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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, 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 in Best Lawyers in Australia in 2017-2019 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.
Advised on the environment, planning and mining issues associated with the Wilpinjong Extension Project in New South Wales, including environmental impact assessment, Commonwealth approvals, mining tenements and native title requirements. The A$100 million project was approved in 2017.
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.
Assisted in negotiating with a number of government and private parties in respect to the preparation of agreements for the funding and delivery of a number of large infrastructure projects in Western Sydney.
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.
Finalist, Exceptional Woman in Mining
Listed as a leading lawyer in Planning and Environmental Law
Finalist, Partner of the Year: Projects, Energy and Resources
Finalist, Partner of the Year: Planning and Environment
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