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Environment & Planning

Our industry experience and technical know-how has made us the go-to team for practical legal advice about managing environmental issues.

Getting the right advice on environmental issues is critical in today’s operating environment. Having recognised the importance of these emerging issues many years ago, our Environment team has long been a market-leader in South Australia.

Our specialist team is headed by a dedicated environmental lawyer with engineering qualifications who will work in partnership with you to identify, negotiate and implement practical solutions that meet your business objectives as well as regulatory requirements.

We have extensive experience and proven expertise in a range of industries including mining, petroleum, wine, manufacturing, property development, environmental consultancy, financial services, agribusiness and energy. We help our clients communicate with regulators and help regulators understand the practical constraints faced by industry. This enables us to find and negotiate solutions that work in the real world – on the ground and in the plant.

Whether projects are big or small, we’ve assisted our clients to identify best-fit approvals pathways, prepare applications and supporting documentation (including detailed environmental impact assessments), engage with assessing authorities, environmental regulators and stakeholders, and negotiate practical and appropriate conditions of consent.

Our team regularly assist businesses to understand the range of planning and development approvals that their projects require and guide them through the application and assessment processes. Including:

  • Providing advice about appeal rights and procedures, and help clients through the planning appeal process where necessary.
  • Having specialist experience in managing environmental issues associated with project development, including compliance requirements and interrelated authorisations.
  • Advising developers about site contamination risks and liabilities, including investigation and management obligations, site contamination audit requirements and transfer of liability.
  • Providing practical legal advice about solving planning-related project issues and work with project teams to obtain timely and effective approvals.

Our specialist industry knowledge and practical approach places our clients in the best possible position to not only understand and manage their environmental obligations, but also to get approvals and agreements in place to enable efficient and sustainable business growth.

Key Services

  • Site contamination
  • Environmental compliance
  • EPA licensing
  • Environmental approvals
  • Environmental compliance training
  • Incident response
  • Air and noise emissions
  • Water pollution
  • Waste management and resource recovery
  • Vendor and purchaser due diligence
  • Climate change and sustainable development
  • Greenhouse gas emissions reporting
  • Carbon price impacts, including pass-through of carbon costs
  • Forest property agreements
  • Planning and development, including approval processes and appeals
  • Property and urban development
  • Project development, including major developments and environmental impact assessments
  • Wind farm development
  • Water access and water rights
  • Native vegetation clearance
  • Green claims