Charlotte Osborne

    Charlotte Osborne

    Senior Associate

    Charlotte Osborne advises clients from all sectors on planning and environmental law, and related regulatory and public law matters.

    Charlotte is an approachable and pragmatic lawyer with more than 11 years’ experience advising clients from a range of sectors in regulatory, local government and commercial law.

    As part of the Energy & Natural Resources team, Charlotte mainly advises in the areas of town planning, development, environmental, administrative and public law.

    Prior to joining the firm, Charlotte practised environment and planning law and general commercial law with an international law firm in Perth. Charlotte also practised law for six years in England, working for local government with a focus on planning and projects.

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    • Advising on the legality of subdivision and development approval conditions under the Planning and Development Act 2005 (WA).
    • Advising developers on the recovery of subdivision costs from later sub-dividers, under s159 Planning and Development Act 2005 (WA).
    • Advising on developer contributions and drafting legal agreements to address local government requirements for financial contributions, public open space and parking provision.
    • Assisting with applications to the State Administrative Tribunal for the review of planning decisions.
    • Defending prosecutions brought under the Planning and Development Act 2005 (WA).
    • In proposed land transactions and corporate transactions, undertaking due diligence reviews of permissible land use (zoning) and operating permit requirements for client’s proposed use of target land.
    • Advising on liability for regulatory offences, including pollution incidents, waste and clearing of native vegetation without a permit, under the Environmental Protection Act 1986 (WA).
    • Preparing environmental content for a Regulatory Compliance Manual for a major offshore LNG project, including the respective regulatory obligations of the facility owner and operator, and the civil and criminal penalties for non-compliance.
    • Assisting corporate clients under investigation by the Department of Environment Regulation, including attending interviews as legal adviser to protect client’s interests and ensure regulator follows correct procedure.
    • Advising on works approvals and licences in respect of prescribed premises under the Environmental Protection Act 1986 (WA) and Regulations.
    • Advising on classification and reporting of contaminated sites, under the Contaminated Sites Act 2003 (WA).
    • Advising on responsibility for contaminated land, including making and responding to applications for determination of responsibility by the Contaminated Sites Committee (WA).
    • Preparing approvals register for proposed solar and wind farm development in the Wheatbelt region of Western Australia.
    • Provision of advice to local governments on wide ranging issues, including land acquisition, liquor licensing, noise nuisance, declaration of members’ interests, interpretation of powers under constitution, drafting of local laws.
    • Conducting prosecutions on behalf of local governments for offences including planning, environmental and other regulatory breaches, and fraud.
    • Sitting as legal advisor to local government committees.
    • Extensive drafting experience including commercial agreements (sale and supply, distribution, franchising, shareholder agreements), deeds, leases, licences and local laws.
    • Advising land owners on compulsory acquisition and land compensation under the Land Administration Act 1997 (WA).


    • The University of Southampton, LL.B., 2003
    • University of Western Australia, 2014


    • Supreme Ct. of England and Wales, 2006
    • Supreme Court of Western Australia, 2014

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