Areas of Expertise

Environment & Planning, Property

Fraser Bell leads the group focusing on all aspects of environmental and planning law, climate change, and contaminated land.

Fraser has extensive experience in the industrial and commercial property industry and regularly advises on environmental aspects of property acquisitions and disposals. He also advises on major development projects, construction financing, management of property portfolios, and leasing.

Fraser focuses on providing pragmatic, solution-oriented, commercial advice on all transactions with an environmental aspect. He delivers commercially based outcomes to the environmental challenges his clients face in transactional work, Environment Protection Authority (EPA) compliance, and obtaining development approvals.

What others say

"Best Lawyer, Agriculture & Rural Affairs Law"
Best Lawyers Peer Review 2018 – 2025
"Best Lawyer, Planning & Environmental Law"
Best Lawyers Peer Review 2022, 2025
"Recommended Lawyer, Planning and Environment Law"
Doyle's Guide 2015-2020


'China Sword'

Acting for seven local councils in relation to the ‘China Sword’ issue, the ban on sending paper and plastic to China which is forcing up recycling costs. This is a national problem with councils reaching out to State Governments for funding to cover the gap and provide a solution.

Manufacturing portfolio

Advising a multinational food and beverage company on the property and environmental departments on a national manufacturing portfolio.

EPA licence

Advising the receivers and managers of a manufacturing facility on a negotiation of a 10 year EPA licence (the first to be granted by the regulator).

Wine producers

Advising national Australian wine producers on the water licensing regimes regarding water restrictions.

Water inquiry

Acting for wine labels and grape growers in a Parliamentary inquiry into the management of regulated groundwater resources and the impact of plantation timber on resource management issues.