Before commencing in legal practice, Gemma practiced as a town planner in multi-disciplinary consultancies, taking projects from due diligence through to the implementation of planning permits.

Gemma combines her town planning and legal experience, bringing a comprehensive understanding of projects to deliver commercial and strategic solutions.

In 2022, Gemma was recognised as a future leading lawyer in the Doyle’s Guide, Planning & Environment Rising Star – Victoria.

Significant experience

Gemma’s experience includes:

  • Acting for a developer in a multi-faceted VCAT appeal for a large residential development in Fishermans Bend, Port Melbourne.
  • Acting for ten landowners in the Fishermans Bend Review Panel.
  • Acting for the developer of a four-stage mixed-use development in the Footscray Activity Centre, comprising approximately 440 dwellings.
  • Acting for developers on multi-residential apartment complexes and medium density developments before VCAT.
  • Advising on the interpretation of restrictive covenants and acting on behalf of clients in the Supreme Court in applications to modify or remove restrictive covenants.
  • Acting for Lightsource BP in a VCAT appeal for a solar farm comprising approximately 125,000 solar panels.
  • Acting for Globird Energy in a VCAT appeal for a solar farm comprising 30 megawatts of battery storage.
  • Acting for national developer in obtaining planning permits for the delivery of a 550-lot subdivision Casey Growth Area.
  • Acting for a media company in a VCAT appeal for 300m2 projector display sign in the Melbourne CBD.
  •  Advising caravan park clients.
  • Judicial review in the High Court (Queen’s Bench Division, London) in relation to a large pedestrian and cycle way improvement scheme for works in West End, London, UK.


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