Associate / Lawyer, Environment & Planning (Sydney)

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Work type: Permanent - Full time, Permanent - Part time
Location: Sydney
Categories: Experienced Lawyers

Your Role

Our experienced Environment & Planning legal team at Allens is working on some of the largest infrastructure and urban renewal projects in NSW. Our team is recruiting and we are seeking an experienced Lawyer / Associate to be part our national Environment & Planning offering. You will be a key member of the team, getting the opportunity to work on a broad range of Environment & Planning issues on major projects with a number of senior lawyers.

Our Team

Our Environment & Planning team sits within our Real Estate and Development Group and is an integral part of Allens leading Projects, Real Estate & Development practice. Our lawyers work collaboratively with our Real Estate and Projects Practice Groups in Sydney as well as across jurisdictions, giving our lawyers an opportunity to work on major projects throughout Australia and overseas.

As a member of our Environment & Planning Team, you will work in a collaborative environment advising, acting and supporting our clients with their legal issues involved in their environment & planning transactions and development projects. Our team includes specialist Environment & Planning Partners and Lawyers and a team of generalist Lawyers, supported by Knowledge Management Lawyers, Paralegals and Practice Assistants.

You will work closely with many parts of the firm , each with unique backgrounds and life experiences. Harnessing the many talents of our people helps us connect with our clients, solve complex problems, innovate and attract even more great people. We've long been committed to inclusion and diversity and we're proud that there isn't an 'Allens' type'.

Our clients work with us because of our diverse teams, market leading quality and service. We have a strong track record in advising on major projects and bringing an innovative approach to the complex structuring of those deals.  As a member of our experienced and friendly team within Australia's leading law firm, you will be challenged, supported and guided as you continue to learn and develop during your career at Allens. 

Your day

The range of services provided by the experienced Environment & Planning legal team at Allens is varied. We provide advice in a broad range of areas including: town planning, environmental licensing and impact assessment, resumption and compulsory acquisition, environmental prosecutions and compliance.

Your role within the team could typically include:

  • Providing strategic planning approval advice for projects across a range of market sectors including residential, retail, commercial, industrial and logistics, aged care, mining, transport, energy and renewables.
  • Appearing in the Land and Environment Court in appeals, land acquisition proceedings and prosecutions.
  • Negotiating voluntary planning agreements at both State and local government levels.
  • Advising on contaminated land issues and environmental licensing.
  • Advising on planning and associated regulatory approvals.
  • Advising on biodiversity conservation, heritage and environmental protection legislation. 

Your clients

As a member of our Environment & Planning Team, you will regularly work on landmark matters with blue chip clients in the infrastructure, mining and real estate sectors. You will also work closely with colleagues in other parts of the firm to deliver projects in the water, renewables, resources and transport sectors. Our team is committed to delivering exceptional client care – if we spot an issue we raise it; if we spot an opportunity we let our clients know.

Your career trajectory

Our Environment & Planning practice is looking for an Associate who has the desire to learn and develop their career with us. We will support you on your journey and will give you access to our career framework when you join, providing a clear understanding of what high performance at each career stage as a lawyer at Allens looks like.

We also recognise that every employee's experience is different, and at Allens we know that successful and enjoyable careers come through your focus and commitment to being the best you can be, in an environment where you are supported and encouraged, and have clarity on key processes and decisions. Our career deal is a key part in achieving this; our deal asks you to take the lead for your career, with us providing the coaching and support to help you meet your goals and aspirations.

What you'll bring

  • Experience working in an Environment & Planning team, ideally at a well-regarded top tier firm, international firm, Australian firm or boutique firm.
  • Some experience in Land and Environment Court litigation
  • A willingness to build an understanding of clients and develop effective working relationships.
  • An ability to effectively manage matters.
  • A willingness to participate in business development activities, such as pitch documents, firm-wide pursuits, article writing, attending industry events and hosting seminars.
  • A desire and ability to grow, both as an Environment & Planning Lawyer and leader.
  • A strong team ethic.
  • An ability to establish a professional profile and internal networks.
  • A willingness to develop others through mentoring and sharing experiences and networks.
  • A willingness to build an understanding of clients and develop effective working relationships.  

Work pattern

This is a permanent opportunity for an Environment & Planning Lawyer - Associate. 

Allens supports flexible work practices and we are interested in speaking to lawyers wanting to work either part‑time or full-time.

About Allens

Allens is a leading international law firm with a proud 200-year heritage of shaping the future for our clients, our people and the communities in which we work.

From playing a pioneering role in the development of legislation and regulatory frameworks in the Asia region, to acting on numerous 'firsts' across a range of industry and community issues, it is in our DNA to make a difference and help shape what our world looks like.

Through our alliance with Linklaters, we offer clients a global network of 40 offices in 28 locations. With Allens, you'll work at the cutting edge of the law on the most complex and innovative deals in the market. You'll work with lawyers and professionals at the top of their game who, like you, strive to get a little better every day. And you'll be supported to take your career wherever you want it to go.

What we'll offer

You will be an integral part of a high performing, national team and have an opportunity to work with genuine market leaders. 

At Allens, we provide lifelong learning that develops you personally and professionally, and access to people and leaders who can help you become the best you can be. You'll be given ongoing opportunities to get involved and to take your career all the way. 

You'll enjoy a range of other benefits including free gym membership, staff discounts with hundreds of suppliers and regular social and sporting activities. Allens also leads the profession in community investment, giving you the opportunity to make a difference through our work on reconciliation, the environment and other social justice issues as well as our workplace giving and volunteering programs.

Are you ready to begin?

We prefer to hear from you directly. 

Please submit your resume via our on-line careers site addressed to Charlotte Frith, Senior National Resourcing Manager or contact Charlotte for a confidential discussion on + 61 3 9613 8983. 

If this isn't the position for you, please tell your friends or colleagues about it.

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