Henry Prokuda

Consultant. Brisbane.

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Henry Prokuda

Henry is one of the foremost planning and environment lawyers in the country.

He has a unique skill set that combines a deep knowledge of the regulation of development assessment, project approvals, environmental impact assessment and compliance, native title and aboriginal cultural heritage.

Henry is at his best as part of a team delivering practical, solution driven advice in a strategic context. Acutely aware of the importance of timing and project schedule imperatives, his approach is to find the quickest, lowest risk solution to problems.

He is a skilled negotiator in relation to project planning and approval processes and is a specialist litigator in the Planning and Environment Court and Land Court.

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Henry is one of the foremost planning and environment lawyers in the country.

He has a unique skill set that combines a deep knowledge of the regulation of development assessment, project approvals, environmental impact assessment and compliance, native title and aboriginal cultural heritage.

Henry is at his best as part of a team delivering practical, solution driven advice in a strategic context. Acutely aware of the importance of timing and project schedule imperatives, his approach is to find the quickest, lowest risk solution to problems.

He is a skilled negotiator in relation to project planning and approval processes and is a specialist litigator in the Planning and Environment Court and Land Court.

Henry’s clients encompass infrastructure providers, including Government Owned Corporations, State Government Departments and local government, as well as energy & resources and manufacturing & development companies.

“Unquestionably the pre-eminent environment law and cultural heritage law practitioner in Queensland” Chambers Global Guide
Henry Prokuda

Henry's Expertise

  • The new coal seam gas industry Advising QGC/ BG on its Queensland Curtis LNG Project, including the Environmental Impact Assessment, approvals and compliance issues.
  • The first light rail project in the country Advising the Queensland Department of Transport and the Department of Main Roads on this PPP Project on the Gold Coast, including issues relating to environmental assessment, contamination, approval issues and legislative drafting.
  • Delivering infrastructure for industry Advising SunWater on multiple pipeline and dam projects to support regional Queensland and the Queensland coal industry.
  • Strategic government advice Adviser to Queensland Government and Local Government on regulatory reform in the water industry, infrastructure, governance and development assessment issues.
  • PNG Gas Pipeline Advised Queensland Government on offshore jurisdictional issues and regulatory regime applying to proposed PNG Gas Pipeline.

Henry's Leadership

  • Queensland Environmental Law Association Past President and Conference Committee Chair
  • Environment , native title and cultural heritage law at Queensland University of Technology Lecturer, Resource Law course
  • Commerce Queensland Energy & Environment Committee Past Chair
  • Sunwater Former Director
  • Greening Australia (Queensland) Former Director

What others say

  • “Leading Lawyer - Environment” Chambers Asia Pacific Guide, 2011-2018
  • “Best Lawyer - Natural Resources Law and Government Law” Best Lawyers Peer Review, 2015-2018
  • “Best Lawyer - Regulatory Law” Best Lawyers Peer Review, 2014-2018
  • “Best Lawyer - Oil & Gas Law and Water Law” Best Lawyers Peer Review, 2013-2018
  • “Best Lawyer - Climate Change Law” Best Lawyers Peer Review, 2011-2018
  • “Best Lawyer - Planning & Environment Law” Best Lawyers Peer Review, 2009-2018
  • “A good individual lawyer who brings a wider skill set to the table... who can condense complex ideas into an accessible format” Chambers Asia Pacific Guide, 2016
  • “Has valuable experience of both environmental and native title law” Chambers Asia Pacific Guide, 2015
  • “Sources describe Henry Prokuda as responsive, knowledgeable and willing to help at short notice. They add: His capacity to deliver quality under pressure is renowned.” Chambers Asia Pacific Guide, 2015
  • “Leading Lawyer - Native Title” Chambers Asia Pacific Guide, 2014 & 2015
  • “Sources highlight his extensive experience in dealing with these matters, and praise his ability to develop vital strategies to deal with the various complex issues on hand.” Chambers Asia Pacific Guide, 2014
  • “Henry's unique and consolidated mix of skills makes him an unbeatable value-for-money proposition. Clients also praise him for his vast experience, commercial insight and technical and legal smarts.” Chambers Asia Pacific Guide, 2014
  • “Unquestionably the pre-eminent environment law and cultural heritage law practitioner in Queensland” Chambers Asia Pacific Guide, 2014
  • “Identified by one commentator as one of the elite lawyers in the practice area” Chambers Asia Pacific Guide, 2013
  • “Not many lawyers come to the table with as balanced and reasonable an approach; he looks for reasonable outcomes for everybody.” Chambers Asia Pacific Guide, 2018