Environment & Planning Department

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Ashurst has one of the largest and oldest dedicated environmental law practices in Australia. We are consistently viewed by clients as trusted advisors and market leaders.

  • Infrastructure and development projects: Our planning law practice is particularly well known and highly regarded as being a key adviser on some of the largest infrastructure and development projects currently being progressed in Australia.
  • Environmental litigation: In the past few years our team has been involved in virtually all of the largest environmental litigation in Australia and with success that has built upon its already stellar track record.  For example, over the past 20 years we have represented mining companies in more than 50% of all cases in the Federal Court commenced by environmental NGOs and others seeking to overturn federal government approvals of mining projects and we have maintained our 100% success rate throughout.
  • Mining projects: Advising on issues to do with the operation and development of major new mining projects across Australia. Our team has also consolidated its leading reputation in mine rehabilitation which is a subject of ever-increasing regulatory and community focus. Regulatory compliance of the mining and gas sectors in Australia continues to be a significant issue and our team has assisted various clients in relation to investigations and enforcement action taken by regulators.