Planning & Environment


With an increase in regulation, associated fines and director exposure, it has never been more important to ensure you are complying with, and aware of, planning and environmental issues.

Beyond complying with laws, organisations must also be cognizant of how their operations impact the environment around them.

Led by Partner and current Queensland Environmental Law Association (QELA) President, Hannah Riggs, our team provides planning, development and environmental advice and services to public and private sector clients including energy and resources companies, manufacturers and large-scale developers.

Our team use their significant experience and expertise to help clients navigate the planning and environmental issues involved in conducting projects and developments in Australia – from conception through to property use and development.

With an intimate understanding of the Queensland planning regime, our team provide highly strategic advice in a timely manner, enabling clients to deliver projects on schedule and with as little risk as possible.

In the event something doesn’t go according to plan, we are also experienced in planning and environmental disputes and have represented our clients in Planning and Environment Courts. Where necessary, we also collaborate with our insurance partners – who have expertise in environmental liability – to investigate and advise on related insurance policies.

We have assisted with personal injury claims, property damage and remediation claims, recovery proceedings and the prosecution of companies and their executive directors.

Hannah is recognised as ‘Recommended’ in the category of Leading Town Planning & Development Lawyers – Queensland in Doyle’ Guide 2023 Edition and is recognised in Best Lawyers in Australia 2019 – 2022 Editions in the category of Planning and Environmental Law and Land Use and Zoning Law.

We advise on:

  • Environmental compliance and amendments
  • Decommissioning and rehabilitation
  • Environmental due diligence investigations
  • Environmental impairment liability
  • Environmental incident management and litigation
  • Native title
  • Objections (including to valuations, resumptions and claiming compensation)
  • Permits and approvals
  • Project risk management
  • Waste management

The team

Hannah Riggs


Bronwyn Clarkson


Mark Kenney


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