Victoria McGinness

Senior Associate
Planning, Environment & Local Government


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

Victoria advises local councils and private clients on a wide range of planning matters including the interpretation of environmental planning instruments, the assessment of development applications, , as well as compliance and enforcement.  Victoria’s experience extends to civil and criminal litigious matters in which she has acted for local councils and private clients in proceedings in the ACT Civil and Administrative Tribunal, the NSW Land and Environment Court, the NSW Local Court and the ACT and NSW Supreme Courts.

Victoria advises local councils on a range of administrative law issues, including access to government information and the delegation of council functions.  She is also well-versed in the compulsory acquisitions process and provides advice regarding the notification and gazettal procedure, as well as issues regarding the determination of compensation.

Victoria joined BAL Lawyers in May 2017, was admitted to practice in the ACT Supreme Court in 2018 and was promoted to Senior Associate in July 2023. Victoria received the University of Canberra Medal for the Faculty of Business, Government and Law and the ACT Supreme Court Judges Prize. Victoria also received a number of academic prizes throughout her studies, including the BAL Lawyers Environmental and Planning Law Prize.

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