Welcome to Watershed Legal

Watershed Legal is a boutique  legal practice delivering high quality services without a big firm price.

We are committed to providing responsive solutions to support the  objectives of  business, community members  and Indigenous groups on the wide variety of  matters  impacted by environmental  and corporate regulation in  Australia.

Carolyn Dearing brings more than 12 years of multi-industry experience to Watershed Legal. She has practiced as a solicitor with leading international  and national law firms and Australia’s corporate regulator, the Australian Securities and Investments Commission. Litigating high value, complex, multi-jurisdictional disputes  and  advising on a broad range of risk management, corporate governance and environmental regulatory matters spanning the energy, resources and transport industries to government and community sectors.  More >>

Contact Us

T: 08 6323 1751

M: 0414 356 488

E: cdearing@watershedlegal.com.au

Liability limited by a scheme approved under the Professional Standards Legislation


Corporate & Commercial Law

We provide advice on a range of issues relating to business and commercial dealings including contracts, Corporations Act and Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Act requirements and compliance, trade practices and consumer protection as well as business structuring.

Key areas of experience include:

  • Entity selection and business structures
  • Constitution drafting and advising
  • Corporate disclosure obligations,  governance and conflict management including directors’ duties, shareholders’ and members’ rights and special meetings
  • Risk management, ASIC investigations and compliance auditing
  • Trade practices 
  • Advice on administrations and windings-up
  • Litigation and dispute resolution 

Environment & Planning

Watershed Legal provides advice on a range of environmental law and land use issues including:

  • Strategic planning, environmental governance and risk management
  • Environmental and pollution incidents and investigations
  • Corporate/director/manager liability
  • Bio/social-offset and conservation agreements
  • Development joint ventures and partnerships
  • Water licensing, resource and licensing agreements
  • Corporate and regulatory compliance

Government Decision Making

We assist clients who want to facilitate development proposals and influence government planning and decision making processes.

Our skills include:

  • Advising on community and business rights in the context of public sector processes
  • Significant experience defending and challenging administrative decisions
  • Broad skills and experience advising governments on legislative and other drafting, regulatory compliance and freedom of information processes
  • Advocacy and drafting submissions to government
  • Provision of  practical advice informed by a deep understanding and long experience working for and within government