planning and environment

Before a development can come to life, it has to survive the planning approval process – and choosing the right legal team can make or break its success. Our Planning and Environment specialists can guide you through the critical early stages of a project, paving the way to completion.

Complementing the capabilities of our Property and Construction team, we assist clients in navigating the complexities of the New South Wales planning approval processes as they relate to commercial and government projects, from property development and infrastructure projects to corporate governance and due diligence.

We have extensive experience in acting for property developers of all sizes, mining companies and local government authorities concerning development assessment, land contamination and compulsory acquisition matters. We understand that every project needs an advocate and regularly appear in the Land and Environment Court of NSW in relation to development appeals, administrative law challenges and compliance issues.

Practical, responsive, and commercial – we provide specialised advice through all stages of the project life cycle. We take your plans from paper to possible.


We advise property clients across all areas of expertise, in particular:

  • Advising proponents on the preparation of development applications
  • Acting for proponents in the Land and Environment Court of NSW
  • Providing advice on the implementation of development approvals
  • Drafting Voluntary Planning Agreements
  • Advising on contamination matters and strategy
  • Administrative law challenges and defence
  • Compulsory acquisition
  • Environmental defence and executive officer liability
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