HWL Ebsworth expands its environment and planning offering into Western Australia

24 May 2016

Leading independent Australian law firm HWL Ebsworth Lawyers has announced that Charmian Barton has joined the firm as a partner within its Planning & Environment team in Perth.

Charmian joins HWL Ebsworth from Norton Rose Fulbright where she was a partner.

With 20 years’ experience in all areas of environmental and planning law, Charmian’s appointment is a significant step in the national expansion of the firm’s offering in this area.

Charmian helps clients navigate project approval processes and regularly appears in planning appeals before the WA State Administrative Tribunal.  She also advises clients on the management of contaminated land, brownfields redevelopment, compulsory land acquisition and compensation, biobanking and carbon risk.

Her clients include federal, state and local authorities, proponents of major infrastructure and renewable energy projects, resources and energy companies, developers, healthcare providers, manufacturers, retailers, emissions-intensive industries and environmental consultants.

Charmian is currently ranked as a leading lawyer – Environment by Chambers Asia-Pacific and has been selected for inclusion by her peers in Best Lawyers in Australia© for the practice areas of Government, and Land Use and Zoning.

Juan Martinez, Managing Partner of HWL Ebsworth, said “Charmian’s arrival comes at a critical time when demand from our clients for informed and commercial advice on complex environmental and planning related matters is increasing. We are proud to act for some of the most dynamic organisations in Western Australia, and many of them require genuine experience in the planning and environment area“.

Charmian’s expertise compliments our significant national Environment and Planning practice perfectly, and being in a position to offer our clients on the ground expertise in Perth places us at a significant advantage to those firms who need to source expertise from interstate,” added Juan.

Note to Editors:

HWL Ebsworth is the largest legal partnership in Australia according to the most recent partnership surveys published by The Australian and the Australian Financial Review.

Following the abovementioned appointment, the firm will comprise 976 staff including: 199 Partners, 491 other legal staff and 313 support staff across offices in nine locations – Adelaide, Alice Springs, Brisbane, Canberra, Darwin, Melbourne, Norwest (North West Sydney), Perth and Sydney.

HWL Ebsworth is an independent, nationally integrated, full service commercial law firm, providing tailored and commercially oriented legal services.

HWL Ebsworth operates a different business model to the other leading national law practices, and this allows us to offer unrivalled value for money without compromising quality and service. Our low ratio of solicitors to partners ensures that our clients receive optimal access to partner resources for all matters.

For further information, please contact:

Russell Mailler, National Marketing Manager (03) 8644 3569 or rmailler@hwle.com.au.

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