Leanne Bowie
Direct telephone: +61 7 3232 0932
BA (1986) LLB (Hons) (1988) University of Queensland
Admitted: February 1991.


Leanne is a specialist practitioner in project approvals, planning, environment and resumption issues for major projects and also in the area of related legislative and policy reform.

From February 1989 until July 2010, Leanne was at Minter Ellison (or its predecessor, Morris Fletcher & Cross) and in 1999 was appointed head of the Brisbane Environment & Project Approvals practice.

She is immediate past chair of the Planning & Environment Committee of the Queensland Law Society and she has represented the Society in negotiations and submissions with the State Government on planning and environmental law reform for over a decade.

She acts as both legal advisor and service member of the Queensland Resources Council, for example, she acted for the QRC in the Commission of Inquiry relating to Queensland’s 2010-11 floods.  Her experience on behalf of these (and other) peak industry groups, combined with her long history of advising the Queensland Government on legislative and policy changes, is particularly relevant to her recognition at the ‘cutting edge’.  In addition, she has lectured the environmental law component of the mining and petroleum law subject for the University of Queensland in 2007 and 2009, and she was previously Queensland editor of the National Environmental Law Review for 6

Leanne has been recognised in each edition of Chambers Asia-Pacific since Environment was listed as a field; and also in Who’s Who Legal, Best Lawyers, Doyles and Euromoney/Legal Media Group Australasia Women in Business Law Awards.

Leanne is currently listed in Chambers Asia-Pacific in Band 1 for Environmental Law and is described as ‘incredibly talented’.