Samantha specialises in planning and environmental law. She advises Commonwealth, State and Local Government and private sector clients on a range of matters, including planning approval processes, biodiversity, Crown land, environmental liabilities, contaminated land, native title, Aboriginal cultural heritage and water law.
Samantha has a keen interest in climate change law and works extensively with our Government clients across a range of mining related matters. Her knowledge in this area is complemented by her extensive experience in civil and administrative litigation and contract drafting. This enables Samantha to produce detailed and comprehensive advice, whilst retaining a broader focus on her clients’ overall objectives and assisting to identify and proactively manage associated risks.
Advising various Government departments in relation to the assessment and approval processes applying to the grant of mining leases, land access issues in relation to mining on Crown land, rehabilitation, compensation and reform proposals. Samantha has also drafted various Government agreements in relation to land access and rehabilitation of mining activities.
Planning approval processes
Advising various Government and private sector clients on the environmental assessment requirements for developments. This includes reviewing environmental impact assessments and advising on assessment processes, biodiversity offsetting requirements and Commonwealth assessment requirements for matters of national environmental significance.
Environmental liabilities and contaminated land
Advising private sector clients in relation to potential liabilities for environmental incidents and historical contamination, including responding to clean-up notices and show cause notices issued by the NSW Environment Protection Authority.
Native title and Aboriginal cultural heritage
Advising Local and other Government clients in relation to native title issues arising when dealing with Crown land and environmental due diligence required before carrying out works which could impact on Aboriginal cultural heritage.
Civil and administrative litigation
Advising Government clients in judicial review proceedings in the NSW Land and Environment Court concerning administrative decision making, including in relation to the grant of a mining lease, development consent and water licencing decisions. Samantha has also acted in merits review proceedings in the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal and civil disputes in the NSW Supreme Court.
Streamlining and Standards: The proposed amendments to the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999
We examine the proposed changes and how the bills interact
2020 Climate Year in Review
Our overview on significant climate events from this year what we can expect for 2021