Christine Covington


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Recognised as a market-leading planning, environmental and property lawyer, Christine has over 34 years’ experience and has played a pivotal role in numerous significant property transactions, urban renewal developments and mining projects.

An expert planning and environmental specialist, as well as a property lawyer, Christine’s unique combination of skills enables her to provides her clients with a distinct perspective on property development, planning and environmental compliance. She also has extensive experience acting in planning and environment appeals in the NSW Land and Environment Court.

Christine is the Chair of the ACT City Renewal Authority and is a former board member of the NSW Environment Protection Authority, Barangaroo Delivery Authority and affordable housing provider, City West Housing Pty Limited. Christine is the former independent Chair of the Assessment Review Committee - Native Vegetation. Between 2007 – 2009 she was a State Government appointee of the Central Sydney Planning Committee. Christine is the Sydney office Partner-in-Charge and a member of the firm’s Diversity and Inclusion Council.

Key deals

Green Square Consortium and Landcom

Advised Green Square Consortium on its A$77 million planning agreement with the City of Sydney to establish a precinct based tri-generation system.

Mach Energy

Conducted environmental and planning due diligence and acquisition of water rights and defended a Land and Environment Court challenge for Mach Energy in relation to its Mt Pleasant coal mine development in the NSW Hunter Valley.

John Holland

Acted for John Holland on planning, environmental and aboriginal cultural issues associated with the Grafton Gaol PPP project.


Acted for Gunlake in Land and Environment Court proceedings relating to development applications for quarrying at Marulan and its Banksmeadow concrete batching plant consent and represented Gunlake in Land and Environment Court proceedings relating to the modification of biodiversity related consent conditions.


Acted on Land and Environment Court appeals for Stockland’s Merrylands Shopping Centre and Little Bay medium density developments and on voluntary planning agreements for its Merrylands, Elara Marsden Park, Willowdale East Leppington and Altrove developments.

Australian Turf Club

Advised the Australian Turf Club on site contamination and waste issues, planning issues at Canterbury and Randwick Racecourses and Aboriginal land rights issues, and on a development agreement with Transport for NSW. Acted on the Club’s project delivery agreement at Canterbury.


Acted for McDonald’s and Woolworths on leases, acquisitions and disposals.

Urban renewal

Acted for Carlton United Breweries on decommissioning, rezoning and disposal of the Kent Brewery site in Sydney. Acted for British American Tobacco on its Pagewood facilities. Acted for Fairfax on its disposal of former print facilities. Advised a Johnson & Johnson subsidiary on the staged disposal of its Caringbah plant. Acted for Clorox on the disposal and leaseback of its southern Sydney facility.