Charmian Barton has left the Norton Rose Fulbright partnership to join the planning and environment team at HWL Ebsworth.
In a statement released by HWL Wbsworth, Ms Barton's appointment has been described as a "significant step" in the firm's national expansion of its environmental and planning law services.
Ms Barton has 20 years' experience in the practice area, navigating project approval processes and regularly appears in planning appeals before the WA State Administrative Tribunal. She has advised clients on the management of contaminated land, brownfields redevelopment, compulsory land acquisition and compensation, bio-banking and carbon risk.
Among the clients she has acted for are federal, state and local authorities, resources and energy companies, developers, healthcare providers, manufacturers, retailers, emissions-intensive industries and environmental consultants. Ms Barton has also advised major infrastructure and renewable energy projects.
HWL Ebsworth managing partner Juan Martinez said Ms Barton's addition comes at a time of increasing client demand for her particular expertise.
"Charmian's arrival comes at a critical time when demand from our clients for informed and commercial advice on complex environmental and planning-related matters is increasing," Mr Martinez said.
"Being in a position to offer our clients on the ground expertise in Perth places us at a significant advantage to those firms who need to source expertise from interstate."