As a specialist environment and planning lawyer with 10+ years experience in solving complex legal problems, I help clients across Australia by providing accessible legal services and intelligent, pragmatic advice. 

Since establishing a boutique and specialised firm in 2016, I’ve advised on some of the most significant development projects in Australia and helped tens of clients by providing accessible services designed to give clients confidence and clarity on complex issues. 

I’m sought after by industry and clients alike and appear as guest speaker for a range of organisations including the Australian Environment Business Network; The Australasian Land & Groundwater Association; Professional Environmental Women’s Association and The Governance Institute of Australia. 

I trained and was admitted to practice in London with global law firm DLA Piper. In Melbourne, I worked for DLA Phillips Fox and more recently, led the Environment Practice at Lander & Rogers.  

Gabrielle Guthrie Legal Environment Planning Law Melbourne

How I help

  1. In-house Legal Advisor - Ideal for collaborating with your team on ongoing projects or advisory matters

  2. External Legal Services - fixed fee or hourly rate 

  3. Law Firm Support – support on a deals, help with a proceedings, a need for ancillary environment or planning advice  

Gabrielle's background

Gabrielle is adept at navigating Australia's complex environment and planning laws, and has advised in matters in all states and territories and at Federal level.  Her expertise is broad and includes advising on compliance and enforcement; transactions; major development projects and contentious matters such as merits and judicial review and civil claims. Gabrielle has a strong regulatory background which has seen her working on large scale white collar crime, tax and other criminal investigations.  She brings this expertise to her work on environmental enforcement matters and achieves pragmatic and commercial outcomes for clients. 

She understands the commercial environment and has spent two secondments as in-house legal counsel to Orica Australia Pty Ltd and the London Stock Exchange.  Importantly for an environmental lawyer, Gabrielle also has a depth of understanding of public interest environmental law and the importance of public and stakeholder engagement, from her work advising community and environmental groups at the Environment Defenders Office in Victoria and in the Northern Territory at EDO NT.  

Gabrielle has an undergraduate degree in Geoscience and a strong understanding of technical environmental issues.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • BSc Hons Geoscience, St Andrews University, Scotland
  • Graduate Diploma in Law (Common Professional Examination), Oxford Brookes University, UK
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice (LPC), Oxford Institute of Legal Practice, UK
  • Gabrielle trained as a solicitor in London with leading international firm, DLA Piper, in 2005 and was admitted to the Supreme Court of England and Wales in 2007.  
  • In 2010, Gabrielle moved to DLA Phillips Fox in Melbourne, fell in love with all things Australian, and was admitted to the Supreme Court of Victoria in 2011.  

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

  • Australian Environment Business Network (AEBN)
  • Professional Environmental Women's Association (PEWA)
  • Law Institute of Victoria
ESG Environmental has collaborated with Gabrielle on numerous pre-acquisition environmental due-diligence projects across a variety of industries. We have appreciated Gabrielle’s highly personal, yet professional approach which provides her clients with well-articulated guidance as well as practical interpretation of complex legal scenarios. Gabrielle is simply a breath of fresh air to work with, she is friendly, efficient, and undoubtedly an expert on her subject matter
— David Blair, Principal Environmental Scientist, ESG Environmental Pty Ltd
Combining her high degree of professionalism, knowledge and experience, with her easy and approachable manner, Gabrielle demonstrated her unique ability to connect
with a range of stakeholders, from senior managers to field operators whilst delivering training.
Her input was invaluable to the business’ strategic approach to environmental management.
— Alice Skipper, former National Environment and Sustainability Manager, Zinfra Group
Gabrielle is a highly regarded environmental lawyer and has provided invaluable advice
to members of the Australian Environment Business Network (AEBN) that consist of SMEs to multinationals in relation to environmental matters. Gabrielle has presented
at a number of conferences and seminars, and is considered
one of Australia’s experts in environmental law
— Tina Khoury CEO, Australian Environment Business Network (AEBN)

My approach is founded on collaboration and accessibility.    

I work with the best in the business, be it leading barristers, ex-regulators, environmental consultants, planners and auditors (and yes, other lawyers!) to put together the right team for you.  Through established and comprehensive networks, I work with the best specialists for your issue, at a range of price points.  

I bring over a decade of legal experience in private and public interest environmental law to the table.  That includes experience advising on cases in every state and territory of Australia, as well as the UK.  I also bring a sharp scientific eye to legal advice, having gained a BSc Hons in Geoscience, prior to becoming a lawyer. 

My clients value being able to explore ideas together, talk things through, and sleep easy knowing that things are covered.  I believe that the best solutions often come from discussion and that client insight is invaluable.  I like to hear the full story (and the back story) and to understand your strategic goals.  So I generally hate billable hours and clock watching (see pricing model below).  

I don't pretend to know it all.  No one can.  Environmental law is complex, constantly changing and often unique.  Every site is as different as every client.  Transparency and accessibility are central to my service. 

With Guthrie Legal you buy an experienced senior lawyer
to work directly with you, and to bring in other experts as required.