission into the Murray-Darling Basin’s report constitutes the most comprehensive analysis to date in relation to the Murray-Darling Basin Plan. But it may take a Federal Royal Commission for the recommendations and findings of the Royal Commission to drive change. Our water law expert Dr Joseph Monaghan summarises some of the 800 page report’s key findings.
05 February 2019 - Knowledge
NABERS has big plans for the next five years according to the 2019-2023 draft strategic plan released in January. Top of the agenda for the environmental performance organisation is making sure every large building type can be rated using NABERS tools by 2023.
01 February 2019 - Knowledge
Changes to Queensland’s regulated waste regime come into force on 4 February 2019 introducing a new risk-based classification framework. The sub-classification of regulated waste will allow more appropriate regulatory controls to be applied to the management of regulated waste to ensure an appropriate level of hazard protection is applied.
30 January 2019 - Knowledge
In this special edition of our Queensland Government Bulletin publication, our team looks at the issues and reforms that emerged over 2018 in key areas affecting government - and also cast forward to examine the expected major trends and developments for 2019.