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Kirsty Davis

Special Counsel

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Kirsty is a specialist planning and environment lawyer with over 15 years’ experience acting for private sector and government clients on residential, commercial, industrial, mining/quarrying and major transport infrastructure projects. 

She advises on the full suite of environment and planning issues relevant to her clients’ proposed developments and business operations, including planning approval processes and environmental impact assessment, contamination, pollution and waste law, regulatory investigations and prosecutions, compulsory land acquisition and planning and infrastructure agreements.  

Kirsty has acted on numerous large-scale urban release developments across NSW and on major infrastructure projects including the Pacific Highway upgrade, WestConnex, Parramatta Light Rail and the Newcastle Inner City Bypass. She also regularly appears in the NSW Land and Environment Court on planning appeals, land valuation and compulsory land acquisition appeals and environmental prosecutions.

Kirsty was previously a committee member of the NSW Urban Development Institute of Australia and is a regular mentor for the NSW Law Society Women’s Mentoring Program.

Key deals

Redevelopment of the Ivanhoe Estate, Macquarie Park

Advised Frasers Property, the lead member of the Aspire Consortium which was awarded the development contract for the 8.2 hectare site, on all environmental and planning aspects of the proposed development.

Moorebank Intermodal Freight Precinct

Acted for NSW Roads and Maritime Services in the negotiation of the Voluntary Planning Agreement for the Moorebank Precinct West development with the Sydney Intermodal Terminal Alliance (SIMTA).

Regulator investigations of environmental incidents / planning approval compliance

Acting for clients in the mining/quarrying, construction and industrial manufacturing sectors in response to investigations by regulators, such as the Environment Protection Authority and the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment regarding pollution incidents, waste disposal and compliance with approval conditions.

Genesis Care Acquisition

Advised a consortium comprised of China Resources (Holdings) Company Limited, one of China’s largest state-owned enterprises, and Macquarie Corporate Holdings Pty Limited on the environmental and planning compliance components of its acquisition of the majority interest in GenesisCare Limited.

Carter Holt Harvey - Sale of NSW sawmilling operations

Advised CHH Timber on environmental issues relevant to Carter Holt Harvey’s agreement with Associated Kiln Driers to sell its shares in Carter Holt Harvey Timber Pty Ltd (CHH Timber).