Steele Law: Expert Land and Environment Court lawyers

Overview

Our team at Steele Law specialises in providing expert advice and representation in litigation in the NSW Land and Environment Court and the Federal Court of Australia.

The NSW Land and Environment Court has jurisdiction over the following classes of matters:

Class 1: Environment, planning & protection appeals

Includes "merits appeals" against decisions made in relation to development consents and environmental approvals.

Class 2: Tree disputes & miscellaneous appeals

Includes matters arising under the Local Government Act 1993 and disputes under the Trees (Disputes Between Neighbours) Act 2006.

Class 3: Valuation, compensation and Aboriginal Land Claims

Includes compulsory acquisition appeals, valuation disputes, and the determination of Aboriginal land claims.

Class 4: Judicial review & civil enforcement

Includes "judicial review" of decisions made in relation to development consents and environmental approvals.

Class 5: Criminal proceedings

Includes prosecutions for planning and environmental law offences.

Classes 6 & 7: Criminal appeals against conviction or sentence

Includes appeals against convictions and sentences for planning and environmental offences imposed by the Local Court.

Class 8: Mining matters

Includes matters arising under the Mining Act 1992 or the Petroleum (Onshore Act) 1991.

How we can help

At Steele Law, we are highly experienced in advising and representing clients in each of the classes of matters falling within the jurisdiction of the NSW Land and Environment Court and the Federal Court of Australia.

Based in Sydney, we assist corporations, community groups and individuals involved in planning or environmental law disputes by:

  • developing a highly cost effective, efficient and robust litigation strategy;
  • leveraging our extensive network of leading counsel (barristers) and technical experts to ensure our clients are supported by a "top tier" litigation team;
  • where appropriate:
    • preparing a contingency plan (ie a "Plan B") to mitigate the risk of an adverse outcome; and
    • engaging in alternative dispute resolution processes to resolve disputes on an agreed basis.

Our success rate

We have an excellent litigation success rate. For example, the charts below provide a snapshot of the last 25 matters in which Marcus Steele has acted. Further details can be provided on request.

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Matter Type

Outcome

Our experience

Examples of matters in which we have successfully represented clients in the NSW Land and Environment Court and the Federal Court of Australia can be found here.

Contact us

To see how we can help you, please contact us for a confidential and obligation free initial consultation.