Planning and Environment

Planning and Environment

The ever increasing web of planning and environment legislation, at every level of government, poses many challenges for Australian and international businesses in every industry sector.

Our planning and environment lawyers have proven expertise in environmental approvals and regulation for projects and infrastructure developments across a wide range of industries such as resources, energy, manufacturing, property development, government projects, infrastructure and agribusiness.

Industry advice - all industries

With our National footprint, we advise project proponents across the country on all aspects of planning including land use, infrastructure agreements, dispute resolution, change-of-use applications, development approvals and planning and development appeals and enforcement.

Our expertise includes project due diligence, regulatory approvals/licences required for major infrastructure delivery, land access and tenure under legislation, environmental defence and directors’, executives’ and officers’ liabilities.

Real Estate

We deliver timely, effective and commercially sensitive solutions for property developers, from master planning and development assessment through to negotiations with stakeholders, infrastructure funding and delivery and dispute resolution.  Our dedicated planning and environmental lawyers assist with land use approvals, environmental regulatory compliance, resumption and compensation, master planned developments, planning and valuation appeals, infrastructure delivery and built and cultural heritage issues.

Resources projects

A national team of dedicated environmental regulation experts advise on all aspects of environmental management and approvals for major projects in resources, energy and infrastructure.

We have delivered approvals for some of the largest projects in Australia.  We are involved from the initial planning and feasibility assessment of projects working closely with clients to identify where the regulatory, legal and environmental pitfalls are and how best to avoid or deal with such issues.


We advise Local and State Governments and Government Owned Corporations on the interpretation and development of town planning schemes, policies and local laws.  Our lawyers assist Government in planning appeals and enforcement actions, infrastructure funding and delivery and environmental regulation and enforcement.

McCullough Robertson is listed as a top tier Queensland firm in the 2015 Doyle’s Guide.  Our team members were recognised with individual category listings for Stuart Macnaughton (Preeminent) and Troy Webb (Leading).