Planning & Environment Law

Makin & Kinsey recognises the importance of planning and environment legislation, and its impact on our clients’ business and development activities in Australia.

At Makin & Kinsey, our team can provide you with expert advice and assistance regarding planning and environmental legislation, including:

  • corporate and corporate officer liability for environmental offences
  • contaminated land issues
  • pollution prosecutions and appeals
  • requirements for environmental licenses and approvals
  • the powers of environmental authorities and other public agencies under environmental legislation


Makin & Kinsey’s lawyers also have extensive experience in all areas of Australian law relating to planning issues.

We provide specialist planning and legal advice including:

  • subdivision and property development
  • liaison with local council and state government authorities
  • initiating and coordinating major planning strategies
  • assessing development applications and applications for modifications of consent
  • providing advice on the statutory requirements for the processing of applications for major projects
  • reviewing the sufficiency of environmental impact statements
  • reviewing the sufficiency of species impact statements
  • advising on contamination and remediation
  • advising on existing use rights
  • advising on planning appeals
  • advising and acting in relation to prosecutions including prosecutions for planning legislation breaches
  • providing advice on heritage issues
  • advising on the application of Commonwealth environment and planning legislation in relation to major projects
  • advising on the special requirements of Statutory Authorities and State-owned Corporations under planning legislation