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Expertise

Nick is a senior associate in our Property & Real Estate Group. He specialises in planning, local government, environment and property, with combined experience in private practice and local government in both Australia and New Zealand.

Nick’s areas of expertise include:

  • statutory planning
  • strategic planning
  • restrictive covenants
  • ratings and special charges
  • Section 173 agreements
  • planning enforcement proceedings
  • subdivision of land
  • Building Act enforcement
  • local laws
  • public health and wellbeing
  • domestic animal compliance
  • compulsory acquisition
  • environmental effects
  • discontinuance of roads
  • sale of Council land
  • liquor / gaming licensing
  • sale and purchase
  • leasing and retail leases
  • adverse possession
  • nuisance.

Experience

Nick regularly advocates for his clients in hearings, mediations and compulsory conferences before the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal. He also appears before Council meetings, Planning Panels Victoria and the Magistrates Court acting on prosecution matters, as well as attending at the Victorian Supreme Court for restrictive covenant applications.

Nick has previously worked in-house at a leading Victorian multi-disciplinary consultancy servicing the property development industry, advising on various property development matters as well as working in local government in both Victoria and New Zealand.

Nick is qualified to practice in both Australia and New Zealand.

Publications

21 August 2019 - Knowledge

Inside track: Planning, Environment & Sustainability

#Planning, Environment & Sustainability

The United Nations recently published a study, involving 400 experts from 50 countries, which predicted that human activities — such as industrial farming, fishing and use of petrochemical energy — will drive nearly a further one million species of plants and animals to extinction in a few decades

19 August 2019 - Knowledge

Do you need an Environmental Protection Licence with that?

#Planning, Environment & Sustainability

The Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997 requires an Environmental Protection Licence for certain activities that are likely to impact on the environment or cause pollution.

05 August 2019 - Knowledge

Design excellence: When near enough is not good enough

#Planning, Environment & Sustainability

This article looks at a recent Land and Environment Court of New South Wales decision and what is required to achieve design excellence.