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Expertise

Katie is a Senior Associate in our Property, Planning and Development group specialising in planning, development and environmental law, compulsory acquisition, planning litigation and property matters.

Katie has extensive experience in the fields of compulsory acquisition law and property/planning related matters. This includes advising on all aspects of claims made under the Land Acquisition and Compensation Act 1986 (LAC Act), Planning and Environment Act 1987 (PE Act), Water Act 1989 and the Major Transport Projects Facilitation Act 2009 (MTPF Act). Katie has also conducted litigation for acquiring authorities involved in disputed compulsory acquisition claims/compensation claims in the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal and the Supreme Court of Victoria.

Katie’s legal experience is complemented by her extensive public sector experience having worked for State Government departments on a number of major infrastructure projects.

Experience

Katie’s experience includes:

  • acted for the Department of Transport (formerly VicRoads) in their compulsory acquisition of land (including litigation) matters for projects such as:
    • Outer Metropolitan ring/E6 Transport Corridor
    • Dingley Bypass
    • upgrade of Midland Highway and Doyles Road Roundabout, Shepparton 
    • grade separation of Mountain Highway and Scoresby Road 
    • Yan Yean Road Duplication.
  • acted for the West Gate Tunnel Project providing advice relating to land acquisition and compensation, temporary land occupation and matters associated with the Project. Katie advised on relevant sections of the MTPF Act, the LAC Act, the PE Act and the Crown (Reserves) Act 1978 and other property related issues connected with the Project. The additional work undertaken by Katie, includes engaging and instructing consultants/expert witness, attending to advances of compensation and final settlements and Victorian Government Land Monitor submissions. Katie was seconded for a number of years, which enabled the Project to obtain practical and agile legal advice in a timely manner
  • acted on behalf of the Victoria Health Building Authority, providing advice relating to land acquisition and compensation associated with the New Footscray Hospital. Katie advised on relevant sections of the Health Services Act 1988, the LAC Act and the PE Act. The additional work undertaken by Katie included providing ongoing project management and strategic advice, engaging and instructing consultants/expert witness, attending to advances of compensation and final settlements, drafting offer summaries and Victorian Government Land Monitor submissions, drafting landowner correspondence, attending “without prejudice” valuers/settlement conferences and recommending settlement offers
  • acted for the Department of Education and Training in respect to the compulsory acquisition of school sites, including advising on Governor-in-Council exemptions
  • acted for Water Authorities and Councils in respect to the compulsory acquisition of land (including acquisitions by agreements)
  • acted for private clients in respect of their claims for compensation as a result of acquisitions by authorities, including the Western Outer Ring Main Pipeline Project and Crib Point Pakenham Pipeline Project.

Katie has also worked for State Government on the following major infrastructure projects:

  • Victorian Desalination Project 
  • Western Corridor Recycled Water Project (QLD) 
  • Northern Pipeline Interconnector Project (QLD)
  • Gold Coast Desalination Project (QLD) 
  • Queensland Children’s Hospital.

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