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Ali Field / Principal



Before joining Botten Levinson in 2020 Ali practised for almost 20 years at the Crown Solicitors Office as a specialist planning, environment and natural resources lawyer. Advising and representing State government Departments, Ministers, Chief Executives, Boards and agencies across the public sector, her clients included the State Planning Commission, the EPA (where she was in-house counsel for 3 years), the Native Vegetation Council, the State Heritage Council, the Coast Protection Board, the Department of Environment and Water, Department of Premier and Cabinet, the Department of Energy and Mining, Department of Primary Industries and Resources, and the Director of Fisheries.

Ali brings with her comprehensive experience and knowledge of South Australian planning, environment and natural resources law, together with an invaluable understanding of government systems, people and processes. Her experience includes:

  • Early issues arising under the Planning Development and Infrastructure Act & the new Planning and Design Code;
  • Major developments and projects assessment and approval process under the Development Act;
  • Crown infrastructure development assessment and approval;
  • Commonwealth EPBC Act bilateral agreement assessment process;
  • State Commission Assessment Panel development assessment & associated Department of Planning administration of development assessment processes;
  • Accredited professionals (formerly the private certifiers) scheme;
  • Conduct complaints against Accredited professionals and development assessment panel members;
  • State Heritage protection;
  • EPA licensing, regulation and enforcement;
  • Water licensing and allocation;
  • Mining and energy regulation;
  • Fisheries management and regulation;
  • Native Vegetation clearance consent regime;
  • Coastal land protection;
  • Site contamination liability and clean up;
  • Drafting of State Heritage Agreements, Land Management Agreements, Native Vegetation Heritage Agreements and Native Vegetation Management Agreements;
  • Urban Renewal Precinct establishment;
  • Appeals against decisions of the SCAP, the EPA and the Minister for Water;
  • Enforcement proceedings under the Development Act, Native Vegetation Act, the Environment Protection Act, the State Heritage Act and the Coast Protection Act;
  • Criminal prosecutions under environmental and natural resources legislation including the Environment Protection Act, the Native Vegetation Act and the Fisheries Management Act;
  • Judicial review litigation challenging decisions of Ministers, government bodies and administrative decision makers.

Ali’s practical, solutions-focussed approach to legal problems is underpinned by her excellent technical understanding of South Australian legislation, and powered by her strong communication skills.

Ali is a past committee member of the South Australian division of the National Environmental Law Association, a former member of the Legal Practice Committee of the Australasian Environmental Law Enforcement and Regulators network (AELERT), and the Chair of the National Government Environmental Lawyers Conference Committee (2007). Until her departure from government she was a member of the National Government Environmental Lawyers Network.