Christine Covington

Partner. Sydney.

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Recognised as one of the best planning, environmental and property lawyers in Australia, Christine has played pivotal roles in significant projects from Sydney to Beijing. She has over 29 years experience.

Throughout her distinguished career, Christine’s mix of planning, environment and property skills have provided her clients with a unique perspective on property development, planning and environmental compliance. Christine has experienced first-hand the legislative development and growing impact of environmental issues on business.

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Recognised as one of the best planning, environmental and property lawyers in Australia, Christine has played pivotal roles in significant projects from Sydney to Beijing. She has over 29 years experience.

Throughout her distinguished career, Christine’s mix of planning, environment and property skills have provided her clients with a unique perspective on property development, planning and environmental compliance. Christine has experienced first-hand the legislative development and growing impact of environmental issues on business.

Christine has acted for Green Square Consortium and Landcom on it's $77 million planning agreement with the City of Sydney to establish a precinct based trigeneration system; for Carlton & United Brewery on the rezoning and multimillion dollar sale of its Kent Brewery site, ALH on the portfolio sale and lease back of 54 pubs around Australia; for Woolworths Ltd on the acquisiton and development of a significant number of retail sites; and advised Randwick City Council and the Australian Turf Club on the Sydney Light Rail Projects. She has extensive experience in planning and environment appeals in the NSW Land and Environment Court.

In legal circles, she is a passionate advocate for women.

“Incredibly focused and extremely knowledgeable” Chambers Global Guide
Christine Covington

Christine's Expertise

  • Carlton and United Breweries $208 million sale of the Kent Brewery site Acted for Carlton and United Breweries on the rezoning and $208 million sale of the Kent Brewery site in Sydney.
  • Fairfax Media On the decommissioning and sale of its former print facilities in NSW and Victoria.
  • Woolworths Acted for Woolworths in numerous property acquisitions and disposals, leases and Land & Environment Court appeals.
  • Green Square Consortium and Landcom Acted on the $77 million planning agreement with the City of Sydney and infrastructure deed establishing a precinct based trigeneration system for the new Green Square town centre.

Christine's Leadership

  • City West Housing Chair
  • New South Wales Environment Protection Authority Board Member
  • Property Council of Australia Industrial Committee
  • Barangaroo Delivery Authority Board Member
  • Corrs Chambers Westgarth Diversity Council member

What others say

  • “Pre-eminent Environment and Planning Lawyer” Doyles Guide 2016
  • “Best Lawyer - Real Property” Best Lawyers Peer Review, 2013-2016
  • “Best Lawyer - Planning & Environmental Law” Best Lawyers Peer Review, 2010-2016
  • “Incredibly focused and extremely knowledgeable” Chambers Asia Pacific Guide, 2015
  • “Leading Lawyer - Environment” Chambers Asia Pacific Guide, 2011-2015
  • “Featured as a Woman to Watch - Change makers” Australasian Lawyer, April 2015
  • “Particularly adept at environmental litigation and has considerable experience in urban renewal projects and carrying out planning advisory work” Chambers Asia Pacific Guide, 2014
  • “Sydney Planning & Environmental Lawyer of the Year” Best Lawyers Peer Review, 2013
  • “Noted both for her excellent commercial focus and for her skill in handling environmental and planning disputes” Chambers Global Guide, 2013
  • “Legal Mentor Award” Lawyers Weekly Women in Law Awards, 2012

Christine's Thinking