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Our Practice

Planning law is both complex and constantly changing.  We can assist our clients by identifying their legal obligations for development and infrastructure in a practical, common-sense way.  Our team recognises that planning and infrastructure law does not exist in isolation and when providing advice, we take into account (where relevant to our clients' commercial obligations) development timetables and broader public and political considerations.

We act for public and private developers, the State Government, Local Governments as well as those people who may be affected by proposed developments and/or land acquisitions. We have extensive contacts throughout the development industry and we regularly assist in forming and working in teams which often play an important part in issue identification, dispute resolution generally, and project delivery within prescribed timeframes. 

Our Expertise
  • Planning & Environment Court: Acting in the Planning & Environment Court regarding changes to applications and approvals, declaration proceedings, enforcement, and appeals. Our appeal work relates to residential, industrial and commercial developments, for various clients including developers, the Chief Executive administering the Planning Act 2016 (SARA), local government, landowners, and submitters. 

  • Master Planned Communities: Our firm and its particular team members are known for their extensive experience in the development of master planned communities, having written the overriding planning documents and infrastructure agreements with respect to the master planned communities for Robina and North Lakes, as well as advising the developers of a number of other communities in South East Queensland and North Queensland. 

  • Infrastructure:  Advising clients with respect to all aspects of infrastructure matters, including infrastructure agreements and the infrastructure charging provisions of the relevant legislation and instruments.   Infrastructure provision is one of the single most important considerations for any development proposal and is often the major source of contention between stakeholders in the development sector.  Our significant experience in advising clients (be they developers, affected landholders or infrastructure providers) on all aspects of infrastructure law means we are well positioned to provide legal solutions in line with our client’s objectives to achieve desired outcomes.

  • Due Diligence:  Undertaking legal due diligence with respect to various landholdings across the State for our private and public developer clients, advising on existing approvals and agreements and assessing development entitlements.

  • Planning Scheme, Policy and Legislative Impacts:  Providing practical and commercial advice to clients on the impacts of planning schemes and regional planning requirements as well as obligations under relevant town planning legislation.  Furthermore, advising clients on claiming compensation from local governments following planning scheme changes affecting their interest in land.   

  • Development Applications: Participating in multi-disciplinary teams to assist with the preparation of applications, including complex variation requests for large and long-term developments (including new master planned communities to be developed over 30 years), retail centres (including major shopping centres and Queensland’s first Costco development) and the proposed redevelopment of an existing CBD office building for a hotel.

  • Town Planning Objections:  Assisting clients with the preparation of objections and negotiations in relation to proposed new and changed developments. 

  • Environmental: Advising clients with respect to various environmental matters including regulations administering environmentally relevant activities, contaminated land, downstream water obligations, vegetation clearing and environmental impact assessments. We have also assisted clients defend proceedings alleging environmental harm.  If you would like more information about our environment law expertise, please click here.

Our Affiliations

Our firm is actively involved with the Queensland Environmental Law Association, Urban Development Institute of Australia (Qld Division), Brisbane Development Association, Planning Institute of Australia (QLD Division) and Property Council of Australia. 

Our Team

Please refer your enquiries to:

Matthew Shannon, Director
(07) 3307 4506

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