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Rainer is a solicitor in the Sydney Environment, Planning and Communities team.

Rainer specialises in providing advice to the government, real estate, energy and resources and infrastructure sectors in relation to a wide range of environmental and planning issues including development pathways and approvals, biodiversity and conservation, water licencing, heritage and land access and acquisition. 

Rainer has experience litigating in the Land and Environment Court and has acted on significant transactions involving the sale and/or use of land. 


Rainer holds a Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honours) and a Bachelor of Arts from the Australian National University. He is admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of New South Wales and the High Court of Australia.

Experience & expertise

Selected matters

  • Advised the financiers in relation to environmental and planning issues arising in Stockland’s $1.3b acquisition of Lendlease master planned communities.
  • Advised sponsors to the Canberra Metro Consortium in relation to environmental and planning issues arising from Stage 2A of the Canberra Metro Light Rail project.
  • Advised a government client in relation to the application of Part 5 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 for the development of a politically sensitive project.
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