Representative matters

Licensing, contract review and conditions, enforcement negotiation, permitting comments, environmental assessment, regulatory compliance

Representative clients

Corporations, individuals, public interest groups, community associations, local governments, indigenous business, small business

Memberships and Associations

Law Society of Western Australia

First Nations Deaths in Custody Watch Committee Inc


Carolyn Dearing - B. Economics (Soc Sc), B. Laws (Hons) (University Medal)

Carolyn Dearing is an experienced lawyer whose practice includes advising on all aspects of environmental law, corporate law, regulatory compliance and dispute resolution.

Carolyn 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.

She has advised the federal government on safety and environmental regulation of the offshore oil and gas sector and provided a broad range of services to individuals, community  groups and Indigenous people on water rights, mining and oil and gas permitting, pollution controls, environmental  litigation and  compliance with local, State and Federal legislation.

 Carolyn has worked with international law firm Norton Rose,  the Australian Securities & Investments Commission (ASIC) in Sydney and Perth, national law firm, Clayton Utz, and the Environmental Defender’s Office WA (Inc). 

Her extensive experience in corporate law and litigation combined with her knowledge of environmental regulation means that she provides a rare combination of technical and strategic advisory legal services that is responsive to each client’s unique situation.

A highly experienced lawyer, Carolyn is regarded as a go-to person for strategic commercial advice. Her reputation is built on her legal skills, the results she achieves for her clients  and the relationships she maintains with them.

Energetic, innovative and future oriented, Carolyn has the experience to help you solve your problems.