Environment, climate change & natural resources

Innovative and effective solutions

Environmental protection, mitigation of environmental impacts, management of natural resources, and effective individual and corporate responses to the realities of climate change, are issues that none of us can afford to ignore.

LTL is uniquely placed to help our public and private sector clients reach innovative and effective solutions in relation to the full range of environmental, climate change and natural resources issues, including in meeting their legislative obligations.

In addition to having significant experience acting for local and state government agencies in metropolitan, regional and rural NSW, a number of our senior practitioners bring important insights gained from their previous work as prosecutors in state government environmental agencies.

Our lawyers bring this unique public sector expertise to the environmental issues at hand, no matter whether we are acting for the regulators or the regulated.

Where we can assist

Our work includes advising on environmental issues, representation in environmental litigation (both as prosecutor and representing defendants), drafting and negotiating environmental agreements, and reviewing corporate policies and systems.

LTL’s environment, climate change & natural resources expertise covers:

  • representing our clients in environmental litigation, as both prosecutor and as lawyers for defendants
  • climate change hazards, including bushfires, flooding, sea level rise and coastal zone management
  • protection of trees and vegetation
  • threatened species, biodiversity conservation and Biobanking
  • ecologically sustainable development
  • management of natural resources including water, waterways, soil and minerals, native vegetation and coastal zones
  • waste management
  • pollution control
  • contaminated land and remediation of contaminated land
  • use and restrictions on hazardous chemicals
  • cultural heritage protection

We specialise in providing innovative solutions to environmental legal issues including, where appropriate, the use of planning agreements or environmental agreements, including enforceable undertakings, to achieve ecologically sustainable development outcomes such as:

  • optimisation of the use of renewable resources
  • limiting harmful emissions
  • carbon credits and offsets
  • bio-banking and biodiversity agreements
  • waste minimisation
  • protection of riparian corridors
  • protection of endangered ecological communities
  • protection of trees and vegetation, including enforceable undertakings regarding revegetation efforts
  • monitoring and reporting of environmental impacts