Australia: Environment 2017

We feature 29 impressive practitioners who are recognised for their environmental law expertise handling issues of water protection, waste management and pollution, as well as government and state regulation and compliance issues.

Most Highly Regarded
1. John Taberner Herbert Smith Freehills, Sydney
2. Henry Prokuda Corrs Chambers Westgarth, Brisbane
3. Christine Covington Corrs Chambers Westgarth, Sydney
4. Tim Power White & Case, Melbourne

ASHURST stands out as the leading environment practice in Australia, with four of its impressive practitioners highlighted in our research this year.
Head of the firm’s environment group Robert Jamieson is a well-established name in the domestic market, and is widely recognised for his brilliant litigation work before the Supreme Court and Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal.
The “excellent” Mark Brennan is a prominent name in the Australian legal market and is highlighted for his expertise in handling the environmental and regulatory issues surrounding mining projects.
Tony Hill draws widespread praise for his “fantastic” environmental law practice which encompasses planning, project assessment processes and approval challenges for major projects.
John Briggs is also recognised for his environment practice, most notably his work on approval processes for projects.

HERBERT SMITH FREEHILLS also performs well this year as three of its leading practitioners are highlighted in this chapter for their first-rate practices.
John Taberner is “regarded as one of the best in the country” according to peers and is “a long-standing figure” in the market. He delivers top-tier counsel to clients on large infrastructure projects, major transactions and litigation.
Tony van Merwyk is highly respected by peers who consider him an environment and planning law specialist. According to one source, “He is the most prominent practitioner in the field in Western Australia.”
The “outstanding” Peter Briggs possesses over 25 years of experience advising clients on project approvals, remediation, contaminated land issues and environmental planning.  

Three impressive practitioners at NORTON ROSE FULBRIGHT achieve listings in this edition.
Head of the environment and planning group Sally Macindoe is one of the top lawyers when it comes to planning law, particularly in relation to the development of major projects.
Elisa de Wit is internationally recognised as a standout environment lawyer and is renowned among peers as a specialist in climate change matters.
“Senior statesman” Michael Walton is a well-established name in the field of environmental and planning law, an area in which he is considered a true specialist.

CORRS CHAMBERS WESTGARTH is home to two of the most highly regarded environment lawyers in the country.
Henry Prokuda impresses peers and clients alike who consider him “a major player” in the Australian market. According to one source: “He is the number one lawyer in the country for the gas industry.”
Christine Covington is “one of the leading environment lawyers in Australia” and is recognised for her “excellent” work handling related compliance and regulatory matters

At ALLENS, Chris Schulz is “one of the top names” in the space and focuses his practice on environmental, planning and water law.
Paul Lalich’s environment practice encompasses a wide array of related matters from regulation and compliance to litigation. According to one respondent, “He is right up there with the best.”

CLAYTON UTZ’s Brad Wylynko is known for his top-notch environment practice, and is regularly engaged in dealing with planning schemes, compliance, development plans and approvals and representing clients before the State Administrative Tribunal.
Karen Trainor is “a standout name” in Queensland and is highlighted for her deep regulatory understanding.

Tim Power at WHITE & CASE possesses over 24 years of experience in the field, and is considered by peers to be a real expert when it comes to handling environmental planning and land acquisition matters. 

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Nominees have been selected based upon comprehensive, independent survey work with both general counsel and private practice lawyers worldwide. Only specialists who have met independent international research criteria are listed.

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