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
08 April 2020 - Knowledge
The Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act (1999) is currently under review with submissions invited from stakeholders. This article summarises the issues raised in the review in relation to Indigenous culture and knowledge, which is highlighted as a key focus in the terms of reference for the review.
07 April 2020 - Knowledge
The NSW Government has made significant changes to the NSW Independent Planning Commission off the back of recommendations made by the NSW Productivity Commission.
06 April 2020 - Knowledge
In 2020, Queensland introduced waste codes for tyres and concrete, contributing to a new market for reusable waste under the State’s End of Waste Framework.
03 April 2020 - Knowledge
In order to give project participants the ability to mitigate the delays inherent in enforcing social distancing on construction sites, the NSW government has removed any constraint on working days in existing and future consents. We look at what the new order may mean for existing construction contracts.
31 March 2020 - Knowledge
This article looks at a recent 88K easement case and clarifies critical questions regarding what is an easement at law, what is required to prove “reasonable necessity”, who bears the onus and how impacts on the land are to be assessed.
18 March 2020 - Knowledge
The Planning Institute of Australia (PIA) has declared a “climate emergency”, saying communities need help to ensure their aspirations for meaningful climate change adaption and mitigation strategies are met
18 March 2020 - Knowledge
The NSW Productivity Commission has called for significant changes to the role of the NSW Independent Planning Commission. We look at the 12 recommendations put forward to improve the Commission's independence, governance and performance.
11 March 2020 - Knowledge
We look at the new Building and Development Certifiers Act and Part 6 of the EP&A Act which are set to give principal certifiers new powers, responsibilities and liabilities.
19 February 2020 - Knowledge
The Planning Institute of Australia has declared a climate emergency, saying that now, more than ever, planners have a responsibility to integrate planning for climate change into their work. This declaration aligns with PIA’s national position statement, Planning in a Changing Climate (2015), and its more recently adopted target.
05 February 2020 - Knowledge
More than 2,500 homes have been lost in Australia this bushfire season, resulting in architects and residents in bushfire affected communities reconsidering building designs
29 January 2020 - Knowledge
New protections for koala habitat in NSW are set to take effect from March. Given the recent destruction by bushfire of important koala habitat, is it important to remember that the loss, modification and fragmentation of habitat has been identified as the key threat to koalas. We take a look at the key changes under the new Koala Habitat Protection SEPP, and also outline the likely limitations.