Australia: Environment & Climate Change 2018

This year sees 39 individuals across Australia listed in our guide for their outstanding work in the field. The country is home to a number of top firms, with Ashurst, Clayton Utz and Norton Rose Fulbright all performing well thanks to their members’ expertise in a range of issues, including carbon offsets, environmental incident response and infrastructure projects.

Most Highly Regarded
1. John Briggs Ashurst, Brisbane
2. Brad Wylynko Clayton Utz, Perth
3. Mark Brennan Ashurst, Sydney
4. Paul H Curnow Baker McKenzie, Sydney
5. Martijn Wilder AM Baker McKenzie, Sydney

Ashurst is highly visible in the Australian market and is home to some of the top practitioners in the country. This year it receives an impressive four nominations.
John Briggs is a pre-eminent name in the Australian environment and climate change markets, standing out as one of the most highly regarded individuals in our research. He has an excellent practice that sees him involved in environmental compliance and carbon law.
Mark Brennan is a top name from the firm who comes highly recommended by sources this year. Identified as one of the most highly regarded practitioners in the country, he is a renowned specialist on environmental issues in the mining industry.
Robert Jamieson is an outstanding practitioner who maintains an excellent reputation among peers. He has extensive experience handling environmental investigations and matters relating to renewables.
Tony Hill has an excellent reputation in the market with sources continuing to give him strong support in our research. His areas of particular expertise include prosecution relating to environmental incidents and managing procedural challenges to infrastructure and energy projects. 

Clayton Utz maintains its reputation as a leader in the environmental law space, with an impressive five listings this year. The firm excels in a range of areas including land contamination, infrastructure projects and mining-related issues.
Brad Wylynko is a distinguished name in the Australian market who is commended by commentators across the board. His practice is one of the most highly regarded in the country, offering deep insight into environmental planning approval and carbon offset projects.
Karen Trainor has a well-established presence in the field and commands great respect from colleagues. She has a wide-ranging practice, advising clients in industries including mining, manufacturing and energy.
Brendan Bateman is an outstanding practitioner with an enviable practice that sees him advise and represent clients in a range of industries on matters such as land contamination and infrastructure projects.

International powerhouse Norton Rose Fulbright offers an excellent combination of commerciality and sector expertise to clients. The firm is home to many of the nation’s top lawyers, and receives an outstanding six nominations this year.
Elisa de Wit is an excellent practitioner who focuses her top-tier practice on counselling clients on a variety of matters, including environmental offences and waste management.
Elizabeth Wild is a distinguished practitioner in the Australian market and continues to hold a prominent position in our rankings. Her practice offers clients a wealth of insight into environmental approvals and compliance issues.
Nick Brunton is well regarded in the market thanks to his specialist insight into planning and environmental litigation, and is widely regarded as an expert in compensation and valuation cases.
Sally Macindoe is an outstanding lawyer who garners praise for her strength in planning law and project development, with recent highlights including the successful expansion of the Chadstone Shopping Centre.

Herbert Smith Freehills’ practitioners continue to be highlighted as standout practitioners in the market. The firm receives four nominations this year, reflecting their excellent position in the field of environment and climate change.
Peter Briggs has an outstanding reputation in the Australian market and is known for his work advising corporate clients on a range of matters relating to environment and planning issues.
John Taberner is described by sources as “the leader of the profession for the past 20 years”. His practice is “quite outstanding” and offers extensive understanding into urban infrastructure and environmental litigation.
Tony van Merwyk’s practice sees him advise and represent clients in the mining and energy sectors on project management and civil litigation. He has a well-established position in the market and sources continue to rate him highly in our research.
Top practitioner Madeline Simpson maintains a leading practice that offers clients an impressive depth of knowledge on issues relating to carbon offsets, contaminated land issues and environmental incident response.

Baker McKenzie’s Paul Curnow is a prominent name in the Australian market and is rated by colleagues as one of the most highly regarded in the field. He is internationally considered an expert on emission reduction projects and carbon capture.
Martijn Wilder is “probably the best climate change lawyer in the region”, effuses one impressed respondent. He is frequently sought out by prominent clients for his expertise in conservation finance and carbon markets.

David O’Donnell of Addisons Lawyers “really is outstanding” and maintains a highly rated practice that offers services related to contaminated land, planning law and commercial real estate.

At HopgoodGanim Lawyers David Nicholls has an exceptional reputation in the market thanks to his extensive experience assisting corporates on infrastructure planning and dispute resolution.

HWL Ebsworth’s Paul Lalich is a distinguished practitioner with top-tier experience in the real estate sector. He has over 20 years’ experience advising government and privately owned corporations on a range of matters, including development projects, infrastructure agreements and disputes.

A distinguished name in the field, Chris Schulz of Allens is greatly respected by sources, thanks to his wide-ranging practice offering specialist knowledge on environment and planning matters.

Corrs Chambers Westgarth’s Henry Prokuda is a standout practitioner who impresses with the breadth of his understanding of project approval and environmental compliance. He boasts a superb track record assisting corporations in the energy and manufacturing sectors.

Tim Power of White & Case has an excellent reputation in the market, with commentators giving him strong praise in our research this year. He is a talented practitioner with vast expertise of pollution risk management and native title issues.

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