King & Wood Mallesons

Environment & Planning Department

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What the team is known for Specialist bench with a broad national footprint, coordinating multidisciplinary expertise to advise high-profile corporate and government clients on the environmental and planning aspects of large-scale transactions, infrastructure and other major projects and associated financing. Also handles compliance and approval questions, land remediation, water supply and contamination issues, as well as representing clients in planning litigation cases. Represents clients from a number of sectors, including infrastructure real estate, energy and natural resources.

Strengths A client praises the team's "technical excellence and capability across several areas," also noting: "They have good depth and provide a seamless service across practice areas."

Work highlights Acted for BHP on the proposed expansion of its Olympic Dam mine in South Australia, including advice on approval options.

Notable practitioners

Debra Townsend
is an established figure in the market, noted for her provision of advice to clients in relation to planning mandates, environment disputes and compulsory acquisition matters.

Mark Beaufoy
acts for clients on contaminated land matters, environment disputes and planning advice. "He is personable and a good communicator," comments a client, adding: "He has a pragmatic as well as a legal approach."

Matthew Austin
acts for clients across a variety of sectors, including energy, resources and real estate, whom he advises on matters ranging from regulatory approval to contaminated land issues.

Michael Causer
acts for clients on compulsory acquisition matters and environmental disputes and compliance. A client notes: "He explains things in a way that you can easily understand, he is commercial, an excellent negotiator and understands the players and the process, and uses that to get the best outcome for you."

Sally Audeyev
is an established practitioner, based in Western Australia, who often assists clients on environment and planning issues relating to energy projects. A client comments: "She is a calm, clear and persuasive adviser who thoroughly understands the client's objectives and the risks we face, and is able to provide pragmatic and clear advice."