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Jennifer Hughes

Jennifer Hughesis a partner in the Environmental Markets team at Baker & McKenzie, Sydney. Jennifer Hughes has over 15 years' experience advising on environmental and planning law. She also holds a science degree with majors in ecology and biology, and regularly writes articles and presents on environmental topics. Jennifer Hughes assists clients to obtain development and environmental licences and approvals, to acquire and divest industrial and contaminated land and to manage on-going environmental compliance and environmental incidents.

A number of changes have been implemented recently, giving environmental regulators and courts more enforcement options and increasing the amounts of penalties for certain environmental offences. The penalties payable in NSW under penalty notices for more serious environmental offences have been significantly increased, making them the highest penalty notice fines in…