Solving problems is my favourite part of the job.

Sarah in 60 seconds

Sarah is a specialist environment and planning lawyer, with extensive transactional, litigation and advisory experience. Sarah advises and acts for government authorities, land owners, developers and financial institutions on matters related to contaminated land, pollution, waste, vegetation and planning and environmental approvals.

Sarah's recent advisory and transactional experience has involved complex transactions and financing agreements related to contaminated land, land remediation and rehabilitation projects and the redevelopment of industrial sites. In assisting her clients with these matters, Sarah has represented her clients in complex commercial negotiations and assisted her clients in discussions with regulators, financers and stakeholders.

Sarah is also an accomplished litigator, representing landowners, investors, local governments, developers and stakeholders in a range of disputes involving contaminated land, contentious developments and incompatible land uses. Sarah also has extensive experience representing defendants in criminal proceedings under the Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997 and equivalent interstate legislation.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Laws
    Mediator accredited by LEADR
    Masters of Law candidate

    Interstate experience

    Between 2013 and 2015, Sarah worked in Western Australia as a planning and environmental lawyer. Her experience included representing clients in legal proceedings and mediations related to waste, pollution and planning approvals. Sarah also advised local governments, Traditional Owners and developers on matters related to mining, green and brown field developments, contaminated land and compulsory acquisitions.

Independent Recognition

  • Lawyers Weekly, 2013, Top 3 environment and planning lawyers under 30 years

Industry associations

  • LEADR - Association of Dispute Resolution

Sarah's Recent Experience

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.

Sydney Trains

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

Sarah'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...