As a partner in Cooper Grace Ward’s property, planning and environment team, Leanne advises on regulatory compliance in all aspects of land management and use across three key industries: mining and resources, property development and major infrastructure, and agribusiness. She acts for developers, mining and resources companies and agribusinesses, and continues to advise the Queensland Government on a range of matters, including legislative reform.
Leanne brings more than 20 years’ experience, including nine years as a solicitor representing the State of Queensland in negotiations and litigation. She held several senior legal roles in the Queensland Government.
Leanne is uniquely placed to advise clients as she was involved in much of the development of the policy, regulatory and legislative frameworks governing land use in Queensland.
Leanne provides specialist legal support on mining and resources regulatory obligations, development approvals, compulsory acquisition, valuation, native title, cultural heritage, environmental offsets, carbon sequestration, water, vegetation, livestock and seed stock management, and biosecurity compliance.
She assists clients to navigate the complex regulatory compliance regimes governing land access, as well as preparing contracts to give effect to commercial land uses and tenure management.
In addition to front-end work, Leanne also has extensive litigation experience as instructing solicitor in the Planning and Environment Court, Land Court, Supreme Court, Federal Court and National Native Title Tribunal.