NELA is grateful for the support of its generous partners. As a non-profit organisaton run by volunteers, the support of our partners allows us to continue undertaking our signature environmental law and policy reform initiatives.

We thank the ongoing support of our Leading Partner Lotsearch and our Major Partners Clayton Utz and UNSW, alongside Supporting Partners King & Wood Mallesons, Norton Rose Fulbright, and Ashurst.

If you are interested in partnering with NELA and would like a copy of our partnerships prospectus, please email partnerships@nela.org.au and we will be in contact with next steps.

Lotsearch, Leading Partner

Lotsearch are the leading provider of environmental due diligence reports helping to identity risk to land and property.

The services are regularly used by environmental consultants, lawyers, valuers and property professionals to identify contaminated land, natural hazards, and planning constraints. Reports are available for any site in Australia and provide a fast, accurate, and best practice approach to ensure any due diligence is completed to the highest standards. Lotsearch also provides geo-spatial solutions to industry, state government departments and local councils. We have successfully delivered a number of high profile projects on time, on budget and exceeded client expectations.

As well as delivering great outcomes for their clients, they have also been awarded a spatial excellence award for our efforts as well as receiving a number of testimonials praising them for going above and beyond.

Clayton Utz, Major Partner

Clayton Utz is a leading Australian law firm that gives confident, innovative and incisive legal advice. The Environment and Sustainable Development team advises on all aspects of environment and planning law including:

  • Assessing and mitigating climate change and natural capital risk (both physical and transitional) of projects or development
  • Building resilient infrastructure projects and precincts
  • Waste minimisation, recycling, resource recovery and the circular economy
  • Carbon, water and biodiversity credit markets
  • Closure, decommissioning and repurposing mines and power stations
  • Green building and other sustainable development standards, and
  • ESG due diligence in transactions and supply chains.

UNSW, Major Partner

The University of New South Wales (UNSW) is a prestigious and globally recognized institution located in Sydney, Australia. Established in 1949, UNSW has since become one of Australia's leading universities, renowned for its commitment to excellence in education, research, and innovation.

The Environmental Law Group within UNSW Law & Justice includes leading environmental law scholars who are passionate advocates for evidence-based environmental policymaking and regulatory development at the global, national and local levels. As one of the largest and most experienced groups of environmental law scholars in Australia and the Asia Pacific, the group's collaborative multi- and inter-disciplinary projects include academic, governmental, non-governmental and industry colleagues around the world.

The Environmental Law Group covers four themes:

  • Governing oceans and coasts in a changing environment
  • Environmental security and the energy-water-food-climate nexus
  • Law for sustainable cities: economy, community and space
  • Nature rights and earth governance

Collectively these themes cover the most dynamic areas of environmental law, ensuring the application of scientific, ethical, theoretical, legal and other insights into practice and policy development in respect of the greatest existential issues of our time.

McCullough Robertson, Major Partner

McCullough Robertson is a leading independent Australian law firm, servicing national and international clients across every State and Territory in Australia. Since its inception in 1926, McCullough Robertson has maintained its commitment to delivering excellence with a uniquely down to earth culture for almost 100 years. With over 390 staff across Brisbane, Sydney and Canberra, McCullough Robertson is a trusted legal adviser to all levels of government, major Australian and foreign owned corporations, financial institutions, private enterprises and high net worth individuals.

King & Wood Mallesons, Supporting Partner

King & Wood Mallesons is a leading international law firm headquartered in Asia with 30 offices across Asia, Europe, North America and the Middle East. The Planning and Environment team advises on:

  • Planning and regulatory issues
  • Environmental impact assessment processes
  • Approvals, consents and licenses
  • Heritage issues, native title claims and native title issues
  • Resolving disputes arising from environmental legal challenges
  • Contaminated sites, including risk and liability, and remediation processes
  • Acquisition and disposal strategies
  • Environmental due diligence and environmental health and safety
  • Land use planning, and
  • Renewable energy, including renewable energy legislation.

Norton Rose Fulbright, Supporting Partner

Norton Rose Fulbright is a renowned global law firm with 3,000+ lawyers serving top corporations and financial institutions across 50+ locations worldwide. They excel in client-focused services, providing expertise in financial institutions, energy, technology, transportation, life sciences, healthcare, and consumer markets across various regions, including Europe, North America, Latin America, Asia, Australia, Africa, and the Middle East. Their global environmental law experts with worldwide expertise in laws, policies, and regulations focus on:

  • Handling various environmental issues: pollution, habitat protection, climate change, sustainability, energy efficiency, waste minimization, and renewables.
  • Assisting clients in navigating environmental challenges and developing risk mitigation strategies.
  • Collaborating with in-house teams and technical experts for comprehensive legal advice on environmental processes.
  • Vast experience in environmental litigation, government enforcement, regulatory interpretations, civil and criminal proceedings.
  • Evaluating environmental impacts and liabilities in real estate/business transactions with indemnification and contractual protection.
  • Skilled negotiators with regulatory authorities, offering a valuable "one-stop shop" for global businesses seeking environmental legal support.

Ashurst, Supporting Partner

Ashurst is a leading global law firm with world class capability and a prestigious international client base spanning corporates, financial institutions and governments.

With 31 offices in 18 countries, and a best-friend referral relationship with an Indian law firm, Ashurt offers the reach and insight of a global network, combined with the knowledge and understanding of local markets. The firm is relentlessly focused on anticipating the needs of their clients, and pushing boundaries for the benefit of our clients, people and communities.

As a global team, Ashurst has a track record of successfully managing large and complex multi-jurisdictional transactions, disputes and projects and delivering outstanding client outcomes.

The firm's people are its greatest asset and bring together global integrated teams of consulting, legal and NewLaw professionals to deliver a seamless service and provide the incisive advice clients need. The firm's focus is on getting to the heart of clients' commercial goals and going beyond matters of the law to deliver practical, holistic solutions.

Affiliated Organisations

Environmental Institute of Australia and New Zealand Inc.

The Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand Inc. (EIANZ) is a not for
profit, professional association for environmental practitioners from across Australia
and Aotearoa New Zealand.
EIANZ supports environmental practitioners and promotes independent and
interdisciplinary discussion on environmental issues. EIANZ also advocates
environmental knowledge and awareness, advancing ethical and competent
environmental practice.
EIANZ’s mission is to connect and support environmental practitioners to promote a
sustainable future.

The Australian Committee for IUCN

The Australian Committee for the International Union for Conservation of Nature (ACIUCN) connects Australia to the global IUCN network, fostering collaboration and knowledge-sharing for conservation. With over 40 member organizations, ACIUCN contributes to preserving diverse ecosystems across Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Islands. It serves as a platform for coordination, promoting sustainable practices and driving collective action. Aligned with the IUCN's global program and guided by the Oceania Regional Plan, ACIUCN shapes conservation policies, protecting the natural heritage of Australia and its Pacific neighbors, aiming for a sustainable and resilient future.

Asian Research Institute for Environmental Law (ARIEL)

The Asian Research Institute for Environmental Law (ARIEL) is a law institute focused on providing practical solutions to environmental law problems. It adopts a multi-disciplinary approach to solving environmental issues with an emphasis on ecologically sound measures and participatory methods.

ARIEL's mission is to transform the environmental and social governance landscape in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) region by creating a new paradigm of environmental justice firmly anchored on the environmental rule of law.

The Australasian Environmental Law Enforcement and Regulators neTwork (AELERT)

The Australasian Environmental Law Enforcement and Regulators neTwork (AELERT) is an internationally recognised and respected professional network for regulators across Australasia. AELERT is supported and hosted by the Australian Commonwealth Government.

Formally established in 2003, AELERT’s current membership includes over 250 member agencies and more than 3,000 individual members.

AELERT plays an important role in Australasia to advance world class regulatory practice. AELERT’s core activities facilitate cross-jurisdictional collaboration and innovation that solves common regulatory problems and emerging challenges. AELERT provides access to products for regulators and the agencies they work in use to better their practice and collectively grow the capability of members and member agencies.