The natural choice
As the market leaders, we’re the go-to firm for advice on environment and planning law. Our passion for our work, our innovation, and our roles on many of the largest developments, infrastructure and resources projects and environmental and planning disputes, keep us at the forefront of law and policy. We turn that into practical, solutions-focused advice that gives our clients a clear view in a complex and constantly changing area.
And because many of our lawyers are not just lawyers – we also have environmental science and planning qualifications – we can cut straight to the issues, and in plain language.
We deliver what we say, when we say we will.
A safe pair of hands
From acting on some of the most complex and sensitive matters in Australia, for government and the private sector, we know that our clients don't just need advice that is reliable, pragmatic and easy to implement – the legal answer and strategy must also go hand in hand with our client's reputation and social licence.
Our work withstands the toughest scrutiny, which is why we’re regarded as a safe pair of hands in any environment and planning matter.
Experts who are leaders in their field
Our partners nationally are consistently recognised as leading lawyers in global legal directories such as Chambers Global and Best Lawyers. We have leading environment and planning lawyers across Australia, experienced in every Australian jurisdiction.
Many of our lawyers are not just lawyers – we also have environmental science and planning qualifications. Coupled with our extensive experience, this allows us to cut straight to the issues, and to talk the talk. We often work as part of a broader specialist project team, and we understand how to deliver an integrated, cohesive and expert product.
We get out from behind our desks, because we know how important it is to understand your business and have a working knowledge of what you do. We regularly visit mines, power stations, water and wastewater treatment plants, waste disposal facilities, manufacturing premises, construction sites and LNG plants.
How we can help
Environment and planning law is based on a significant and complex array of laws and policies, so your legal advice needs to be both comprehensive and clear.
Our clients get holistic, pragmatic, and commercial advice specific to suit their needs and directions. This is underpinned by our extensive industry knowledge and our practical experience across the full spectrum of environment and planning law.
We work across a range of sectors, including:
- property development
- petroleum and gas
- waste management
Navigating the complex web of environment and planning laws
We specialise in providing advice across the range of environment and planning issues, including:
- vegetation management
- water management
- climate change
- coastal management
- planning litigation
- town planning
- environmental litigation
- director liability
- land valuation
- compulsory acquisition
- renewable energy
- environmental governance and risk management
- company and director liability
- carbon capture and storage
- protected areas
- statutory interpretation
- natural resource management
We'll help you every step of the way to keep your project on track, from feasibility reviews, to preliminary planning, assessment and stakeholder management, negotiations with approval authorities through to implementation (including addressing approvals in the transactional context and dealing with operational matters).
We've worked on some of Australia's highest profile environmental and town planning cases, so we understand contentious problem-solving and litigation strategy, and how to minimise legal risk. If a dispute does arise, we can help defuse it – or bring it to a head if that's what is needed.
We understand the role of environmental issues in the transactional context, and we have a strong practice base in environmental transactions (such as emissions trading, water trading, development agreements, and biodiversity offset agreements).
Compliance and auditing
Clients look to us for guidance in establishing good corporate and project risk management systems, environmental governance and auditing. We help them demonstrate due diligence and defensible executive practices.
Environmental incidents often involve a deluge of information and demands, from a variety of sources, and very pressing time frames, so it's essential you are able to think and act quickly and clearly. We have a wealth of experience working with clients on a wide variety of incidents (eg. pollution, biodiversity clearing, water taking, heritage impacts), and we can guide you through the matrix of issues to achieve the best outcome, including with our CU SAFE app, the first app to handle environmental, pollution, and OH&S incidents across Australia.
CU SAFE App
CU SAFE (Serious Accident, Fatality and Environmental Incident Response Guide) is a ground-breaking new app which helps you respond, quickly and decisively, to a serious safety or environmental incident, support your workers and meet your obligations (including reporting obligations), in all States and Territories.