Due to our limited funding, there aren’t many of us.  But what we lack in numbers we make up in enthusiasm and knowledge!

Supported by a strong team of volunteers, we are working hard to protect the WA environment.

  • Declan Doherty

    Principal Solicitor

    Declan Doherty

    Declan commenced with the EDOWA on January 9 2017 and is one of Western Australia’s most respected environmental lawyers with a distinguished record of service to community and civil society organisations. Through his professional legal experience, Declan has a detailed understanding of all aspects of environmental law, including environmental impact assessment, water management, biodiversity conservation, climate change, Aboriginal heritage, mining and land access, and human rights.

    His professional work has been recognized for its community value. In 2002, he was awarded the Freehills Jerry Knowles Award for outstanding work as a junior lawyer combined with a significant contribution to the community and the law. Declan has published in legal and professional journal publications, presented at State and national conferences, and contributed lectures to the postgraduate courses in environmental law at the University of Western Australia.

  • Isaac St Clair-Burns


    Isaac St Clair-Burns

    Isaac graduated from Murdoch University in 2015 with First Class Honours in Law. His thesis examined the role of Climate Change litigation in the regulation of greenhouse gas emissions in Australia and the U.S.

    Isaac commenced with the Environmental Defender’s Office of WA (EDOWA) as a volunteer in October 2015. He was an inaugural Piddington Justice fellow and completed his Practical Legal Training with EDOWA.  He was admitted in the Supreme Court of WA in November 2016 and commenced as a Restricted Practitioner with EDOWA from Jan 2016.

    He has experience working in Litigation, Native Title, Planning, Environmental and Mining Law. He also assisted Mr Peter Quinlan SC with the final proof-reading of the Quinlan Review.

    He is a Committee Member of the National Environmental Lawyers Association (WA) and Fremantle Hockey Club.