We work closely with our clients on large and complex matters that demand a creative, strategic and commercial approach to environment and planning issues.
As project stakeholders face increasing public and regulatory scrutiny as they navigate environment and planning matters, it’s important to anticipate issues and proactively manage them to avoid negative public perception and regulatory risk. We will work closely with you to understand where weaknesses may lie, to ensure that proactive steps are taken to minimise these risks.
Early involvement in projects means we can help to develop robust and best practice land acquisition and environmental approval strategies, to identify key issues and mitigate risk of disputes as the project progresses. We understand that environment and planning challenges can impact the commercial viability of your project, and will help you to keep your project on track and on budget.
Our global team acts on high profile, high risk projects and schemes within energy, infrastructure, mining, urban development and urban regeneration sectors. We work closely with our real estate, corporate, disputes and projects teams, and engage external technical consultants, to offer an end-to-end service on such projects.
We bring together experts in land access and acquisition, environment and planning, regulatory approvals, native title and indigenous cultural heritage to provide you with seamless and integrated project advice. We can also assist with environmental crisis prevention and management by sharing our real and practical experience in responding to major incidents and crises which often involve multi-jurisdictional issues and coordination across speciality teams.
Advising on the Hinkley Point C nuclear power project in the UK and on its application for a new nuclear power station at Sizewell in Suffolk (Sizewell C)
Advising BHP Billiton on environmental impact assessment, cultural heritage and groundwater issues associated with the proposed expansion of the Olympic Dam uranium mine in South Australia
Assisting with strategic planning, environmental, land access, compulsory acquisition and approval advice in relation to Health Infrastructure’s proposed hospital developments at Maitland, St George, Westmead, Brookvale, Northern Beaches, Royal North Shore, Blacktown, RPA and other Australian hospitals, as part of our integrated projects team
Melbourne Metro Rail Project
Advising on all environment, planning, land assembly, historic and Aboriginal heritage, land acquisition and property matters on the landmark A$12 billion Melbourne Metro Rail Project in Melbourne, Australia.
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Kathryn specialises in environment and planning law, advising government and private sector clients on major infrastructure projects, environmental compliance, regulatory issues and planning and environment litigation.
Matthew is a partner in the firm's real estate division and is Head of Planning in London. He is also joint lead partner for the EMEA real estate sector at the firm and is responsible for client relationship and thought leadership initiatives to grow the firm's cross-practice real estate sector expertise.