Environment and Planning Law


What we do

The Environment and Planning Law Committee delves into all aspects of environment and planning law, raising awareness across the legal profession and the wider community about new and upcoming changes to NSW and national legislation, as well developments in case law and policy. The committee brings together a network of enthusiastic practitioners to discuss their shared interest in the environment, including the areas of planning, biodiversity, agriculture, climate change, mining, forestry and water.

Our initiatives

  • The Environment and Planning Law Committee uses the collective legal skills and knowledge of members to raise the profile of environmental and planning law issues throughout the profession and the community.
  • The committee’s work includes hands-on environmental activities, such as Clean-Up Australia Day, facilitating community forums on environmental law issues, arranging guest speakers at their monthly meetings as well as hosting professional development seminars.
  • The committee drafts numerous law reform submissions and has also produced several publications including contributing to the Lawbook Co. Local Government Law Journal.
  • The committee hosts a number of social events throughout the year, such as the Annual Trivia Night Extravaganza which raises money for charity, as well as hosting the annual Environment and Planning Law Essay Competition for young lawyers and law students.

Who we are

Chair: Katharine Huxley
Vice Chair: Peter Clarke
Secretary: Joram Richa

What’s happening

Please visit our Facebook page to view our upcoming events.


When do we meet?

11 February 2020 6:00pm

17 March 2020 6:00pm

21 April 2020 6:00pm

19 May 2020 6:00pm

16 June 2020 6:00pm

21 July 2020 6:00pm

18 August 2020 6:00pm

15 September 2020 6:00pm

20 October 2020 6:00pm

17 November 2020 6:00pm

Please note: NSW Young Lawyers committee meetings are currently being hosted via Zoom. To find out more information about our meetings visit our Facebook page or email ylgeneral@lawsociety.com.au.