Environmental Law

Shona Stevens
Senior Associate
Direct telephone: +61 7 3232 0987
LLB (Hons) and BA (2003) Griffith University, LLM (2014) Queensland University of Technology
Admitted August 2006


Shona Stevens has over 12 years’ experience in both the public and private sectors, with a particular focus on government and community relations and advocacy, primarily in the fields of climate change and environment.

She commenced her career in 2004 with the Federal Government’s Department of Industry, Tourism and Resources.  During this period in Canberra, she worked across a range of coal industry policy and regulatory issues, with a particular focus on carbon capture and storage policy. Shona was coordinating author of the International Energy Agency’s second publication on Legal Aspects of Storing CO2 and presented internationally on Legal Issues of Carbon Capture and Storage.

From 2007, Shona worked for Anglo American Metallurgical Coal (Australia), where she carried responsibility across climate change policy and regulatory issues and a range of government and stakeholder relations issues. Key achievements while working at Anglo American included accurately analysing the impact of the Federal Government’s Clean Energy Act (‘carbon tax’); successfully managing compliance with the carbon tax; successfully applying for carbon tax government assistance; and improving compliance against Anglo American’s government and social affairs policy and performance standards. Shona also represented Anglo American on numerous industry association and government committees and working groups.

Shona joined Leanne Bowie Lawyers in March 2016. She continues to be particularly involved in working with peak industry groups and government in environmental and climate change policy issues.  Shona is a member of the Queensland Resources Council’s water, offsets and Great Barrier Reef working groups.

Her Masters of Law was focused on climate change and Commonwealth environmental law.  During this time, she was a contributor to the Queensland Environmental Practice Reporter.