John Clayton

Clayton Utz
Special Counsel Sydney

John is a recognised expert in all aspects of environment, planning and government law, with over two decades' experience. With significant experience collaborating with government authorities and private developers, John's practice encompasses a wide spectrum of matters, including federal and state planning, environmental impact assessment, compulsory acquisition, land valuation, administrative law, and government decision-making.

Notable Work
  • Australian Rail Track Corporation: assisting on planning, environmental and land acquisition issues associated with the Inland Rail Program.
  • Environmental enforcement litigation: acting in litigation, including prosecutions for Government and industry clients.
  • Transgrid: advising on a broad range of planning, biodiversity and compliance issues for Project EnergyConnect, which involves the construction of an interconnector between the power grids of South Australia and New South Wales to facilitate the energy transition.
  • Western Sydney Airport: advised on all environment and planning issues related to the project.
  • Sydney Metro Western Sydney Airport: advised on all key environmental and planning issues associated with the project.
  • Barangaroo Delivery Authority: advised on environment and planning matters for this major urban renewal project, including third-party judicial review challenges and contractual disputes.
  • Sydney Metro Northwest: advising on all planning and environmental aspects of the project, including land acquisitions issues, legislative amendments and EIS documentation.
  • Sydney Gateway: advised on the planning and environmental aspects of the project, addressing the interaction between state and Commonwealth planning processes and strategic planning pathways.
  • Newcastle Integrated Services: advised Transport for NSW on the urban renewal project, including land acquisition, infrastructure agreements, litigation involving the Newcastle railway line, and property and roads acquisition strategy development.
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