Kathryn Pacey’s clients – both public and private sector – get specialist environment and planning law advice, backed up by a track record in environment and planning litigation in the Planning and Environment Court, inquiries and Supreme Court.
Her particular focus on major projects approvals and environmental assessments has led to her managing project approvals from application stage through to compliance for some of Queensland’s biggest infrastructure and resources projects.
More generally, Kathryn helps clients with their obligations under environment laws, from the day-to-day issues such as site environmental compliance, through to the complex and high-profile problems of incident management.
She also carries out due diligence for vendors and purchasers of land, agricultural businesses, mining interests and industrial facilities.
Other environment and planning issues that Kathryn advises on include master planning for new communities; vegetation clearing and offsets; waste management; local, State and Commonwealth heritage issues; contamination; water licensing; compliance and town planning.
Best Lawyers Australia: voted by peers as one of Australia’s Best Lawyers in
– Mining law (2014-2019)
– Natural Resources law (2014-2019)
– Planning and Environmental law (2015-2019)
– Climate Change law (2015-2019)
IFLR 1000: ranks Kathryn as a notable practitioner (2018)
Women Lawyers Association of Queensland (WLAQ): Finalist for Woman Lawyer of the Year (2015)
– Bachelor of Science (Geographical Sciences), University of Queensland (2000)
– Bachelor of Laws (Hons), University of Queensland (2001)
– Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice, Queensland University of Technology (2001)
– Master of Laws, Queensland University of Technology (2005)
Admitted to Practice:
– Queensland (2001)
– High Court of Australia (2003)
– Queensland Law Society
– Queensland Resources Council
Clayton Utz’s Brisbane office is in the award-winning Riparian Plaza in the central business district of Brisbane, close to the Riverside Centre and Eagle Street Pier.