Kelly Alcorn

Kelly Alcorn

Planning & Environment
+61 (0) 7 3000 8377
+61 (0) 422 234 188
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Kelly is a leading expert in planning and environment law, with 20 years experience assisting the property, infrastructure, energy and resource sectors to navigate the complex and ever-changing regulatory framework to facilitate the timely delivery of projects.   

Her experience includes negotiating with all levels of government to facilitate development and advising on project approvals including development and environmental approvals, infrastructure agreements, environmental offsets, vegetation clearing, contaminated land and compulsory acquisition of land.   

Whilst her primary focus is to assist clients in avoiding costly and time consuming litigation, Kelly is also experienced in running planning and environment court appeals and applications. She also regularly advises clients on environmental risk and incident management, assists in responding to enforcement action and defending prosecutions in relation to development and environmental offences. 

With qualifications in law, environmental science and town planning, and having held a number of in-house project management and delivery roles in the property and resource sectors, Kelly is able to provide knowledgeable and commercial legal advice.

She has been named in Best Lawyers Australia® in the field of Land Use and Zoning Law, and has also been recognised as a Leading Planning and Development Lawyer and Leading Environment and Heritage Lawyer by the Doyle's Guide

Kelly joins Carter Newell having been a partner at a national firm. She brings a wealth of experience and industry knowledge to Carter Newell’s property, energy & resources and constructions & engineering teams.

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  • Leading Planning & Development Lawyer by Doyle's Guide 2019 and 2017
  • The Best Lawyers in Australia 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017 - Land Use and Zoning Law; Natural Resources Law
  • Leading Environment & Heritage Lawyer by Doyle's Guide 2017

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