Corrs Chambers Westgarth

Environment & Planning Department

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What the team is known for Well-regarded team, offering full national coverage, addressing a comprehensive range of contentious and non-contentious matters. Advises energy and natural resources companies on planning approval, energy efficiency, sustainability and climate change concerns in addition to water rights and infrastructure. Other mandates covered include the environment and planning approvals necessary for property and urban development, transport infrastructure and telecommunications. Also advises on major issues relating to waste disposal and contaminated sites. Able to advise on investigations and enforcement actions in relation to offences under the Environmental Protection Act.

Strengths A client comments: "They provide a solutions-driven outcome and are highly regarded in the industry."

Work highlights Acted for TransGrid in relation to planning and environmental approvals for a major network cabling upgrade in Sydney as part of the Powering Sydney's Future project, as well as advising on associated compulsory land purchases.

Notable practitioners

Christine Covington
maintains a varied practice in relation to environment and planning issues, including assisting clients in the construction and energy sectors on disputes and advisory matters. A client describes her as "one of the smartest people I have met," and goes on to say: "She goes into situations with a can-do approach without being unnecessarily optimistic and has the ability to listen and process information and provide advice in a short timeframe."

Henry Prokuda
is widely respected for his wealth of experience on environment and planning matters. A client comments: "He knows the environment landscape very well, is direct and pragmatic and gets the job done."

Louise Camenzuli
is a frequent adviser to both public and private-sector clients in relation to planning and environment issues arising from property developments and infrastructure projects. A client notes: "She presents really well and is good in the strategic planning space."

Michael Leong
is praised for his pragmatic approach to matters, a client commenting: "He's about getting solutions and not a win-at-all-costs-type scenario." He acts for clients on planning approval mandates relating to major developments.