Areas of Expertise

Steven advises local government authorities, statutory authorities and private sector clients on a wide range of environment, planning, land acquisition and local government law. This includes commencing legal proceedings and representing clients in various Courts and Tribunals.

As well as being a lawyer, Steven is also an experienced town planner and prior to joining Bartier Perry, had a distinguished 12-year career as a town planner, consultant and manager in local government in NSW.

This background means Steven has a distinct insight into the workings of local government and the planning/development industry, which has proved to be invaluable to public and private sector clients alike. Steven understands that there are many different outcomes that constitutes a win in the eyes of our clients and uses his insights and experience to get the right results.

Steven regularly appears in the Land and Environment Court in relation to Classes 1 to 4 of the Court’s jurisdiction, and has appeared in the Supreme Court of NSW and the Federal Court of Australia. Steven also works in the firm’s property group on general land and property matters.

 

Qualifications/Memberships

  • Juris Doctor (UTS), including 2015 University Award for Planning and Development Law

  • Bachelor of Arts with Honours (University of Wales)

  • Admitted to the Supreme Court of NSW and the High Court of Australia

  • Full Member – Planning Institute of Australia

  • Member – Environmental and Planning Law Association NSW

  • Member of NSW Young Lawyers Environment and Planning Law Committee

 

A word from Steven

Whether I am acting for a consent authority, a developer or another stakeholder in the planning process, I take great satisfaction from being able to contribute towards good, just, planning outcomes.

My past experiences allow me to recognise and advise my clients on practical and commercial outcomes that can be achieved in the circumstances. I always try to add value in this way, as well as ensuring my client’s legal rights are protected and their obligations are understood.

 

Career highlights

  • Advising Lake Macquarie City Council on the lawful approach to the assessment of a particularly contentious development application and successfully defending Council against an appeal of the same matter in the Land and Environment Court

  • Successfully representing developer clients in various conciliation conferences with local government authorities to secure development consents

  • Representing a community group against a significant, undesirable development proposal that was ultimately refused by the Court

  • Guest lecturer in Heritage Law and Policy at the University of Sydney

 

Specific areas of focus

  • Environmental Planning and Assessment Act and Regulation, including in relation to: 

    • Development Assessment and Appeals

    • State and Local Environmental Planning Instruments

    • Development Control Plans and other Planning Policies

    • Planning Proposals and Planning Agreements

  • Local Government Act and Regulation

  • Heritage Act and Regulation

  • Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997

  • Compensation matters under the Land Acquisition (Just Terms Compensation) Act 1991

  • Trees (Disputes Between Neighbours) Act 2006

  • Related Acts and Regulations