Alice is passionate about Environmental and Planning law and has practised in Environment, Planning and Local Government Law at BAL Lawyers since 2011.  As Director, Alice provides high level legal advice and representation to local councils and private clients in NSW and the ACT on a wide range of environment, planning and local government issues, including development applications and environmental offences and licencing requirements. Alice regularly assists her clients to interpret and apply legislation and statutory instruments, including State and Local environmental planning instruments, and regularly appears in merit review proceedings in the ACAT and Land and Environment Court arising from development related decisions. Alice often assists clients navigate and implement the civil enforcement and criminal prosecution provisions of environmental and planning legislation, including during investigations and in court.

Reflecting the broad range of issues for which local councils have responsibility, Alice also advises on administrative law issues, including due process, privacy and access to government information as well as local government practice and procedure, and is experienced in proceedings in Class 4 of the Land and Environment Court as well as the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal.

Alice was admitted to legal practice in 2009 with qualifications in law and environmental science from the Australian National University, including a Master of Laws in Environment Law. Prior to commencing work at BAL Lawyers in 2011, Alice worked for a large national firm providing procurement, probity and contracting advice to Commonwealth and State Governments. Alice continues to apply her commercial law experience to advise local councils on a range of procurement issues and contract disputes, with a particular emphasis on waste and infrastructure procurement, contracts and voluntary planning agreements. She was promoted to Director in July 2020.

Practice Focus

  • Planning and Environmental Law
  • Government and Administrative Law
  • Local Government Law

Areas of Expertise