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Areas of Practice

  • Administrative Law
  • Building Law
  • Environment
  • Land Valuation
  • Landlord and Tenant
  • Local Government
  • Property Law
  • Town Planning

Joanne’s expertise and interest is in environmental and planning law. She appears regularly before the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal, Planning Panels Victoria and the Supreme Court of Victoria.

Joanne has accepted briefs to represent and provide advice to the Minister for Planning, State Government departments, statutory authorities, developers & proponents, responsible & planning authorities and third party objectors. Joanne’s approach benefits from the extensive and broad experience she gained working as Legal Counsel in Local Government and as a Senior Associate specialising in commercial litigation in private practice.

In addition to her expertise in town planning, Joanne specialises in matters relating to contaminated land, wind farms, landfills, water (including review of decisions for groundwater licences and prosecutions under the Water Act), climate change, quarries, hazardous waste and noise & odour emissions


Joanne is the legal editor of Victorian Planning Reports and a co-author of VCAT Decisions in Planning News.

She is a member of the Victorian Bar’s Climate Change and Environmental Law Panel, the Victorian Planning and Environmental Law Association and the Law Institute of Victoria’s Planning and Local Government Committee


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