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 also has over 27 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 and environmental compliance. Christine has experienced first-hand the legislative development and growing impact of environmental issues on business.

As the challenges of climate change continue to mount, Christine’s expertise makes a big difference to her clients’ ability to anticipate and manage impacts on their operations and their bottom line.

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; and for Woolworths Ltd on the acquisiton and development of a significant number of retail sites. She has advised ChemChina Corporation on its acquisition of Qenos from Orica and ExxonMobil and played important roles in a significant number of Land & Environment Court appeals.

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

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 also has over 27 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 and environmental compliance. Christine has experienced first-hand the legislative development and growing impact of environmental issues on business.

As the challenges of climate change continue to mount, Christine’s expertise makes a big difference to her clients’ ability to anticipate and manage impacts on their operations and their bottom line.

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; and for Woolworths Ltd on the acquisiton and development of a significant number of retail sites. She has advised ChemChina Corporation on its acquisition of Qenos from Orica and ExxonMobil and played important roles in a significant number of Land & Environment Court appeals.

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

“Particularly adept at environmental litigation” Chambers Global Guide
Christine Covington

Christine's Expertise

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • ChemChina Corporation acquisition of Qenos Advised ChemChina Corporation on the environmental liability associated with its acquisition of the Qenos Group from Orica and ExxonMobil.
  • Major development in Hunter Valley, NSW Acted for Huntlee on its rezoning and project application for 7,500 new dwellings in the Hunter Valley of NSW.
  • Woolworths Acted for Woolworths in numerous property acquisitions and disposals, leases and Land & Environment Court appeals.

Christine's Leadership

  • Corrs Chambers Westgarth Board Member
  • City West Housing Director
  • New South Wales Environment Protection Authority Board Member
  • Commonwealth Business Women Australia Steering Committee Member
  • Property Council of Australia Industrial Committee

What others say

  • “Planning & Environmental Lawyer of the Year” Best Lawyers Peer Review, 2013
  • “Best Lawyer - Real Property” Best Lawyers Peer Review, 2013 & 2014
  • “Noted both for her excellent commercial focus and for her skill in handling environmental and planning disputes” Chambers Global Guide, 2013
  • “Leading Lawyer - Environment” Chambers Global Guide, 2011-2014
  • “Clients say she is 'a knowledgeable and consistent litigator who has a good understanding of clients’ businesses and provides strategic advice'” Chambers Global Guide, 2011
  • “Best Lawyer - Planning & Environmental Law” Best Lawyers Peer Review, 2010-2014
  • “Recommended Lawyer - Planning & Environment (NSW)” Doyle’s Guide to the Australian Legal Profession, 2011-2012
  • “Leading Lawyer - Real Estate” Chambers Asia Pacific, 2008 & 2009
  • “Legal Mentor Award” Women in Law Awards, 2012
  • “Particularly adept at environmental litigation and has considerable experience in urban renewal projects and carrying out planning advisory work” Chambers Asia Pacific Guide, 2014

Christine's Thinking