What we do
We are a well-resourced planning and environmental law practice that manages large and small matters. Our team of planning and environmental lawyers provides authoritative and strategic advice and conducts significant litigation. We represent clients in the Supreme Court, Magistrates Court, State Administrative Tribunal and commercial arbitration. We provide legal advice on planning law, in particular on how to obtain development and subdivision approvals and compliance with development conditions. We provide a comprehensive service for land compensation and valuation law claims. Glen McLeod is involved in all matters and we have a fair, innovative approach to pricing. We do not charge hourly rates.
Areas of Practice
We have given approvals advice on projects under the Environmental Protection Act 1986 (WA) and liability under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (Cth). The clearing of native vegetation has been an area of dispute for several clients.
We successfully defended a client on a charge of illegal clearing and we have conducted related appeals to the Minister for the Environment. We advise clients on liability for contaminated sites and their classification and on statutory responsibility for noise emissions.
Glen and the team have unmatched experience in the overlap between environmental and town planning law
We have advised a major industrial company on the planning approvals needed for a multi-million dollar project to expand its operations. We have conducted a number of reviews in the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) against subdivision and development decisions of the Western Australian Planning Commission (WAPC) and local governments.
Our work has included conducting a number of arbitrations and State Administrative Tribunal matters concerning injurious affection and compensation under planning and compulsory takings legislation.
We obtained a favourable outcome in the SAT mediation of a refusal to approve a remedial development of a former landfill site. We have also made submissions to planning authorities on the interpretation of town planning schemes and the setting of conditions, notably for a client mining company to develop worker accommodation.
We work with clients to develop strategies to approach governments at all levels and our work includes, for example, advice on the form and content of correspondence. Most of our work includes interaction with government agencies and we have long experience in major infrastructure agreements.
We gave advice and prepared submissions to the Government for an industry organisation to protect critical industrial assets from encroaching sensitive development. We are currently representing a client in a nuisance case for damage done as a result of infrastructure works.
We have recently advised on the acquisition of land for a railway station and agreements with the Government for the development of a railway and associated infrastructure. We are advising in property litigation matters concerning an easement and on a difficult lease relating to a contaminated site.