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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

12 March 2019 - Knowledge

Concurrence and referrals: New step in powers for the Planning Secretary

#Planning, Environment & Sustainability

As part of the recent reforms to the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act, the Secretary of the Department of Planning and Environment was given new powers to seek to prevent delays to applications and resolve disputes between agencies for integrated development.

06 March 2019 - Knowledge

Inside track: Planning, Environment & Sustainability

#Planning, Environment & Sustainability

Investa claims it is the first property company in Australian to achieve an approved real estate Science Based Target. The company committed to net zero emissions by 2040 in 2016 across its office portfolio and business operations.

20 February 2019 - Knowledge

Inside track: Planning, Environment & Sustainability

#Planning, Environment & Sustainability

Australia is on track to meet its Paris climate commitments five years earlier than expected — in 2025 — according to new research from the Australian National University. Lead researcher Professor Andrew Blakers said we have a very vigorous rooftop solar industry and very experienced ground-mounted solar farm and wind farm industry.