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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.


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Explore our comprehensive insights into managing large, complex projects, environmental and planning matters, best practices for land acquisition, environmental approval strategies, and risk mitigation in disputes.

Recent Experience


Advising on its planning and environmental consenting strategy to carry out hydraulic fracturing in the UK

British Land

Advising on all aspects of its development at Canada Water, London including planning and construction advice. The project at Canada Water which will include a new residential-led, mixed use space. The project at Canada Water will feature 5 million sq ft of indoor space and take up to a decade to build. Planning permission for the masterplan was granted in May 2020, following a year-long negotiation of the section 106 agreement for the project. The planning permission is the largest ever granted in the London Borough of Southwark and in the UK.

Gatwick Airport

Advising in relation to its new masterplan for the airport and on the promotion of a development consent order (DCO) to authorise a £500 million airport reconfiguration project to turn the emergency runway into a second operational runway and related plans for enhanced airport infrastructure including hotels, retail and significant related highway works

EDF Energy

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)

Health infrastructure

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


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