Clayton Utz brings in new partner from HWL Ebsworth

Lucy Shea returns to join the firm's environment and planning practice group in Perth

Clayton Utz brings in new partner from HWL Ebsworth

Clayton Utz has welcomed former HWL Ebsworth partner Lucy Shea to its partnership.

Shea joins Clayton Utz’s environment and planning practice group in Perth. She specialises in environmental, planning, and climate change law.

She has advised various companies across the energy and resources, property, infrastructure, and agribusiness sectors particularly on front-end environmental approvals, land access, and ongoing regulatory compliance. Her practice also includes providing strategic advice on native title and Indigenous cultural heritage, land remediation, and compulsory acquisition compensation and assisting clients with planning appeals, environmental litigation and prosecutions, and judicial review.

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Shea began her legal career as an associate to former WA Supreme Court judges Carmel McLure and Christine Wheeler. In 2007, she joined Clayton Utz as a solicitor.

She then moved to Corrs Chambers Westgarth, where she held senior associate and special counsel roles. After a nine-year tenure at Corrs, she became part of the HWL Ebsworth partnership for three years.

Clayton Utz environment and planning practice group leader Claire Smith lauded Shea’s return to the firm.

“Lucy has built a reputation in the market as a go-to adviser in this area of practice, which is increasingly complex and requires an understanding of the intricacies of the law combined with a practical, commercially minded approach,” Smith said. “Our clients, particularly our WA-based clients, will benefit from Lucy's experience on both projects as well as 'business as usual' operational matters.”

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