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Ashurst

Environment & Planning

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What the team is known for

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. Frequently advises clients on litigation, particularly defending contamination prosecutions and challenges to mining project approvals. 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. Regularly advises government entities as well as major international corporates in the energy, resources and mining sectors. Key clients include Alcoa of Australia, Crown Resorts and Transport for NSW.

Strengths

A client who instructs Ashurst's environment team lawyers "because of their reputation as the best in this area" and an association of several years' standing, particularly appreciates the fact that they provide "clear-cut, definitive advice which we are able to act upon and always work within agreed fee proposals."

Another client characterises "Ashurst's excellent planning and environmental law service" as "skilled, responsive and commercial."

Work highlights

Ashurst advised AGL on its proposed AUD250 million development of an LNG receiving terminal at Crib Point in Victoria, assisting with all approvals aspects of the project, including engagement with the EPA and management of the Environment Effects Statement process.

Notable practitioners

John Briggs is based in Brisbane and 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.

Mark Brennan is "a very well-respected environmental lawyer with extensive experience in Australian planning law" who regularly acts for mining and resources sector clients on approval matters. A client characterises him as "a very intelligent strategic thinker who can think through the critical paths and respond quickly too," adding: "You know you are getting sound advice." He is based in Sydney.

Paul Curnow is respected for his knowledge of climate change law and for environmental expertise pertaining to renewables projects. Based in Sydney, he offers familiarity with the battery, hydro, solar, wind and waste energy spheres and regularly advises on clean energy finance issues and offtake arrangements.

Rebecca Dixon is based in Sydney and maintains a comprehensive practice, regularly advising clients in relation to environmental compliance, approvals and disputes. A client enthusiastically testifies: "Rebecca Dixon is amazing: calm, considered and clever, and very confident in giving her views and advice succinctly. The non-lawyers in our team find her particularly clear, concise and helpful; she really is a standout."

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. A client describes him as a "personable and accessible" lawyer who is not only "skilled in his own area" but also offers "a broader skill base off which to bounce issues."

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.

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Overview

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.

Environment & Planning

Ashurst

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Location

Level 11, 5 Martin Place

Sydney

New South Wales

Australia

NSW 2000

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Chambers Research is conducted by 200 Research Analysts, across 200 jurisdictions and provides nearly 6,000 rankings tables. Annually we collect hundreds of thousands of responses from clients, the majority via in-depth interview. Learn more about our methodology.

Australia

Environment & Planning


John Briggs
Band 1
Mark Brennan
Band 1
Paul Curnow
Band 4
Rebecca Dixon
Band 4
Robert Jamieson
Band 1
Tony Hill
Band 1