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Samantha is a planning and environment lawyer specialising in the property, infrastructure, energy and resources industries.
She acts for major miners, infrastructure providers and large developers, and advises her clients on all aspects of planning and environment regulation including planning and environmental approvals, compliance, development contributions, water, biodiversity offsets, native title, contaminated land and pollution offences. She also regularly assists clients in assessing project risks and provides practical advice for her clients in responding to regulatory investigations as well as acting for her clients in planning and environment litigation.
Samantha has contributed to some of the largest mining projects in Australia and has a 100% success rate in obtaining planning and environment approvals for her clients.
She was recognised as a leading Environment and Climate Change lawyer in Doyles Guide in 2019 and 2020, listed in Best Lawyers in Australia in 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020 and was a finalist in the 2017 Lawyers Weekly Partner of the Year Awards in the categories of Planning and Environment and Projects, Energy and Resources. She was also recently selected as a finalist in the 2019 NSW Exceptional Woman in Mining Award.
Acting for Grafil Pty Ltd (Grafil) and Robert Mackenzie (director of Grafil) in relation to a criminal prosecution brought by the EPA in which it is alleged that Grafil/ Mackenzie used land as a waste facility without lawful authority.
Assisted Glencore in obtaining the State and Federal planning and environmental approvals required for the A$150 million Mount Owen Continued Operations Project.
Acted in prosecutions in respect of charges of polluting waters, failure to notify a pollution incident and breach of licence conditions.
Advised GrainCorp in respect of a number of environmental matters relating to their grain business across their NSW, Victorian and Queensland operations.
Advised the peak industry body representing the mining industry in NSW in respect of a number of key policy and legislative reforms including recent proposed changes to the NSW planning, biodiversity and mining legislation.
Advised a number of AIS’ member schools in relation to planning approvals required for school expansion projects.
Recommended leading environment and climate change lawyer New South Wales
Native title, planning and environment partner of the year (finalist)
Finalist for exceptional woman in mining
Recognised in mining and planning & environmental law
Finalist for partner of the year in projects, energy & resources category
Finalist for partner of the year in the category of planning and environment
On 13 October 2021, the NSW Government launched the NSW hydrogen strategy, establishing the Electricity Infrastructure Roadmap for the development of the state’s hydrogen industry.
On 26 August 2021, Chief Judge Preston of the Land and Environment Court of NSW handed down the decision in Bushfire Survivors for Climate Action Incorporated v Environment Protection Authority...
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