Ashurst's formidable expertise is applied on behalf of both public and private sector clients in obtaining planning and environmental approvals for infrastructure projects, as well as regulatory approvals for mining and renewable energy projects. The team frequently advises clients on litigation, particularly defending contamination prosecutions and challenges to mining project approvals. The law firm is also active in major inquiries and regulatory investigations at both the national and state levels and able to draw on the global Ashurst network for jurisdiction-specific expertise as required. Ashurst regularly advises government entities as well as major international corporates in the energy, resources and mining sectors. Its key clients include Alcoa of Australia, Transurban and Barro.
"The environment and planning team have a depth of knowledge and experience which is valuable for complex matters."
"Ashurst gives first-class advice in a timely manner reflecting the current statutory environment."
Ashurst advised Barro on deep waste hotspots which have developed at its Sunshine Landfill.
Robert Jamieson is a highly experienced, Melbourne-based partner who assists clients with the environment and planning aspects of a variety of projects, including energy and transport infrastructure developments.
Mark Brennan is a highly respected environmental lawyer, with an impressive track record advising mining and resource sector clients on environmental and regulatory approvals. "We regard Mark Brennan as the best lawyer in his area of expertise in Australia."
John Briggs is based in Brisbane and is particularly respected for his work in the resources sector, where he advises clients in relation to contentious environment matters and regulatory compliance issues. He also offers carbon, climate and water law-related expertise.
Tony Hill is a highly respected, Sydney-based practitioner, noted for his work advising clients on environment and planning issues relating to infrastructure projects. He acts regularly for New South Wales government agencies as well as leading private sector players.
Rebecca Dixon is based in Sydney and maintains a comprehensive practice, regularly advising clients in relation to environmental compliance, approvals and disputes. "She has good industry knowledge, deep regulatory experience and an ability to distil complex regulatory issues into salient or summary forms."