Corrs Chambers Westgarth’s Environment and Planning team has been ranked in the top echelon of Queensland lawyers in the annual ratings published by Australia’s leading legal practice benchmarking website.

Doyle’s Guide to the Australian Legal Profession today released its 2014 report on Queensland’s Leading Planning and Environment Law Firms and Lawyers, naming Corrs as a top tier firm and two of its practitioners as pre-eminent Planning and Environment lawyers.

Corrs secured a position as one of only three Top Tier Queensland Planning and Environment Law Firms, beating out national and global firms including, Allens, Norton Rose Fulbright, Herbert Smith Freehills, Minter Ellison, and Ashurst. The Corrs group was confirmed as continuing to be the “benchmark of the Queensland Planning and Environment market”.

Corrs Partners Michael Leong and Henry Prokuda secured two of only six Pre-eminent positions in the Leading Planning and Environment Lawyers ratings.

Henry is also recognised by the Chambers Global Guide as being “unquestionably, the pre-eminent environment law and cultural heritage law practitioner in Queensland” while Michael was named Planning and Environment Lawyer of the Year by the Australian Financial Review.

The 2014 listing of Leading Queensland Planning and Environment Lawyers details lawyers practising within the areas of planning, environment and climate change matters in the Queensland legal market who have been identified for their expertise and abilities in the area.

It is compiled on the back of feedback from both solicitors practising within these areas and client referees.

More about Michael Leong

Michael is one of Australia’s leading practitioners in a range of areas including planning / environment / valuation litigation and advice, drafting statutory planning documents and negotiating infrastructure documents. He offers his clients an insider's knowledge and insight gained from his previous role as a town planner.

He has a strong profile in the Queensland market and is a regular speaker at industry conferences. He was previously the President of the Queensland Environmental Law Association Inc and is currently on the Urban Futures Brisbane Board which provides strategic policy direction to Brisbane City Council. In addition to his legal qualifications, Michael also holds a Masters of Urban and Regional Planning.

More about Henry Prokuda

Henry is one of the foremost planning and environment lawyers in the country. He has a unique skill set that combines a deep knowledge of the regulation of development assessment, project approvals, environmental impact assessment and compliance, native title and aboriginal cultural heritage.

Henry is at his best as part of a team delivering practical, solution driven advice in a strategic context. Acutely aware of the importance of timing and project schedule imperatives, his approach is to find the quickest, lowest risk solution to problems.

He is a skilled negotiator in relation to project planning and approval processes and is a specialist litigator in the Planning and Environment Court and Land Court.

He is also a past president of the Queensland Environmental Law Association Incorporated and holds post graduate qualifications in environmental law. He is a trained mediator as well.

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