Planning and Environment

Planning & Environment - Australia

Indispensible advice on planning and environment law

With the ever-increasing focus on the environmental impacts of resources and infrastructure projects, sustainable development and climate change, along with a booming real estate market and major urban renewal projects,  clients turn to on King & Wood Mallesons for legal and strategic advice on their most significant environment and planning and issues.

The regulatory framework surrounding environmental issues continues to evolve rapidly. Navigating in state and federal regulatory processes presents challenges for new and existing projects.

Guiding you through planning and environmental regulations

Our expert environment and planning lawyers can help you obtain environment, planning and other regulatory authorisations, as well as help you to manage environmental risks, resolve environment and planning disputes, secure access to land and deal with regulators.

We advise on:

  • Planning and regulatory issues
  • Environmental impact assessment processes
  • Approvals consents and licenses
  • Heritage issues, native title claims and native title issues
  • Resolving disputes arising from environmental legal challenges
  • Contaminated sites, including risk and liability, and remediation processes
  • Acquisition and disposal strategies
  • Environmental due diligence and environmental health and safety
  • Land use planning
  • Renewable energy, including renewable energy legislation.

Planning and environment experience

Our law firm’s experience in planning and environment includes one of largest integrated coal, rail and port – an Aurizon and GVK in central Queensland We advised on regulatory approvals, tenure, regulatory risks, and land access strategy as well as negotiating key project documents.

We also provided AMP with strategic advice on planning regime changes to facilitate a new commercial tower on the 50 Bridge Street, Sydney site as part of the Quay Quarter redevelopment project.

"King & Wood Mallesons offers a 'one-stop shop' covering all environmental matters and capably integrates the work of its environment and planning lawyers with that of those engaged with native title and land access aspects. The team frequently acts for blue-chip players with regard to valuable construction and infrastructural projects."

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We have a full team specialising in this area.

Discover our latest insights into legal issues affecting your business

The Qld Government released the Consultation Regulatory Impact Statement for broadening and enhancing reef protection regulations to improve water quality protections for the Great Barrier Reef.

20 September 2017

On 7 September 2017, the Queensland government released a further discussion paper about how resource operators could potentially provide financial assurance sureties.

07 September 2017

The public interest character of recent environmental challenges has not been enough to avoid costs orders being made against unsuccessful environmental and community groups.

21 August 2017

This article was written by Scott Singleton and Nick Testro.  On 20 July 2017, the Full Federal Court handed down its appeal judgment in relation to a 2016 decision of the Federal Court, in...

21 July 2017