Rebecca has over 15 years’ legal experience in Queensland and Victoria in environmental, climate change and carbon farming and carbon pricing, native title, Aboriginal cultural heritage and planning law including:
- Acting for a range of Federal and State government agencies and private clients in the transport, infrastructure, mining and resources sectors;
- Advising on approvals and land access arrangements for major infrastructure and mining projects, including negotiating native title agreements and representation in specialist courts;
- Providing ongoing advice on operational requirements of resources, energy construction and transport clients;
- Advising clients across all sectors on sustainability initiatives, carbon pricing, carbon farming, and energy efficiency schemes and greenhouse gas reporting schemes; and
- Providing 24/7 environmental and emergency incident response assistance, including regulator and other stakeholder management, internal investigations under privilege and representation in criminal prosecutions (which can involve custodial sentences) and civil enforcement action.
Rebecca has been recognised by peers in the Australian Financial Review “Best Lawyers” awards and is ranked in Chambers Asia Pacific Guide as a leading lawyer for environment (which includes climate change). Rebecca was also the winner of the 2008 UDIA Women in Development Excellence Award for her achievement in environmental law. In 2014, Rebecca was awarded the Euromoney Australasian Women in Business Law Awards 2014 in the category of Environment and Planning.
- Advising a range of construction clients such as Lend Lease Engineering, McConnell Dowell, Laing O’Rourke, John Holland and Thiess on live construction projects such as Airport Link, Northern Pipeline Interconnector (Stage 2), the construction of coal seam gas pipelines and associated infrastructure for proponents such as QGC and APLNG and the Gold Coast Rapid Transit Project.
- Advising Bechtel on its construction of three LNG Plants on Curtis Island, Gladstone in Queensland. These projects represent the greatest concentration of Bechtel projects in the world and form part of the most significant Queensland infrastructure projects in recent years.
- Advising Isaac Plains Coal Management and Eagle Downs Coal Management on the native title and Aboriginal cultural heritage aspects of their mining lease applications, including preparing and negotiating a Cultural Heritage Management Plan and a Section 31 Deed.
- Undertaking the Department of Transport and Main Road’s annual legal review of its Environmental Legislation Register for the past three years.
- Advising Powerlink Queensland on a range of environment and planning matters for 10 years to ensure the efficient roll out and operation of its infrastructure.
- Advising on the development and implementation of the environmental aspects of Queensland Rail’s Legal and Regulatory Obligations Register. This required the identification of Queensland Rail’s business activities and regulatory obligations relating to those activities, the development of a legal obligations library in a plain English, easy to use system which is suitable for implementation on Queensland Rail’s intranet site.
National harmonisation of environmental regulation.
February 01, 2017
On 10 November 2016, the Australian Government ratified the Paris Agreement. .
January 17, 2017
Global law firm Norton Rose Fulbright has advised international solar energy company Wirsol Energy (part of the WIRCON Group) on the acquisition, development and financing of 200MWp of solar projects – the Wemen Solar Park in Victoria (110MWp DC) and the Clermont Solar Park, Queensland (90MWp DC)..
December 15, 2017
A cross-border team from global law firm Norton Rose Fulbright acted as legal adviser to Savills on behalf of the Japanese Hotel chain, Prince Hotels, Inc. on the $50 million acquisition of the Staywell Hospitality Group portfolio. The acquisition, which includes the Park Regis and Leisure Inn brands, is one of the largest Australian hotel M&A deals of 2017..
July 25, 2017