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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 May 2019 - Knowledge

Federal election 2019: Our expert analysis

#Construction & Infrastructure, #Corporate & Commercial Law, #Data & Privacy, #Immigration Law, #Planning, Environment & Sustainability, #Renewable Energy, #Superannuation, Funds Management & Financial Services, #Taxation – Disputes & Litigation, #Workplace Relations & Safety

After a momentous weekend in federal politics, all eyes are now turning to what policies are set to be delivered and what their impact will be on business and the economy.

14 May 2019 - Knowledge

Inside track: Planning, Environment & Sustainability

#Planning, Environment & Sustainability

The Green Building Council of Australia is preparing to evolve its Green Star rating system, encouraging the built environment to achieve net zero carbon emissions.

30 April 2019 - Knowledge

Inside track: Planning, Environment and Sustainability

#Planning, Environment & Sustainability

The attorney general has asked the privacy commissioner to investigate Aussie Farms and called on states to increase trespass penalties in response to the animal rights group.