Having acted in planning and local government matters for and against Local Government Authorities, multi-national corporations and individuals objecting to the granting of development approvals, we have an understanding of the factors which need to be weighed up when representing each set of litigants.
In our experience often Local Government Authorities are driven by the need to ensure their statutory powers are not eroded and their statutory obligations are given effect to. They are also driven by the need to avoid the creation of adverse precedents. Developers and individuals wishing to obtain Development Act approval for projects often wish to ensure they obtain approval for the most beneficial development outcome they have in mind however are invariably governed by tight financial and budgetary constraints. In simple terms these stakeholders do not wish to see funds unnecessarily consumed in the planning approval process. Objectors to developments in many instances act upon reasonable and genuine grounds with honest intentions however are invariably concerned at being deep pocketed by Councils or Developers.
Our practitioners endeavour to ensure that in each case which comes before us, we identify at the earliest sensible opportunity whether there are any reasonably acceptable settlement solutions capable of satisfactorily resolving a given matter.
In the event a matter cannot be settled, you will have the confidence that our firm is capable of and will stand behind its advice by competently representing your interests in any Tribunal or Court, including through the use of in-house Counsel if requested, at any level. Whether you are a Local Government Authority, a Developer or a person objecting to a Development Approval who needs to appear before the Environmental Resources and Development Court or in an appeal before the Supreme Court, we have the ability to assist you by ensuring your arguments are presented in the best, most thorough and most thoughtful way to give you the best chance of success.