Planning and Environment

Expert commercial and regulatory advice.


Detailed industry knowledge and strategic advice

McCabes’ Planning, Environment and Government group provide private and government clients with detailed industry knowledge and strategic advice across all facets of planning, environmental, heritage, land acquisition and government law.

Our specialist lawyers handle every type of issue related to land use development and the environment. Each lawyer has a wealth of experience dealing with complex litigation, providing detailed legal advice and performing rigorous due diligence.

We are client-centric with a focus on building solid, long-term relationships.

We work closely with our clients and industry professionals to achieve integrated solutions and resolve issues cost-effectively.

Our clients include:

  • Property developers
  • Private landowners
  • Joint venture partnerships
  • Owners corporations
  • Corporate and government entities


  • Land and Environment Court litigation in all class jurisdictions (specialising in merit appeals for all development types)
  • Supreme Court litigation
  • Local Court litigation (specialising in environmental offences and prosecution matters)
  • Planning and development conciliations and mediations
  • NCAT and VCAT representation (specialising in strata disputes)
  • NSW Fair Trading
  • Detailed planning advice work (including permissibility of land uses, existing use rights entitlements, designated development, integrated development and major infrastructure development)
  • Due diligence assessments for land transactions
  • Planning agreements and works-in-kind agreements
  • Greenfield and brownfield subdivisions
  • State significant development and infrastructure
  • Heritage and conservation agreements
  • Biobanking agreements, ecology matters, foreshore development and ecosystem management
  • Planning proposals and re-zonings
  • Plans of management for all types of land use
  • Pollution and waste licensing advice
  • Compulsory acquisitions and land valuation disputes
  • Strata plan collective sales and strata renewal plans
  • Government information and access advice
  • Contaminated land management advice
  • Land remediation and validation
  • Environmental indemnity deeds
  • Coastal protection and flooding advice
  • Probity advice
  • Climate change law advice
  • National Construction Code and Building Code of Australia advice
  • Pro bono work
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