“They give us a glimpse of what’s to come and how to understand the interlinking of issues. They also have an extensive network of industry professionals.”
Chambers Asia-Pacific 2017
Maddocks has one of the leading Environmental Law teams in Australia. We advise government (Commonwealth, state and local), regulators and private sector clients. With approximately 30 lawyers nationally, our practice covers the entire field of environmental matters. From policy issues on climate change and major infrastructure projects to M&A transactions and operational compliance, clients acknowledge our broad depth of understanding and perspectives.
We are recognised by international legal directory, Chambers Asia Pacific, as a leading environment practice and have been every year since 2011. Team members are frequently recognised in other Australian and international directories including Asia Pacific Legal 500, Doyle’s Guide and Best Lawyers Australia. A number of our senior lawyers are also accredited environmental law specialists.
Environmental law is at the intersection of contentious social, legal and commercial debates in Australia. Maddocks environmental legal specialists are actively involved in these important debates through our work and participation in industry and legal groups such as the National Environmental Law Association, Australasian Land and Groundwater Association, and Australian Sustainable Business Group.
How we help our clients
Maddocks advises private and public sector clients on all aspects of environmental law. Our lawyers have considerable expertise in:
- approvals and land access for major projects
- contaminated land management and remediation
- pollution, including marine, water and land
- aboriginal and cultural heritage
- threatened species conservation
- native vegetation regulations
- climate change, renewable energy, the Clean Energy legislation and other greenhouse gas abatement regimes
- managing environmental risks in commercial transactions
- environmental controls and management systems, including auditing
- water and waste management issues
- environmental incident response and prosecutions
- environmental litigation and dispute resolution
- the interplay between state and Commonwealth laws
- Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 requirements
- the Hazardous Waste (Regulation of Exports and Imports) Act 1989, Industrial Chemicals (Notification and Assessment) Act 1989 and the Ozone Protection legislation.
- Chambers Asia-Pacific Guide 2017 – “Strong capabilities in water law, where the firm is regularly involved in complex work. Sources praise the firm’s ‘client-centric’ approach, highlighting the responsiveness and quality of advice.”