Environment and Planning

Clients come to us for a clear view of Australia's complex and constantly evolving environment and planning laws.

Our full service and truly national offering across all aspects of environment and planning law, from infrastructure projects, to major transactions and environmental and planning litigation, means our clients have access to the best legal advice wherever they are.

Those clients come from a wide range of sectors, including government, resources, energy, infrastructure, urban development, construction, manufacturing and agribusiness.


  • Chambers Asia Pacific:
    - "The individuals whom I have worked with are exceptional. Their legal expertise and experience, particularly their strategic advice, their client service, ease of working with, and responsiveness are all highly valued. They are understanding of the volume of queries in-house, and understand our business".
    - "They are always available, provide excellent service, and are very loyal to their clients: you do feel that you can safely place trust in them as advisers".
    - Acknowledged as a top-tier firm and the recipient of enthusiastic client testimonials to the diversity and superior quality of its skill set, Clayton Utz fields a strong environment practice, with notable concentrations in the Sydney, Brisbane, Perth and Melbourne Offices".
    - "The environment team at Clayton Utz does consistently good work across the board".
    - "They turn nonsensical legal information into sensible advice".
    - "They understand our position in the market and give us advice that is tailored to us, not just general advice for any client".
    - "They don't just give us advice in legal-speak; we understand their advice clearly".
  • Legal 500 Asia-Pacific: ranked Tier 1 or Environment & Planning (2021)
  • Doyle's Guide: Leading Environment Law Firm in Queensland, New South Wales, Western Australia and Victoria (2016)
  • Best Lawyers Australia: named Law Firm of the Year in Planning & Environmental Law (2016-2017)

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