Planning & Environment

Indispensable 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 King & Wood Mallesons for legal and strategic advice on their most significant environment and planning and issues.

The regulatory framework surrounding environmental issues is evolving rapidly. Navigating state and federal regulatory processes presents challenges for new and existing projects.

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

Our planning and environment team advises on the most complex and pressing issues in the sector, including:

  • 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 strategiesEnvironmental due diligence and environmental health and safety
  • Land use planning
  • Renewable energy, including renewable energy legislation.

Extensive experience

Our planning and environment experience includes:

  • EMR Capital: on one of the most significant mining acquisition and financing transactions completed in the middle of 2020 during the COVID-19 crisis - a competitive deal to secure the gold mining tenements associated with the Ravenswood Gold Mine in Queensland. Ravenswood Gold Mine has 51 mining tenements and various environmental approvals with associated estimated rehabilitation costs of greater than A$100 million.
  • Dexus: on the landmark A$2 billion Brisbane CBD Waterfront Precinct redevelopment in Queensland including assisting with securing development approvals for the project, providing advice on planning, infrastructure, heritage and access issues and negotiating a complex infrastructure agreement with Brisbane City Council to facilitate new river walk infrastructure.
  • Stockland: on its urban growth area developments including Minta Farm, Cloverton and Craigieburn West in Victoria; scope included advising on rezoning and subdivision strategy and permit applications, as well as representation in relation to Craigieburn West Precinct Structure Plan, amendments to the Hume Planning Scheme and at multiple panel hearings.

Industry recognition

  • Band 2 Environment & Planning – Chambers, 2021
  • Tier 2 Environment & Planning – Legal 500, 2021

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