Nicole Sommer – CEO, Principal Lawyer
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 has 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. She is currently completing a Doctor of Jurisprudence with Deakin University.
Claire works part-time and is happy to be back reconnecting with the beautiful landscapes of Tasmania.
Vicki is our annual Point to Pinnacle team wrangler and fundraising extraordinaire. In her spare time, she’s a Landcare professional, community volunteer and all-round legend.
If you’d like to find out more about joining the EDO’s P2P team, contact her on email@example.com or click here.