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Our Environment, Planning and Communities team collaborates with our property, projects and corporate experts to help government and major corporate clients deliver their most significant energy and resources, infrastructure and urban development projects in Australia. We also provide strategic environment and planning advice for Australia’s largest corporate real estate and M&A transactions.

Our key points of difference are our:

  • unique alignment with core sectors including energy, mining, infrastructure and real estate, and our deep representation in sector and industry groups both inside and outside the firm;
  • balance of government and private sector expertise, meaning our advice is well-rounded and takes into account all standpoints;
  • integrated native title offering; and
  • full front-end and back-end environment and planning offering.

Our team provides comprehensive legal services across the entire spectrum of environmental, planning, climate change and ESG issues. Our core strength is working as part of an integrated projects and real estate team on major long-term projects, from start to finish – from strategic planning and the development of robust planning approvals and integrated land access strategies, through to the development and operation phases. Throughout these projects we assist clients to obtain access to land and all statutory approvals, respond to any appeals or challenges before courts and tribunals, and negotiate with government agencies.

Our team

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Peter Briggs

Partner, Sydney

Peter Briggs
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Heidi Asten

Partner, Melbourne

Heidi Asten
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Melanie Debenham

Partner, Perth

Melanie Debenham
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Kathryn Pacey

Partner, Brisbane

Kathryn Pacey
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Rebecca Davie

Executive Counsel, Sydney

Rebecca Davie
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Naomi Hutchings

Special Counsel, Perth

Naomi Hutchings
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Tom Dougherty

Senior Associate, Sydney

Tom Dougherty
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Rachel Foo

Senior Associate, Melbourne

Rachel Foo