Sarah is an experienced advocate having developed a broad practice in appeals work encompassing a wide range of regulatory reviews and planning, development and infrastructure related matters.
She is briefed increasingly regularly in Supreme Court appeals and trials in a variety of areas.
Her practice has been built around her planning, development and regulatory background. She appears frequently at VCAT and before planning panels and is an author of Planning and Environment Victoria, the leading loose leaf service in this area.
Her practice includes:
• Involvement in all aspects of planning approvals for developments and subdivisions;
- acting for developers, local government, the Minister for Planning and objectors in the planning process;
- acting for people objecting to planning applications;
- Appeals from initial decision makers to the Supreme Court and VCAT;
- appearing at Panel hearings including in complex matters relating to environmental and related issues; and
- appearing before Advisory Committees relating to major infrastructure projects and proposals.
• Reviews of Local government decision making such as rates and charges, road acquisition and related matters.
• Reviews of government actions and decision making;
• Urgent applications and enforcement proceedings;
• Compulsory acquisition matters for acquiring authorities and those whose property has been acquired.
• Appearing and advising in respect of a wide variety of legislative regimes including:
- environment protection;
- local government and other regulatory regimes;
- water licensing;
- liquor and gaming approvals and hospitality and entertainment regulation;
- restrictive covenants.
• Prosecution and enforcement proceedings in various Courts and Tribunals for both prosecution and defence.
• Freedom of information.
Sarah has previously held the following positions and appointments:
• Sessional Member, Planning Panels Victoria 2001 – 2003
• Member, Victorian Casino and Gaming Authority 2001 – 2004
• Chairperson, Planning and Local Government Committee, Law Institute of Victoria, 2000 2001
• Accredited Specialist, Environmental, Planning and Local Government Law, Law Institute of Victoria, 1999 - 2001
• Lecturer (Sessional), Environmental Law, Deakin University, 1998 – 1999
• Honorary lecturer Monash University/Practice Manager Springvale Legal Service, 1994 – 1997
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PH +61 3 9225 8744
SEC +61 3 9225 8810
Chambers: Room 1603
Owen Dixon Chambers West
525 Lonsdale Street
Environment and Planning
Valuation of land rating and tax appeals
Environmental and Planning Offences
Compulsory acquisition of land compensation
Judicial Review and administrative law
Admitted to the Legal Profession:
02 May 1994
Signed Victorian Bar Roll:
22 Nov 2001