We have developed a strong reputation for delivering excellent results for local government.
Our highly experienced team places a strong focus on excellent service and value for money for city-based and regional councils alike. We understand the unique challenges and opportunities that councils are presented with and recognise that, in order to balance the needs of residents and stakeholders with the priorities and legal requirements of local government, a high degree of expertise and engagement is required.
We offer the expertise of lawyers who have not only acted for government as legal advisors, but who have also worked within government in the following areas:
Our team has extensive local government experience, having acted for a range of local councils across New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria.
18 June 2019 - Knowledge
Changing planning strategies to build more new homes in sought-after areas of major cities would have a bigger impact on affordability than introducing a national housing strategy, according to Grattan Institute fellow Brendan Coates.
07 May 2019 - Knowledge
The public will now be able to view a development application less than a day after it is lodged with a local council, rather than having to wait six to 18 months. The government has been trialling a new online tool called ePlanning, which requires homeowners and developers to submit DAs online.
27 March 2019 - Knowledge
All Commonwealth bodies will have to publish their annual reports on a public website from the end of this year following the launch of the new Transparency Portal. The portal will eventually contain the budgets and audited expenditure of all Commonwealth bodies.
27 February 2019 - Knowledge
Infrastructure Australia’s expanded list of priority projects has been applauded by the Planning Institute of Australia (PIA) for progressing a more integrated approach to managing Australia’s growth fairly and sustainably
20 February 2019 - Knowledge
The NSW Land and Environment Court has fined the Clarence Valley Council $300,000 for the removal of a scar tree in 2016.