Our Environment and Planning practice is one of the strongest teams in Australia, dedicated to advising clients in both the private and public sector on all facets of environment, planning and climate change law, domestically and around the world. 

Our knowledge of regional, national and international planning laws, combined with our prominent global footprint, enables us to deliver practical solutions on major domestic, international and cross-border projects. We act for developers, infrastructure providers, landowners, investors, occupiers, operators and governmental entities, providing a holistic view of issues arising from large-scale projects and real estate developments.

Our experience covers the full scope of planning issues, including advising on planning and re-zoning applications, amending planning schemes and ordinances, managing environmental assessments and investigations and negotiating with regulatory authorities. We bring commercial awareness and political, technical and regulatory insight to the planning process, advising on every step from project inception to implementation.

Our areas of work include

  • Appeals and public inquiries
  • Compulsory purchase, eminent domain, land assembly and compensation
  • Development and land taxes
  • Economic incentives and programs
  • Environmental law, including environmental assessments and habitat regulations assessments
  • Litigation and disputes
  • Negotiation of planning and infrastructure agreements
  • Planning enforcement notices and appeals
  • Planning, zoning and rezoning applications and appeals
  • Projects
  • Real estate
  • Regulation and investigations
  • Risk advisory

Market recognitions

  • Tier 1 | The Legal 500 Asia-Pacific, Australia: Environment and Planning, The Legal 500, 2022
  • Brand 2 | Chambers Asia-Pacific, Australia: Environment and Planning, Chambers and Partners, 2022
  • Law Firm of the Year - Planning and Environmental Law, Best Lawyers, 2022, 2021, 2019, 2018
  • First Tier | Leading Environment & Climate Change Law Firm (Victoria), Doyle's Guide, 2022
  • First Tier | Leading Town Planning & Development Law Firm (Victoria), Doyle's Guide, 2022
  • Second Tier | Leading Environment & Heritage Law Firm (Queensland), Doyle's Guide, 2022


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