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

Since joining legal practice, Gemma has gained significant experience in planning appeals, legal agreement drafting, judicial reviews, liquor licensing, statutory instrument and legal agreement drafting in Victoria, Queensland and London.

Gemma is able to combine her town planning and legal experience, bringing a comprehensive understanding of projects to deliver commercial and strategic outcomes.

Significant experience

  • Acting for a developer in a multi-faceted VCAT appeal for a large residential development in Fishermans Bend, Port Melbourne.
  • Acting on behalf of ten landowners in the Fishermans Bend Review Panel.
  • Acting on behalf of Lightsource BP in a VCAT appeal for solar farm comprising approximately 125,000 solar panels in Moira Shire.
  • Acting for the Port of Melbourne in a VCAT appeal against a development in the major hazard planning advisory area.
  • Acting for developers on multiple residential apartment complexes and medium density developments before VCAT.
  • 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 Melbourne CBD.
  • Advising caravan park clients.
  • Acting for the developer of a 15 storey, 147 residential unit development in the Supreme Court.
  • Managing Coles liquor licensing and regulatory approvals for the delivery of Liquorland stores.
  • 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.

Qualifications

Bachelor of Law,
Queensland University of Technology

Bachelor of Regional Town Planning,
The University of Queensland

Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice,
Australian National University

Memberships

Law Institute of Victoria

Victorian Planning and Environment Law Association

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