About Hayley

Hayley advises all levels of government and private sector clients on environment and planning law matters, including environmental approval processes, environmental incidents, environmental offences and compliance, environmental liabilities and environmental due diligence. Hayley has a particular interest and expertise in biodiversity, climate change, contaminated land, and waste matters. She also leads the public law team’s knowledge, precedents and training function.

Hayley is admitted as a solicitor in the Supreme Court of New South Wales, the High Court of Australia and the Senior Courts of England and Wales. She has degrees in Environmental Science and Law, and a Masters in Environmental Law.


  • Biodiversity

    Advising the Commonwealth Department of the Environment on biodiversity matters under the EPBC Act, including the bilateral agreement process and the accreditation of State and Territory processes to conduct environmental approvals of protected matters on behalf of the Commonwealth, and conservation agreements between the Minister for Environment and developers for the protection of biodiversity.

  • Climate change

    Advising a not-for-profit organisation in respect of their objection to a mining project on the basis of the impact of scope 3 (downstream) emissions of the mine from burning coal.

    Advising a UK charity responsible for managing tropical rainforest in South America in relation to obtaining carbon credits or alternative finance for the conservation and sustainable use of the rainforest taking into account the value of its ecosystem services.

  • Environmental incidents & liabilities

    Advising councils and private sector clients on pollution incidents, including on costs recovery and potential regulatory action under environmental, local government and health and safety laws.

    Advising private sector clients on potential environmental liabilities in respect of UK-based corporate, property and finance transactions.

  • Contaminated land & waste

    Advising private sector clients on waste approvals and obligations, including the Australian Packaging Covenant.

    Advising private sector clients in relation to liability for contaminated land in the UK and on the mechanics of transferring that liability.

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