Acting Managing Principal Solicitor
LLM, LLB, BSc

Current practice

Annette provides authoritative, practical and timely legal advice to a variety of departments and statutory agencies in environment, planning and related areas, including development approvals, regulatory compliance and administrative decision making.

Annette's environment practice includes acting for and advising clients in relation to environmental approvals, contaminated land, environmental audits, regulatory compliance, statutory powers and liabilities.

Annette's planning and water law practice includes acting for and advising clients in planning and related areas including development approvals, planning scheme amendments, infrastructure, drainage and sewerage projects, roads, land management, Aboriginal cultural heritage and native title. Annette is an accomplished advocate and is able to appear as solicitor advocate as required.

Annette advises clients in relation to administrative decision making, the exercise of statutory powers and statutory interpretation.  She has a particular interest in decision making in accordance with the Victorian Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities and has provided advice in relation to charter rights in the context of planning decision making and enforcement.

Annette also confidently runs complex and sensitive judicial review proceedings involving planning and environmental matters.  She actively encourages dispute resolution and mediation processes to resolve matters and prevent costly and protracted litigation wherever possible.

Annette believes in developing capabilities for clients and regularly provides tailored and cost effective seminars and training in relation to environmental and planning matters.

 

Experience

Annette has experience in the government, commercial and not-for-profit sectors having started legal practice at a not-for-profit environmental law centre and spent a substantial part of her practicing experience at a commercial firm acting for State government, water corporations, regulators and local government clients servicing both metropolitan and regional areas.

Annette also has experience working in in-house government roles including as in-house legal advisor and advocate for local government and at Victoria's Environment Protection Authority.

Prior to joining the VGSO, Annette was Legal Advisor to the Independent Inquiry into the Environment Protection Authority, sponsored by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, which reported to the Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Water on 31 March 2016.

In 2014, Annette lectured in the University of Melbourne Law Masters program in a subject titled 'Toxics, waste and contamination law'. The subject is proposed for inclusion in the 2017 program.

 

Memberships and professional associations

  • Law Institute of Victoria
  • Victorian Women Lawyers
  • Victorian Planning and Environmental Law Association
  • Professional Environmental Women's Association