Christine Covington

Partner. Sydney.

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Christine Covington

Christine is our national head of environment and planning.  Recognised as one of the best planning, environmental and property lawyers in Australia, Christine has played pivotal roles in significant property transactions, urban renewal and mining projects. She has over 33 years’ experience.

Throughout her distinguished career, Christine’s mix of planning, environment and property skills has provided her clients with a unique perspective on property development, planning and environmental compliance.

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Christine is our national head of environment and planning.  Recognised as one of the best planning, environmental and property lawyers in Australia, Christine has played pivotal roles in significant property transactions, urban renewal and mining projects. She has over 33 years’ experience.

Throughout her distinguished career, Christine’s mix of planning, environment and property skills has provided her clients with a unique perspective on property development, planning and environmental compliance.

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 MACH Energy Australia Pty Limited on its acquisition of the Mt Pleasant coal mine; and advised University of New South Wales, Randwick City Council and the Australian Turf Club on the Sydney Light Rail Project. She has extensive experience in planning and environment appeals in the NSW Land and Environment Court.

Christine sits on the Boards of the Barangaroo Delivery Authority and ACT City Renewal Authority and is a former Board member of the NSW Environment Protection Authority and affordable housing provider, City West Housing Pty Limited.

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

  • New South Wales Environment Protection Authority Board Member 2012 - 2018
  • Property Council of Australia Industrial Committee
  • Barangaroo Delivery Authority Board Member
  • Corrs Chambers Westgarth Diversity Council member
  • Australian Institute of Company Directors Fellow
  • City West Housing Pty Limited Board Member/Chair 2009 – 2016
  • ACT City Renewal Authority Deputy Chair

What others say

  • “Leading Lawyer - Environment” Chambers Asia Pacific Guide, 2011-2018
  • “Best Lawyer - Government Practice” Best Lawyers Peer Review, 2018
  • “Best Lawyer - Real Property” Best Lawyers Peer Review, 2013-2018
  • “Best Lawyer - Planning & Environmental Law” Best Lawyers Peer Review, 2010-2018
  • “She has a huge degree of versatility and is extremely competent in many fields” Chambers Asia Pacific Guide, 2016
  • “Pre-eminent Environment and Planning Lawyer” Doyles Guide 2016
  • “Incredibly focused and extremely knowledgeable” Chambers Asia Pacific Guide, 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
  • “Lawyer of the Year - Planning & Environmental - Sydney” 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
  • “Quite uniquely placed in this practice area, being both an expert planning lawyer and an environmental specialist” Chambers Asia Pacific Guide, 2018

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