Gerard Timbs is a Partner in the firm’s Property and Real Estate Group where he specialises in planning, environment and sustainability law including major project developments, mixed use, master-planned and multi-unit residential projects, renewable energy (solar farms), agricultural and tourism developments and local, state and federal government work.
Gerard’s clients include developers, proponents, land owners, submitters and Local and State Government authorities.
Gerard is a recognised industry expert and has been named a Best Lawyer in Australia in the practice area of Land Use and Zoning Law since 2014. Gerard is also recognised in the 2017 edition of Doyles Guide as a Leading Planning & Development Lawyer in Queensland.
Gerard is also a qualified (previously practising) town planner and the current editor of the Queensland Environmental Practice Reporter.
Gerard has extensive experience advising and acting on behalf of clients in relation to planning litigation in the Planning and Environment Court. He has provided advice on all stages of development from due diligence through to approval and construction.
Gerard is also experienced in compulsory acquisition, resumption and compensation matters and has successfully negotiated agreements with all levels of government. He also provides land valuation and land access advice and has litigated compensation claims in the Land Court.
Current clients include Sunland, Zenonos Group, Ostojic Group, Intrapac, Coles, PGA Properties, Logan City Council, Maranoa Regional Council.
Gerard has extensive experience acting for both applicants and respondents in environmental prosecutions and enforcement proceedings in the Planning and Environment Court, Land Court and Magistrates Court. Gerard is currently involved in one of Australia’s largest environmental prosecutions.
Gerard provides advice to the renewable energy sector in relation to town planning law, native title and cultural heritage, land acquisition and compensation and has provided representation in land valuation and compensation matters.