Keighran Legal offers expert environmental legal advice

Strategic outcomes for our developer and landowner clients

We provide expert advice across the full spectrum of environment + planning issues for transactional, advisory and dispute resolution matters. We advise developers, investors, landowners and owners corporations on how to navigate complex planning regimes and environmental legislation.

We advise on the full spectrum of environment and planning mandates. We help navigate complex planning regimes and environmental rules and legislation.

Legal advice on environmental planning issues in Australia

Development approvals

We advise on development applications and modifications, and statutory appeals and environmental impacts pursuant to Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (NSW), the Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997 (NSW) and Environment Protection and Biodiversity Act 1999 (Cth).

Planning agreements

We draft and negotiate State Voluntary Planning Agreements (SVPAs) and Voluntary Planning Agreements (VPAs).

Compulsory acquisition

We administer claims under the Lands Acquisition Act 1989 (Cth) and Land Acquisition (Just Terms Compensation) Act 1991 (NSW), including initial advice, negotiations and compensation appeals.

Contaminated land

We advise on the Contaminated Land Management Act 1997 (NSW) and its regulations, including allocating risk to the appropriate transaction participant, remediation of land and contaminated site development.


We appear in all classes of the Land + Environment Court and represent clients before the Supreme Court and Federal Court of Australia.

Land rights + native title

We provide advice for claimants and respondents under the Aboriginal Land Rights Act 1983 (NSW), Native Title Act 1993 (Cth), negotiation of Aboriginal Land Agreements (ALAs) and Indigenous Land Use Agreements (ILUAs).
Sydney-based legal advice on environmental issues

Team leader

Jim Parker, Director, Keighran Legal

Jim Parker


Since commencing practice as a lawyer in Australia, Jim has been one of Australia’s leading environment and planning specialists. He has been an adviser to owners, developers, industry and government on project approvals and regulatory issues for major projects as well as the environment and planning aspects of M&A, financing and other major commercial transactions. These transactions have involved large urban real estate projects, mining and energy infrastructure, energy and transport privatisations, and major industrial facilities. Jim has also been involved in Land and Environment Court, Supreme Court and arbitration proceedings involving environment and planning matters. Jim has also advised in relation to international environmental matters including climate change, acquisition of contaminated land, M&A environmental due diligence on corporate transactions and a class action in Thailand by 1,200 personal injury and property damage claims against a mining client for pollution and land contamination.



  • Litigation
  • Mergers and acquisition
  • Regulation
  • Energy, resources and infrastructure
  • Native Title and Aboriginal heritage advice


Jim has a particular interest in Aboriginal affairs and has acted on a pro bono basis for various Aboriginal groups and individuals over the course of his career. 

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Premium Legal + Advisory services delivered through a commercial lense

Keighran Legal + Advisory provides commercially pragmatic legal solutions to the hotels, real estate and construction industries across Australia.  We are also wholeheartedly committed to contributing to the communities in which we work and live.

Proactive engagement

Our experience enables us to think ahead of the curve and proactively manage client outcomes

Commercially focused

Commercially focused, pragmatic and cost-effective service delivered in a collaborative manner

Industry Recognition

Our lawyers have been recognised by independent publications such as Who's Who Legal, Best Lawyers, Legal500 and Chambers Global

Full service

We provide a full life-cycle service, including deal structuring, transaction execution and dispute advisory services

Indigenous Outcomes

As a Supply Nation Certified business that is 100% Indigenous owned and managed, we focus on amplifying Indigenous talent

International Reach

Our lawyers have international experience and can assist in the execution and management of transactions in foreign markets

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Sydney legal firm specialising in legal advice in real estate and construction