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King & Wood Mallesons

Environment & Planning

5 ranked lawyersBand 2AustraliaAsia-Pacific 2022 View ranking table

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What the team is known for

King & Wood Mallesons maintains a specialist team 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 developments and other major projects. 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. Key clients include Infrastructure NSW, Ravenswood Gold and Stockland.

Strengths

A client who emphasises King & Wood Mallesons' "large pool of talent" and "high level of personal partner input," also identifies "a focus on understanding the problem from the client's perspective and providing a range of potential solutions for consideration" and "providing strong, commercial advocacy when advising on the resolution of commercial disputes" as additional key strengths.

Another client, who calls King & Wood Mallesons "our preferred law firm," reports: "The senior team is very knowledgeable, and client care is definitely impeccable."

Work highlights

King & Wood Mallesons advised the Sunshine Coast Council and SunCentral Maroochydore on planning and environmental issues associated with the AUD2.5 billion redevelopment, on a 53-hectare greenfield site, of the Maroochydore city centre in Queensland.

Notable practitioners

Debra Townsend is an established figure in the market, based in Sydney and noted for her provision of advice to clients in relation to planning mandates, environment disputes and compulsory acquisition matters. A client who notes that "her clear advice is supported by both experience and research," indicates that the former helps make her "a very good advocate when negotiating with government planning agencies," while the latter supports her "very strong knowledge of property law."

Mark Beaufoy is based in Melbourne and frequently assists clients with contaminated land matters, environment disputes and planning issues. A client who identifies him as "a trusted adviser" notes: "Mark is always available to assist at short notice and has proved highly skilled and reliable, no matter how complex the issue."

Matthew Austin acts for clients from a variety of sectors, including energy, resources and real estate, whom he advises on matters ranging from regulatory approvals to contaminated land issues. A client characterises him as a "reliable, detailed and direct" lawyer whose "wealth of experience in major projects enables him to drill down on key delivery risks quickly." He is based in Brisbane.

Michael Causer is based in Sydney and stands out for his work on compulsory acquisition mandates and environmental issues which often concern contaminated land or other instances of pollution.

Sally Audeyev is a Perth-based practitioner who regularly advises clients on environment and planning issues associated with the development of major Western Australian energy and resources projects. Respected in the market for her specialist expertise, she is valued by clients for her "high levels of customer service and responsiveness" and for being able to supplement her advice with insights from the public sector and indigenous heritage spheres.

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Australia

Environment & Planning


Debra Townsend
Band 3
Mark Beaufoy
Band 3
Matthew Austin
Band 4
Michael Causer
Band 4
Sally Audeyev
Band 3