Planning, environment and First Nations

Helping clients navigate the complexities of planning and environmental issues,  as well as land interests of First Nations peoples

Our global team offers clients decades of planning, environment and First Nations experience

We work in partnership with clients to deliver holistic solutions that help ensure compliance with legislation and are aligned to our clients' sustainability, climate change and energy transition goals. We have a large team of experts in UK, Australia, EU and Asia with comprehensive life of project expertise.

We advise on all aspects of planning, environment and land access. This includes assessment and consenting strategies, planning, investigations and compliance, due diligence, compulsory purchase orders and acquisitions. In regard to environmental matters we advise on contaminated sites, nature conservation, biodiversity, vegetation management, water, circular economy, waste management, climate change, carbon trading, sustainability and environmental, social and governance (ESG) matters. We have extensive experience in helping clients respond to major environmental incidents.

Our team in Australia acts for proponents, governments, First Nations communities and industry associations on a broad range of Indigenous land law issues including native title, compensation and benefits structuring, cultural heritage, First Nations land rights, human rights, Treaty, ESG and the free, prior and informed consent (FPIC) standard.


Team of global experts

Our international team provides a seamless service across all key planning, environmental and land access issues for projects, transaction, litigation and advisory work.

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Strategic approach

We help clients to obtain commercially viable and robust project consents in a timely manner and always strive to understand each client's corporate objectives to design strategies to manage legal, financial and reputational risks.

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Outpacing change

We understand the pressures faced in an increasingly regulated environment. We help clients prioritise the big issues and navigate emerging requirements and evolving stakeholder engagement expectations to help give our clients confidence in their decision-making.

How we can help

  • Major project consents

    Obtaining and defending approvals for major infrastructure, resource, energy and urban regeneration projects is a critical step in project delivery.

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  • Climate change

    Climate change is now a priority issue across boardrooms globally.

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  • Incident management

    It is important for corporations to adopt policies and implement plans to conduct operations to prevent and minimise incidents occurring.

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  • First Nations and native title

    The past few years have seen First Nations legal issues in Australia become a priority across politics, policy making and boardrooms.

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  • Water

    Water resources and stakeholder access is a critical global issue in light of the increasing population and change to the environment and geopolitics.

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  • Land access and compulsory purchase

    Land access may involve landholder access agreements, mining or petroleum tenements, offshore wind licences.

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  • Planning and Urban Regeneration

    Without planning consent, there is no project.

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  • Environmental obligations

    Significant liability can arise from environmental issues such as contamination, waste disposal, pollution, heritage, biodiversity and nature conservation.

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