Planning & Environment

Our team of experienced experts are here to assist with all aspects of planning and environment law.  Our work ranges from seeking review of decisions of regulatory authorities, interpreting planning legislation and planning instruments, drafting planning agreements and representing our clients in the ACT Civil and Administrative Tribunal and the Land and Environment Court of NSW in merit and judicial review matters, civil enforcement and prosecution proceedings.

We provide environmental law services in the ACT and NSW including advice about tree clearing and threatened species, biodiversity and heritage.  We assist with pollution and contaminated land matters, environment protection licensing and clean-up and prevention notices under the Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997.

Development applications

Whether you need to submit a development application or are appealing a decision made by a regulatory authority in respect to your development application, our experienced Planning and Environment lawyers can assist.

We can provide advice on the permissibility and characterisation of your proposed development and guide you through the development assessment process. If you already have a development consent, we can provide you with advice about lapsing, conditions and modifications. We can also represent you in the ACAT or Land and Environment Court of NSW, should you need to appeal the decision of a regulatory authority about your development application or consent.


Compulsory acquisitions

Public authorities have the power to acquire land and interests in land by compulsory acquisition. However, prior to doing so, they are expected to negotiate with land-owners.

If you have found yourself in the difficult position of negotiating with a public authority for the acquisition of part of or an interests in your land, we can help.  We provide advice as to what rights you have and to assist in negotiating appropriate compensation. If negotiations are unsuccessful, we can represent you in Court to help you get fair and reasonable compensation. We understand that the acquisition of land can be a confronting, stressful and drawn out situation.  Our aim is to provide practical and grounded advice and to ensure you are in safe hands throughout every step of the process.


Despite best intentions, disputes are a common yet unfortunate aspect of life that can end up costing you significantly.  Whether it is a dispute with a neighbour or with your local government authority, our experienced team can assist.

If you are involved in a dispute about a planning or environmental law matter we can provide advice on how to proceed and your prospects of success if you were to take your dispute to court.  We can guide you through alternative dispute resolution options and, if it comes to it, we will represent you with determination in court.

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