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Elizabeth in 60 seconds

Liz is a member of the Board. She is a specialist in all areas of environmental law, with a particular focus on contamination and pollution. Liz is also the Head of our Property, Environment and Planning practice and recognised by her clients, peers and legal directories as a leader in her field.

Our clients call upon Liz to help them tackle environmental issues such as negotiating the sale and purchase of contaminated sites and obtaining planning and environmental approvals for the remediation and development of contaminated land. She also advises on environmental due diligence, licensing and compliance issues and pollution law, as well as drafting and implementing environmental management systems.

One of Liz's career highlights has been acting for Jeffman Pty Limited in an action it successfully brought against the NSW Environment Protection Authority in the first ever legal challenge under the Contaminated Land Management Act 1997 (NSW).

Liz acts for large manufacturing companies, government agencies, listed property trusts and property developers.  Her clients include Sydney Trains, RMS, Orora and the Department of Defence.

Qualifications

  • BA LLB (Hons) MEL (Master of Environmental Law) (USyd)

Independent Recognition

  • Recognised expert in Environmental Law in Chambers Asia-Pacific, 2015, 2014, 2013 and 2012
  • Recommended Lawyer in Real Estate in The Legal 500 Asia Pacific, 2015 and 2014
  • Listed as an expert in Planning and Environmental law in Best Lawyers 2016
  • Described as "firm, practical, pragmatic and determined" and named one of Australia's leading environment lawyers in Australian Legal Business, March 2009
  • Listed as a Leading Practitioner in the Guide to the World's Leading Women in Business Law

Industry associations

  • Member of the Australian Sustainable Business Group
  • Member of the Australian Women Lawyers' Association
  • Member of the Australasian Land and Groundwater Association

Elizabeth's Recent Experience

DHL

Acted for DHL in advising on applicable environmental regulation across all states of Australia.

Jeffman Pty Ltd

Since 2004, advised on all environmental, contaminated land and remediation law aspects of the remediation of a site Jeffman owns in Waterloo, as well as acting for Jeffman in a number of legal challenges and in a mediation that ultimately resulted in a successful settlement of the legal proceedings.

Orica

Acted for Orica on the management and divestment strategy of a number of its contaminated sites in its NSW property portfolio.

Orora

Advising Orora on a range of environmental issues.

Sydney Trains

Advising on a wide range of environmental, contaminated land and environmental compliance issues across an operational divisions.

Elizabeth's Recent Insights

"Pollution" vs "Contamination" - what does your insurance cover?

  • 05 Jun 2017

In proceedings in the Supreme Court of NSW a family company, Amashaw, successfully challenged the refusal of its insurer, Marketform, to provide indemnity. The losses for which Marketform had ...

The EPA's site audit statement revolution - are you ready?

  • 03 Apr 2017

The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) is planning to increase the number, and change the types, of Site Audit Statements (SASs) that can be issued under the Contaminated Land Management Ac...

Key changes under the new draft Site Auditor Guidelines

  • 17 Nov 2016

Last month the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) released a draft version of the new Site Auditor Guidelines (the Draft Guidelines). The Draft Guidelines introduce new roles for EPA Accred...

Changes to the assessment and management of asbestos in soil

  • 01 Aug 2014

August 2014There has been much debate about the requirements for managing asbestos found in or on soil, with landowners and developers receiving conflicting advice and guidance as to their leg...