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Expertise

Joseph is a planning and environmental lawyer with extensive experience acting for private clients, local councils, government departments and water authorities.

If planning or environmental litigation is necessary, Joseph will often act as solicitor advocate.

Experience

Recent Planning Experience

  • Acting for a council as solicitor advocate in relation to a proposal for a controversial residential drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre
  • Acting for a council as solicitor advocate before Planning Panels Victoria for a proposal to amend policy in the planning scheme to provide policy support for tourism uses in the Green Wedge Zone
  • Acting for the owner of a major site in which our client successfully rezoned its land through the Planning Panel process to the Mixed Use Zone to facilitate a major mixed use residential development. The matter involved complex planning issues in relation to heritage, building height and mass, public open space, traffic, community objection and setbacks to the Yarra River
  • Acting for a metropolitan Council in proceedings at VCAT with respect to the conversion of a former hotel to a multiunit residential development
  • Acting for a regional Council in numerous proceedings at VCAT including conditions appeals, declaration proceedings, and planning enforcement proceedings
  • Acting for the permit applicant in proceedings before VCAT for a $150 million hotel and apartment development at St Kilda Road. The permit was successfully secured through the compulsory conference process
  • Acting as solicitor advocates for Coliban Water and Western Water in proceedings before Planning Panels Victoria to apply environmental significance overlays as buffer protection around waste water treatment plants
  • Acting before Planning Panels Victoria for the operator of a major hotel servicing Melbourne Airport in successfully opposing a planning scheme amendment that sought to rezone the hotel land to the Industrial 3 Zone
  • Acting before VCAT for the permit applicant for an Islamic school
  • Acting for numerous developers at VCAT regarding multi lot subdivisions and developments which have been refused permits on the basis of neighbourhood character
  • Acting as solicitor advocates for Melbourne Seafood Centre before Planning Panels Victoria objecting to a proposed residential development. The matter involved complicated issues of land use conflict and industrial residual air emissions
  • Acting for EG Funds before Planning Panels Victoria in relation to a major proposed mixed use development. The matter involved complicated issues of land use conflict in relation to the proposed residential use and ongoing industrial uses at surrounding land
  • Acting for ISPT in an appeal to the Heritage Council of Victoria with respect to heritage issues at the former General Post Office building.

Recent Environmental Experience

  • Acting as solicitor advocates for Metropolitan Waste and Resource Recovery Group in proceedings before VCAT regarding the Melbourne Regional Landfill and also the Werribee Landfill
  • Acting for St Andrews Golf Club in various proceedings relating to groundwater issues involving Peninsula Hot Springs and Southern Rural Water
  • Acting for a council as solicitor advocate in relation to the Ministerial call-in of 4 major state significant development solar farms. The case involved complicated technical issues around heat island effects and the conversion of irrigated land to solar energy facilities

Recent Compulsory Acquisition Experience

  • Acting for the acquiring authority with respect to settlements of compensation for loss on sale claims, advances of compensation and settlements of compensation for various road projects
  • Acting for the acquiring authority for the Victorian Desalination Plant pipeline easements, including the conduct of several valuer conferences at VCAT
  • Acting in Supreme Court litigation for a claimant for the Regional Rail Link acquisition
  • Acting for a claimant against Melbourne Metro Rail Authority
  • Acting for water authorities for the acquisition of land for tank sites, water supply easements and irrigation modernisation schemes
  • Acting for Councils for the acquisition of land for various projects, including a freight and logistics centre and a bus interchange.

Water Industry

Joseph has for many years provided advice to Victoria’s water industry in relation to a wide range of issues.

A focus of Joseph’s practice for water industry clients has been providing legal advice with respect to issues arising from the provision of infrastructure, including pipelines, channel modernisation projects, tank sites and reservoir upgrades. His experience means clients have a single point of contact to provide advice and assistance with all aspects of these projects.

Joseph also holds a doctorate degree in law for his thesis titled ‘Law and Policy of the Murray-Darling Basin’.

Administrative Law

  • Providing administrative law compliance advice to Government agencies
  • Review of decisions - internal review, merits review and judicial review.

Publications

29 August 2018 - Knowledge

Tougher new environmental laws for Victoria

#Planning, Environment & Sustainability

The Environment Protection Amendment Act 2018 received royal assent yesterday, 28 August 2018. Section 2 of the Act sets out its commencement and it relevantly provides that ‘if a provision of this Act does not come into operation before 1 December 2020, it comes into operation on that day.’

09 May 2018 - Knowledge

Holding Redlich’s expert guide to the 2018 federal budget

#Corporate & Commercial Law

Our experts analyse the key budget announcements and outline the essential takeaways for business in areas including transport, superannuation & financial services, construction & infrastructure, property, technology, media & communications, workplace relations, immigration, planning & environment, and taxation. 

05 April 2018 - Knowledge

Update: Victorian local government reform and procurement changes

#Government

Progress of the reformsThe Victorian Government released to the public on 12 December 2017 its exposure draft to the Local Government Bill (the Bill). The close date for submissions expired Friday