National Staff


David Morris

Chief Executive Officer

David is responsible for the delivery of EDO’s public interest environmental legal services. He joined EDO NSW in October 2017 after four years practising public interest environmental law in the Northern Territory as Principal Lawyer and Executive Officer of EDONT.  In August, 2019 David became CEO of the new national EDO.

At EDONT David had a broad environmental law practice which particularly focused on legal issues related to mining, gas, water and cultural heritage. David regularly acted for NGOs, community groups and Aboriginal traditional owners. Under David’s leadership EDONT clients achieved successful litigation outcomes in the Federal Court of Australia, the Supreme Court of the Northern Territory and the Northern Territory Civil and Administrative Tribunal. At EDONT David played a leadership role in policy and law reform advocacy and taught environment and planning law subjects at Charles Darwin University.

Prior to working at EDONT, David held various environmental law roles in private practice and with government in Victoria. David was a lawyer in the Maddocks Planning and Environment Team and a prosecutor with the Victorian Department of Sustainability and Environment. He has regularly appeared in courts and tribunals.

David has a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts from Monash University.


Blake Powell

Operations Director

Blake joined EDO in April 2016. As Operations Director, she is responsible for the effective management of the operational aspects of the organisation, including governance, financial management, compliance, administration, human resources and provision of information and support to the CEO and Board.

Prior to working with EDO, Blake was Business Operations Manager for Migration Support Programs, NSW, at Australian Red Cross. She also worked with PYXERA Global managing multi-million dollar international programs in Guatemala, Jamaica and Angola on supply chain development and the reinvestment of profits from natural resource extraction into community and local economic development.

Blake holds an MA in International Service and Development from Roehampton University, UK, and an MA in Theoretical Linguistics from Northwestern University, USA.


Eamon Fraser-Crooks 

Data & IT Administrator

Eamon joined EDO NSW in 2016 as part of the administration team. Prior to working at the EDO, he held a variety of administration and customer service roles.

Eamon is currently studying an LLB/Bachelor of Environmental Management at Macquarie University and hopes to practice as a solicitor in environmental law after completing his studies. 


Megan Kessler

Scientific Director

Megan joined EDO in Sydney in August 2011. Her role involves management of EDO’s Scientific Advisory Service, including the provision of in-house objective scientific advice to EDO staff and our clients and using our Expert Register to source external scientific expertise for public interest legal matters.

Megan has a Bachelor of Science (natural resource management) from Macquarie University, a Master of Marine Science (fisheries management) from UNSW and a PhD on tourism impacts on humpback whales off Sydney and in Tonga from Macquarie University.

Megan has previously worked with Landcare Australia and on marine and fisheries issues, energy conservation and threatened species management.


Julia Grix 

Managing Lawyer, Citizen Representation Program

Julia is the Managing Lawyer responsible for the development and delivery of our Citizen Representation Program (CRP). The CRP provides specialist legal advice and information about the laws that regulate protest activities concerning the environment. In addition, the CRP provides legal representation to those who have been charged with criminal offences arising from their participation in such activities.

Julia is an award-winning legal practitioner and researcher with more than 20 years experience working for criminal law and social justice related academic, government and community-based legal organisations. She joined EDO NSW in April 2019. Prior to that, she worked as a legal practitioner with Legal Aid NSW for many years, where she represented adults and children in every criminal jurisdiction in NSW.


Georgie Murch

Executive Assistant

Georgie joined EDO NSW in October 2018. Her role is to provide additional support to the litigation team.

Georgie has experience in administrative roles in media and the not-for profit sector, including Justice Connect.

Georgie has studied Environmental Humanities at UNSW and is now studying for a Bachelor of Social Work.


Communications and Fundraising team

Communications Coordinator – Susan Ardill

Communications Officer – Vanessa Bartholomew 

Acting Director of Fundraising, Marketing & Communications – Anthony Gough

Fundraising Administration Officer  – Roma Harvey 

Senior Content Developer – Mhairi McClymont

Fundraising Manager  – Daria O’Neill

Philanthropy Manager – Amber Sprunt 


Adelaide Office

Melissa Ballantyne

Managing Lawyer, Adelaide

Melissa is the Coordinator and Principal Solicitor with EDO in South Australia. Whilst Melissa provides assistance in all areas of environmental law she has a particular interest in the assessment and approval of mining and gas proposals. Prior to her commencing with the EDO in 2005 Melissa held several positions in private practice and the community legal sector.

  • Bachelor of Laws – University of Adelaide
  • Bachelor of Economics – University of Adelaide
  • Graduate Diploma Legal Practice – University of South Australia

Gabrielle Bond

Administrator

Brisbane Office

Jo-Anne Bragg

Executive Director, Brisbane

The longest serving EDO solicitor in Australia, Jo joined EDO Qld in 1992 after working in company and commercial law with Minter Ellison in Sydney.

For the past 25-plus years, Jo has been dedicated to providing legal advice and education to Queensland communities.  She has been instrumental in the reformation of Queensland’s environmental laws, including successfully advocating for expanded third-party enforcement rights. Jo has worked on more than 20 successful test cases concerning Commonwealth and State environmental laws.

Jo-Anne graduated from Sydney University in 1988 with a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Laws.


Sean Ryan

Principal Lawyer, Brisbane

Having worked for all levels of government and a range of industries on broad ranging environmental issues, Sean brings a broad perspective to assisting the community and public interest. Sean worked for both government and in private consultancy before moving onto a six-year stint in private law practice with Corrs Chambers Westgarth He joined EDO in 2011. 

Sean has degrees in both law and environmental science as well as a Masters in Environmental Law from the University of Queensland.


Andrew Kwan

Senior Solicitor

Andrew works primarily on litigation and advice.  His love of the outdoors has led him to be an environmental specialist with experience spanning environmental law, science and policy.  

Before joining the EDO in August 2013, Andrew was a senior lawyer with the Queensland environmental department. Andrew’s experience includes developing natural resource policy and legislation for the Queensland government, advising on UK and European Union law and policy with the UK’s central environmental department, and working as a conservation biologist with the Australian Rainforest Conservation Society.

Andrew holds degrees in law and science from Adelaide University.


Revel Pointon

Senior Solicitor

Revel is a senior solicitor leading work on law reform, education and advice with EDO’s Queensland office. She focuses on ensuring that our environmental laws and policies adequately protect our environment, provide for accountable and transparent governance and provide meaningful community participation in decisions that affect our environment and communities. Revel is on a number of government and non-government advisory committees and advises government and peak environment groups on Queensland and federal environmental law and policy matters. She also provides community education workshops and materials on law reform matters to help empower the community to engage in law and policy that affects the environments of concern to them, and their health, as well as general legal advice. 

Revel commenced work with EDO Qld in 2011 and returned in 2014 after taking a year off to complete a masters degree overseas. Prior to working at EDO, Revel worked at Minter Ellison in their planning and environment team, as well as working as a sustainability educator in Mexico. Revel tutors and guest lectures in various subjects, including in planning law, mining and resource law and environment law courses at Griffith University, Queensland University of Technology and University of Queensland. 

Revel has a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Environmental Management from the University of Queensland, a Masters in Culture and Development Studies from KU Leuven, Belgium and a Graduate Certificate in Policy and Governance from Queensland University of Technology. Revel was recipient of the 2017-2018 Mahla Pearlman Australian Young Environmental Lawyer of the Year award.


Alison Rose

Solicitor

Alison advises on the legal aspects of environmental assessment and compliance of major energy and resources projects for EDO Qld.

She brings more than ten years’ experience in community engagement, research and providing long-term equitable solutions working in law firms, non-government organisations and education. Her diverse experience brings a broad commercial and community perspective to her role. 

Alison holds a Juris Doctor (With Distinction) from the University of Southern Queensland and a Bachelor of Arts from Charles Sturt University.


Kate Grudzinskas

Solicitor

Kate primarily works on litigation and advice, with a focus on the regulation of resource activities.

Before joining EDO in 2017 Kate worked in policy roles with the Queensland Government, and in generalist practice.

Kate is an admitted Solicitor to the Supreme Court of Queensland, and holds a Graduate Certificate in Environment from Griffith University.

Kate is passionate about access to justice, and using the law to protect Queensland’s unique biodiversity.


Juanita Williams

Senior Solicitor and Advice-line Coordinator

Juanita is now primarily involved in overseeing EDO’s advice line services in Queensland which includes providing general advice to clients on public interest environmental law matters.

In her first three years as a solicitor, Juanita has worked on several major litigation matters in multiple jurisdictions. She has been actively involved in cases for the Galilee Basin objection hearings including the Adani Carmichael Land Court hearing and more recently the New Acland Coal objection hearing, which is now considered the largest public interest environmental Land Court matter in Australia’s history.

A previous EDO volunteer, Juanita also holds a Bachelor of Laws with 2nd class Honours from Southern Cross University and owns and operates her own business. Juanita is currently undertaking her Masters of Law (Business Law).


Operations

Operations Manager Queensland – Bronwyn Bell 

Administrative Assistant – Lauren Bicknell

Administrative Assistant – Karen Cutler

Cairns Office

Kirstiana Ward

Managing Lawyer, Cairns

Kirstiana has responsibility for EDO NQ’s work in planning and environment law, legal advice, law reform and community legal education.

Her previous work as a dive master, underwater videographer and deckhand in both Cairns and the Whitsundays enlivened and educated her about environmental issues particular to Northern Queensland and is what led Kirstiana to undertake a law degree at JCU Cairns. She has worked in private practice since 2009 and is thrilled to now be working for an organisation that aligns with her passion for social justice and the environment.


Naim Santoso-Miller

Solicitor

Naim grew up in Townsville and studied a joint Arts-Law degree at James Cook University where he graduated with honours. Naim spent a lot of his childhood outside under the North Queensland sun and learnt to truly appreciate the amazing environment we have up here after spending a semester abroad in China and experiencing the reality of life with widespread environmental pollution. Naim started out with EDO in North Queensland as a volunteer before being offered a position and was admitted as a solicitor in March 2019.


Marie Short 

Office Manager

Canberra Office

Stephanie Booker

Managing Lawyer, Canberra

Stephanie Booker is the principal legal officer at the Environmental Defenders’ Office in Canberra. She was admitted to practice in 2006 and has spent several years working with communities overseas, seeking to protect the environment from large-scale mines and infrastructure projects. She has an interest in Community Legal Education, and has a Master of Law (Human Rights) from Monash University.

Darwin Office

Gillian Duggin

Managing Lawyer, Darwin

Gillian commenced as Principal Lawyer and Executive Officer at the EDO NT in January 2018. Her practice at EDO NT is focused on providing advice and representation on a wide range of environmental issues facing the Northern Territory, including mining and gas, environmental assessment processes, water and biodiversity conservation. She is committed to advocating for stronger environmental laws for the Territory.

​Gillian has over 10 years of experience in environmental law and policy/law reform, both in Australia and overseas. Prior to coming to the EDO NT, Gillian has worked for the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage, EDO NSW and Allens Arthur Robinson (now Allens Linklaters). She has spent 18 months as an environmental law advisor for the government in East Timor, consulted for the United Nations Development Programme in Cambodia, and worked for a nongovernment organisation in Mongolia.

​Gillian has a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Sydney, and a Master of Public Administration in Environmental Science and Policy from Columbia University in New York City.


Meg Lamb

Lawyer

Meg joined EDO in the Northern Territory as a lawyer in October 2019. Her practice focuses on providing advice and representation on complex environmental issues currently facing the Northern Territory, including hydraulic fracturing, mining and land clearing. She has a particular interest in climate change litigation and is committed to fighting to protect the Territory’s unique and precious environment.

Meg has worked in litigation since she was admitted to practice law in December 2014. Prior to commencing at EDO NT, Meg worked for EDONSW as a solicitor in the litigation team. There she ran successful administrative law proceedings in the Land and Environment Court of NSW and advised countless individuals and community groups on a range of environmental and planning law and freedom of information matters. She has published articles in the Australian Animal Protection Law Journal and the Australian Environment Review, and volunteers for various environmental and animal protection organisations.


Ingrid Nadjarian

Administrative officer

Hobart Office

Nicole Sommer

Managing Lawyer, Hobart

Nicole commenced with EDO Tas as the CEO-Principal Lawyer in March 2019. Nicole has over 14 years’ experience as an environment and planning lawyer, working in private practice and State government in Tasmania, Victoria and NSW.  Her expertise is in major projects, environmental impact assessment, clearing laws, planning and law reform.  She regularly appears in the Resource Management and Planning Appeal Tribunal and the Tasmanian Planning Commission.

Nicole completed a Master of Environmental Management at University of Tasmania in 2018.  She holds a Bachelor of Laws with Honours and was awarded the AMPLA Prize for the Natural Resources Law Review for her Honours thesis.  Nicole sits on the Planning Institute of Australia’s National Policy and Advocacy Committee and its Tasmanian Divisional Committee.

Nicole is looking forward to turning her advocacy skills to protecting Tasmania’s environment and continuing the work of EDO Tasmania to provide public access to expert environmental law advice.


Claire Bookless

Litigation Lawyer 

Claire moved from Queensland in 2016 to join the EDO Tasmania team as the Litigation Lawyer. Claire was admitted in 2007 and has over 10 years’ experience as an environmental lawyer in Queensland and Victoria. Prior to joining EDO Tas, Claire was a Litigation Lawyer with the Queensland Department of Environment and Heritage Protection, conducting prosecutions and other litigation.

To read more about Claire’s passion for Tasmania and the highs and lows of environmental law, click here.


Claire Burgess

CLE Lawyer

Claire is a passionate advocate for environmental justice who hails from Tasmania. Prior to joining the EDO team she worked for four years in Myanmar in policy research roles for NGOs, advocating for secure access to land and natural resources for sustainable Indigenous and ethnic minority communities . She completed a Masters of International and Public Law with the University of Melbourne in 2016, and a Masters in Development Studies in 2011.

Claire works part-time and is happy to be back reconnecting with the beautiful landscapes of Tasmania and performing with the Nelipot Collective in her spare time.


Point to Pinnacle Coordinator – Vicki Campbell 

Perth Office

Tim Macknay

Managing Lawyer, Perth

Born and bred in Western Australia, Tim graduated in Law with Honours from the University of Notre Dame in 2003 and was awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in Environmental Management from Murdoch University in 2007. While at law school, Tim received a peacebuilder’s award from the Australian Government for foreign aid work undertaken in East Timor. After graduation, Tim served as Associate to the Late David Malcolm AC, Chief Justice of Western Australia. Tim has worked in environmental law and policy since 2006, including work for industry in private practice, government work and pro bono work for environmental NGOs and community legal centres. He is a past President of the WA Branch of the National Environmental Law Association. Before commencing at EDOWA, Tim had a senior legal role with the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation.


Victoria Sozzi

Solicitor 

Victoria graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2017. She completed her Practical Legal Training at EDOWA in 2018 and was admitted to practice in November 2018.

Victoria’s work at EDOWA has had a strong biodiversity focus. In particular, Victoria has prepared advice relating to native vegetation and environmental assessment and approvals processes, and has assisted in negotiating Warden’s Court matters. Outside of work, Victoria can be found somewhere sunny reading a good book.


Sarah Flynne

Solicitor 

Sarah graduated from Curtin University in 2016, and completed a Master of Environmental Law at University of Melbourne in 2018. She completed her Practical Legal Training at EDOWA in 2017 and was admitted to practice in June 2018.

Sarah’s work at EDOWA has included advice and representation on a range of environmental issues, but lately her work has been focused on climate change and fracking. Outside of work, Sarah enjoys travelling, scoping out markets and dog-spotting.


Ruby Hamilton

Solicitor

Ruby graduated from the UWA Juris Doctor in 2017. She completed her Practical Legal Training at EDOWA in 2018 and was admitted to practice in December 2018.

Ruby’s work at EDOWA has included advice on forests, land tenure and environmental approvals as well as assisting with merits appeals and judicial review. Outside of work, Ruby can be found swimming laps or optimistically supporting the Fremantle Dockers.


Rebecca Chapple  – Bookkeeper

Sydney Office

Elaine Johnson

Principal Solicitor, Sydney 

Elaine joined EDO NSW in January 2011 as a Solicitor in the Sydney office. She provides clients with advice and representation on a wide range of environmental legal issues, including administrative law, planning, pollution, biodiversity, mining and coal seam gas. Elaine has represented clients seeking better environmental outcomes through civil enforcement, such as the Delta and Macarthur Bushwalkers water pollution cases. She acted for Fullerton Cove residents in obtaining the first coal seam gas injunction in NSW and helped gain better environmental conditions for a coal mine in the Ashton merits appeal. Elaine also represented the Mackay Conservation Group in successfully overturning Federal approval of Australia’s largest coal mine, the Carmichael mine in the Galilee Basin.

Elaine holds a Bachelor of EnvMgmt/LLB (Hons) from Macquarie University and has worked as Associate Lecturer with Macquarie’s Centre for Environmental Law. Her other previous work includes as a solicitor in private practice at Corrs Chambers Westgarth, in government at the Office of Environment and Heritage and as the Environment Liaison Officer for combined environment groups.

Elaine also spent 18 months volunteering with the Landowners’ Advocacy and Legal Support Unit at the Public Solicitor’s Office in the Solomon Islands.


Rachel Walmsley

Policy and Law Reform Director, Sydney

Rachel Walmsley is the Policy and Law Reform Director at EDO in Sydney. She has over 15 years experience working on public interest environmental law and policy in Australia and overseas. She has written extensive law reform submissions and discussion papers and advised governments and NGOs on a range of environmental law issues, including planning, natural resource management and biodiversity laws.

Rachel is a member of the Australian Panel of Experts on Environmental Law (APEEL) and a member of IUCN – World Commission on Environmental Law. Rachel is also a member of a number of government and non-government advisory committees on biodiversity, natural resource and environment issues, a legal advisor to the Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists, and guest lectures in environmental law.

Rachel’s previous work has included advising the peak environment groups of NSW on environmental legislation before the NSW parliament, undertaking research for the Australian Centre for Environmental Law (ACEL) at ANU in Canberra, and conservation field work for a British conservation organisation in Tanzania and the UK. Rachel has also been a Co-Consulting Editor of the Australian Environment Review and Chair of the Australian Committee for IUCN.

Rachel is a practising solicitor, with a Masters in Environmental Science and Law from University of Sydney, a Bachelor of Laws with Honours in international biodiversity law and a Bachelor of Arts from ANU.


Jemilah Hallinan

Outreach Director, Sydney

Jemilah joined EDO in Sydney in 2006. As Outreach Director she is responsible for the development and delivery of the EDO Outreach Program, which encompasses both community and professional programs. Community programs include legal workshops, seminars, conferences and a range of plain English publications designed to educate the public about environmental laws and how they can be used to protect the environment. Professional programs include the development and delivery of legal and educational resources for environmental decision-makers, lawyers and other professionals.

Jemilah provides legal advice to the community on a wide range of planning and environmental law problems and has written extensively on topics such as planning, mining and private conservation. She also lectures in planning and environmental law at several universities in Sydney.

Jemilah is admitted as a solicitor in NSW. She has a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts (Humanities) from the University of Western Sydney.


BJ Kim

International Program Director

BJ is the International Program Manager at EDO, responsible for developing and delivering our International Program. The Program is focused on building the capacity of public interest environmental law organisations and lawyers across the Asia-Pacific. This involves providing partner organisations with training, technical advice and support (in the areas of litigation, policy and law reform, outreach, governance and scientific advice) and links to regional and international environmental networks.

BJ graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Laws from the Australian National University and is admitted as a lawyer in NSW.

Before taking up his International Program role, BJ was a Solicitor with EDO NSW’s litigation team for two years, worked in corporate practice and was also an adviser on an AusAID-funded project in the Attorney-General’s Department in Papua New Guinea.


Dr Emma Carmody

Special Counsel [Currently on leave]

Emma joined the law reform team in 2011 after several years working as an in-house lawyer and consultant for various government departments. Her work for EDO NSW includes the provision of legal advice, writing submissions, responding to government inquiries and appearing before parliamentary committees.

She has broad experience advising on all aspects of environment and planning law, as well as particular expertise in water law and policy. As a result, she is frequently called on to advise landholders and community groups across the Murray-Darling Basin, as well as peak conservation and scientific organisations, about State and Commonwealth water laws. She also acts as special advisor for water-related litigation. 

Emma regularly publishes book chapters and journal articles in both English and French on various aspects of water law and policy. Her articles are frequently included on reading lists at some of Australia’s top law schools, where she also guest lectures on water law. 

In parallel to her work at EDO NSW, Emma serves as legal advisor to the Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands in Switzerland. She is also a member of the policy group within the Alliance for Global Water Adaption and a fellow of the Peter Cullen Trust, having completed their Science to Policy Leadership Program in 2013.

Emma studied Arts/Law at the University of NSW, where she was awarded the Stephen Seidler Memorial Prize for the Best Achievement in Environmental Law. Her other qualifications include a doctorate in Creative Writing (English/French) awarded by the University of Adelaide. She was admitted as a solicitor in 2003.


Brendan Dobbie

Special Counsel

Brendan joined EDO NSW in August 2015 as a Solicitor in the litigation team. Brendan provides clients with legal advice in relation to all aspects of state and federal environment and planning law and conducts environmental litigation, primarily within the Land and Environment Court of NSW. From September 2018, Brendan is Acting Principal Solicitor.

Before taking up his current role, Brendan worked as a solicitor in the Planning & Environment group at Clayton Utz in Sydney.

Brendan holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications/Law (BA Comms/LLB) from the University of Technology, Sydney, and a Masters of Environmental Governance (MSc) from the University of Freiburg, Germany. He has also commenced PhD studies with the University of Freiburg looking at illegal logging policy in South East Asia.

Brendan is a founding member of the award-winning sustainability science communication group, the Freiburg Scientific Theatre. He is also a member of the IUCN’s World Commission on Environmental Law.


Rana Koroglu

Special Counsel

Rana has a lead role in the litigation team in Sydney, supervising litigation and acting in environmental, administrative and other civil enforcement proceedings in Federal and State jurisdictions. She provides legal advice and representation to groups and individuals in seeking to protect their local communities, water sources and biodiversity from the impacts of fossil fuel development. 

During her time at the Environmental Defenders Office, Rana has achieved a number of successful outcomes in judicial review for her clients, including the NSW Court of Appeal judgment that the Springvale coal mine extension at Newnes Plateau was unlawfully granted, in Federal Court proceedings for the protection of Middle Head in Sydney Harbour for the Headland Preservation Group, and in proceedings on the assessment of proposed land clearing at Kingvale located in one of the northern catchments of the Great Barrier Reef.

Rana also contributes her expertise to the International Program, specifically with our partners in the Solomon Islands. She is a member of the IUCN World Commission on Environmental Law.  

Rana joined the Environmental Defenders Office in October 2013 as an advice and law reform solicitor specialising in legislative protection of the Great Barrier Reef. Prior to this, Rana practised as a solicitor in native title, as well as in private practice in corporate and commercial litigation. Rana holds a Bachelor of Arts (UQ), a Bachelor of Laws (Hons, QUT) in which she was awarded the Freehills prize for first place in property law, and is currently completing a Master of Laws (Sydney). 


Cerin Loane

Senior Policy and Law Reform Solicitor 

Cerin joined EDO in Sydney in January 2019 as a Senior Solicitor in the policy and law reform team. Her work includes writing law reform proposals, engaging with government on draft policy and legislation and providing legal advice to EDO clients on a range of environmental issues, including biodiversity conservation, environment and planning and natural resource management.

Previously, Cerin worked as an in-house lawyer for government, for a non-profit human rights organisation in Mongolia and, most recently, as policy and research coordinator with the NSW Nature Conservation Council.

Cerin holds a Bachelor of Science (Environmental Science) and Bachelor of Law (Honours) and Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from the University of Wollongong and was admitted as a solicitor in 2004.


Fleur Ramsay

Senior Solicitor – International Program

Fleur Ramsay is the senior solicitor for the International Program at EDO in Sydney. The Program is focused on building the capacity of public interest environmental law organisations and lawyers across the Asia-Pacific as well as on international law, international environmental law and the human rights of indigenous peoples in the Asia-Pacific. 

Fleur graduated with a BA and LLB from Macquarie University and has a LLM from the University of Glasgow, where she studied international environmental law and sustainability and global justice. She also has a certificate in Te Tiriti o Waitangi/Treaty of Waitaingi Law from the University of Auckland.

Prior to joining EDO in January 2019, Fleur was a visiting international attorney for a year (2016-2017) in the international group at Earthjustice, a Barrister practicing on Tenth Floor Chambers Selborne/Wentworth in Sydney from 2010 to 2016 and a solicitor in the Environmental Group at Allens/Linklaters. In 2015 she was a consultant and undertook capacity training for lawyers with the Samoan Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment.    

Fleur is currently a PhD candidate at UNSW and teaches at UNSW and University of Sydney Law Schools.

As well as bringing extensive experience as a litigator and in environmental law, Fleur is Samoan and brings a personal understanding of some of the challenges in the Pacific.  


Belinda Rayment

Senior Outreach Solicitor

Belinda joined EDO in Sydney in 2011 as a Solicitor in the litigation team, where she represented community groups in public interest environmental law cases, in both federal and State jurisdictions. She is now an Outreach Solicitor working across the Community and Professional programs.

Belinda provides clients with advice on a wide range of environmental legal issues, including planning, pollution, administrative law, mining and coal seam gas. 

Belinda holds an LLB (Hons) from University of New England and a Masters in International Environmental Law from Macquarie University. Belinda previously worked in a private practice specialising in local government and planning law and as Associate to Justice Talbot of the Land and Environment Court. She has also worked as a volunteer solicitor at Kingsford Legal Centre. 

Belinda’s main area of interest is climate change law, particularly mitigation of sea level rise and carbon pricing.

Belinda is currently on the Management Committee of the Total Environment Centre.


Natalie Vella

Senior Solicitor

Natalie joined EDO in Sydney in September 2018 as a senior solicitor in the litigation team. She provides clients with legal advice in relation to all aspects of state and federal environment and planning law. 

Prior to joining EDO, Natalie worked as an arbitration lawyer in Singapore and as a solicitor in the Sydney Resources group of Ashurst Australia. She has also worked as the research associate to the Hon Justice PM Biscoe of the NSW Land and Environment Court and as an environmental consultant in corporate practice.

Natalie completed a Bachelor of Science (Advanced)/Bachelor of Laws at the University of Sydney and was admitted as a solicitor in NSW in 2008. 


Cecilia Fonseca

International Program – Program & Legal Officer 

Cecilia joined the EDO in Sydney in March 2018 as a paralegal in the International Program. Now as the International Program – Program & Legal Officer, she undertakes a combination of program management, administration, legal and legal capacity development work, assisting our partners with projects which aim to enhance access to justice in the Pacific and to help Pacific peoples’ voices be heard on environmental issues.

Admitted as a lawyer in Australia in March 2018, Cecilia completed her first degree and a master’s in criminal law at the University of Coimbra, Portugal. She also holds a Master of Legal Studies from UTS and was awarded the 2017 Blackstone Waterhouse Lawyers Prize for best performing student in environmental law. After completing her first Law degree, Cecilia worked as a Trainee Lawyer and later as a Public Relations and Communications Consultant in Portugal.

Before moving to Australia, Cecilia has worked as a lecturer and coordinator of a Law degree in Mozambique. She also authored articles and tutored a small course which dealt with the regulation of gender in different systems of law. This personal interest is particularly focused on writing about the relationship between land rights and women as guardians of biodiversity. Cecilia is a founding board member of the Diverse Women in Law, a group based in Sydney.


Matt Floro

Solicitor 

Matt joined EDO in Sydney  in April 2018 and is a member of the litigation team. He advises individuals and community groups on state and federal environment, planning and climate change law and conducts public interest environmental litigation in several jurisdictions.

Matt has practised environmental and planning law in Queensland, Victoria and New South Wales. He has worked in both the public and private sectors, including as a legal adviser in the Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet and as a lawyer in the environment and planning teams of Clayton Utz and Corrs Chambers Westgarth. He teaches at various law schools in Sydney, including the University of New South Wales, and serves as a Board Director of the National Environmental Law Association. 

Matt holds undergraduate degrees in Law and Economics and a Master’s degree in Law from the University of Queensland. He also has a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from the Australian National University. He is currently undertaking a Master of Public Administration at Griffith University and a specialist LLM in Environmental, Natural Resources and Energy Law at the Northwestern School of Law of Lewis and Clark College in Portland USA.


Gabrielle Ho

Policy and Law Reform Solicitor

Gaby joined EDO in Sydney in September 2018 as a Policy and Law Reform Solicitor. She advises clients on many aspects of environment and planning law, including biodiversity and natural resource management.

Gaby has a Bachelor of Science (Resource and Environmental Management)/Bachelor of Laws from the Australian National University. Prior to joining EDO NSW, she worked and volunteered at various legal and environmental organisations within the community sector. She has previously served on the management committee of EDO ACT.


Emily Long

Solicitor 

Emily joined EDO in Sydney in February 2016 as a solicitor in the litigation team. She provides legal advice to individuals and groups on a wide range of environmental law matters, including planning, pollution, mining and coal seam gas and administrative law. Emily has also worked in our International Program, contributing to policy papers regarding marine law reform in the Pacific.

Emily holds an LLB (Hons)/Bachelor of Arts from the University of Melbourne. She is currently undertaking a Master of Environmental Laws at the University of Sydney.

Prior to joining EDO, Emily worked in a range of legal roles in commercial law and the community sector. Emily also spent 12 months volunteering as a Legal Advisor with the Landowners’ Advocacy and Legal Support Unit at the Public Solicitor’s Office in the Solomon Islands.


Nadja Zimmermann

Solicitor

Nadja joined EDO in September 2018 as a solicitor in the litigation team in Sydney. She advises and represents clients in a broad range of environmental and planning law matters.

Nadja previously worked as graduate and solicitor at Slater and Gordon in Melbourne, in commercial litigation. She has experience as a plaintiff lawyer in commercial law representing individuals against large corporations and in administrative and tort law, including negligence and nuisance. Nadja was admitted to legal practice in 2018 and holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Melbourne


Kirsty Jordan

Administration

Kirsty has been with EDO NSW since 2012. She has extensive administrative experience, working in the university and community sector since 1993. Kirsty is the ASU workplace delegate. She has a BA (Theatre) from Western Sydney University.

EDO recognises the traditional owners and custodians of the land, seas and rivers of Australia. We pay our respects to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander elders past and present, and aspire to learn from traditional knowledge and customs so that, together, we can protect our environment and cultural heritage through law.