Environment & Planning

Our environment and planning practitioners comprise a most accomplished team. In this complex and demanding field, we enjoy over 60 years combined legal experience, and variously hold specialist qualifications in geography, economics, science and environmental law.

We provide timely, practical advice to enable government and business decision makers to confidently manage their environment. Our extensive experience enables us to provide advice which is sensitive to political and commercial realities.

We practice in all areas of environmental and planning law. Our experience covers:
  • Town planning and property development
  • Built, cultural and natural heritage
  • Planning and environmental litigation
  • Land acquisition
  • Due diligence
  • Environmental licensing
  • Liquor licensing
  • Native vegetation
  • Water resources
  • Land contamination
  • Environmental impact assessments
  • Development and environmental policy
  • Water and wetland systems
  • Environmental contamination
  • Groundwater contamination
  • Environmental audits
  • Environmental management systems
  • Storm water management and reticulation
  • Aquifer recharge
  • Waste and landfill
  • Gas extraction from landfill
  • Waste recycling
  • Agricultural development
  • Native title
Our team is committed to the highest standards. Given the constantly changing nature of this field of law, we also provide regular in-house training, seminars and updates to ensure that our clients are always well informed on recent developments.

Past Events

Prosecuting with conviction

In making a decision to prosecute, the prosecutor must evaluate the likelihood of the case succeeding in court. Many factors are relevant to this, including the strength and admissibility of the evidence, the evidentiary burden of proof and whether defences may be available. 

Join us for a one day workshop in which we will examine ways in which Councils can improve the quality of investigations and evidence gathering, and optimise the prospects of success when prosecuting breaches of the Development Act 1993 and other similar regulatory offences.

Claire Ryan & Peter Psaltis will cover topics including:
  • elements of criminal offences;
  • provision of cautions;
  • burden of proof;
  • commencing proceedings and case flow management;
  • evidence and admissibility issues;
  • disclosure and other duties of the prosecutor;
  • defences;
  • principles of sentencing.

Steve Garden from Intersol Global Academy will cover topics including:

  • how to effectively take notes;
  • taking witness statements;
  • exhibit management;
  • how to prepare a brief for your solicitor;
  • basic introduction to cognitive interviewing and conversation management.

Who should attend: Building & Planning Compliance Officers, Authorised Officers, Authorised Persons and Planning & Development Officers

When: 9am – 5pm, Wednesday 2 May 2018

Where: Norman Waterhouse Lawyers, L15, 45 Pirie Street, Adelaide

Cost: $450 + GST. Discounts available for bookings of 3 or more – please contact Leah Fingleton on 8217 1320 or lfingleton@normans.com.au for more information. 

About the Speakers

Peter Psaltis has been involved in regulatory enforcement for most of his 20 years of legal practice. He has advised and represented on both prosecution and defence sides, in many environment protection, planning, building and native vegetation matters.

In her seventeen years of practising in the Planning & Environment field, Claire Ryan has regularly advised and represented Councils in relation to both civil and criminal enforcement proceedings in the Environment Resources & Development Court and the Supreme Court.  

Steve Garden is one of 4 Australia based associates of Intersol Global, an international company specialising in the delivery of Extraordinary Case Management training across the spectrum of investigation and investigative interviewing techniques. Steve has been employed as an experienced investigator, having served in the law enforcement arena since 1987. Steve is highly trained in suspect and witness interviews, including specialist training with regards the interviewing of child victims / witnesses. His extensive experience in brief submission and investigative methodology allows him to work alongside different agencies and submit evidence to the highest standard, liaising with senior counsel and giving evidence in the highest courts.

Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016 Seminar

The Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016 has now been passed by both Houses of Parliament and assented to by the Governor - with numerous amendments adopted along the way.

To find out what’s in, what’s out, and what’s next for the Act, join market leading experts Norman Waterhouse for a seminar exploring:

  • the key changes to the State’s planning system which will be brought about through the Act; and

  • the implications of these changes for councils in the areas of:

    • development assessment;
    • planning policy;
    • infrastructure and engineering;
    • development compliance;
    • building regulation; and
    • governance and administration.

Get up to speed on what the changes in the Act might mean for you and how to place your council in the best position to facilitate the implementation of this new scheme with our Environment and Planning specialists.

Session details

Date: Tuesday, 24 May 2016 

Time: 8:30am to 10:30am, followed by morning tea

Location: Norman Waterhouse, Level 15, 45 Pirie Street Adelaide

Please note spaces are limited so please register early to avoid disappointment. 

Our Environment & Planning Specialists