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Kirstie Richards

Kirstie Richards is an environmental and planning lawyer who focuses on large scale projects in the energy, renewables, oil and gas, mining and infrastructure sectors. She has more than 15 years' experience advising on planning, environmental and regulatory approvals, pollution and contamination, environmental legal risk management and allocation, crisis management (including regulatory investigations, enforcement and prosecutions) and land access (including compensation, mining and petroleum access and neighbour agreements) and environmental and planning litigation.

Kirstie guides her clients through the complex process of environmental projects and as a result has developed strong and trusted relationships with her core clients. She works seamlessly between both in-house legal and the business teams to help them reach their objectives. Kirstie's clients include public and private energy and gas generator and retailers, renewable companies and government agencies.

Prior to joining K&L Gates, Kirstie was a Special Counsel in the Sydney based environment, planning and communities team of a top tier law firm.

Kirstie was also Tipstaff to Justice Pain of the NSW Land and Environment Court in 2004.

  • Legal 500 Asia Pacific, recognised as a Next Generation Partner for Environment and Planning (2021-present)
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