Environment Law

Our Practice

Environment law is an important consideration for all developments and we can assist clients navigate the various layers of environmental regulation.  Our significant experience in advising clients on all aspects of environment law means we can at all times deliver practical and effective outcomes to ensure that your development sustainable and meets all legislative requirements.

Our Expertise

  • Planning Scheme, Policy and Legislative Impacts:  Providing practical and commercial advice to clients on the impacts of local laws, planning schemes, planning scheme policies and regional planning requirements as well as obligations under relevant town planning legislation with respect to various environmental regulations. If you wish to know more about our planning and infrastructure expertise, click here.
  • Vegetation Management: Advising clients on their rights and obligations under the vegetation clearing and management provisions of local, State and Federal laws. 
  • Koala Conservation: Assisting clients to understand the complex and layered law with respect to koalas and other significant fauna. 
  • EPBC: Advice on environmental impact assessment including assessment under the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act (EPBC Act). 
  • Environment Protection Legislation: Assisting clients on responsibilities under the environmental legislation including environmental licensing and preparation and implementation of environmental management plans.
  • Contaminated Land and Waste Management: Advising on contaminated land issues including remediation and removal of land from the environmental management register.
  • Water:  Advising developers of new large residential developments on the classification of watercourses and downstream discharge obligations of owners. Preparing a range of easements for water range of matters including complex volumetric easements for flood storage and water management and advising clients on, and negotiating with authorities about, flood mitigation measures to future proof development. 
  • Environmental Offences and Prosecutions:  Acting for clients with respect to threatened or issued enforcement notices and environmental protection orders.  This generally includes liaising with government departments, nearby landowners and other stakeholders to achieve prompt and commercial outcomes.  Also acting for developers who have commenced or are subject to Court prosecutions where that is necessary to achieve their desired goals. 
  • Environmental Nuisance:  Advising on various matters associated with the impacts of environmental nuisance including noise disturbance, air pollution and water and land contamination.  Achieving solutions in all instances including application of setbacks, environmental covenants and neighbour agreements. 

Our Affiliations

Our firm is actively involved with the Queensland Environmental Law Association, Urban Development Institute of Australia (Qld Division) and Property Council of Australia. 

Publications

Development Quarterly - Autumn Edition

Our Team 

Please refer your enquiries to:

Matthew Shannon, Partner
(07) 3307 4506
mshannon@shandtaylor.com.au

Fraser Hardman, Special Counsel
(07) 3307 4512
fhardman@shandtaylor.com.au