Principal Solicitor
LLB (Hons), BSc, LLM (Environmental Law)

Current practice

Eliza is a Principal Solicitor in the Government and Public Law team at the VGSO and is also Practice Group Leader of the Land, Planning and Environment Practice Group. Eliza is passionate about planning and environment and provides expert advice to clients regarding their options for risk management and mitigation. She has also built expertise in inquiries and commissions including representing the State before the Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission as well as appearing as Solicitor Advocate in VCAT and before panels.


Experience

Eliza has advised public sector clients at VGSO, and private sector clients in her former role at a major commercial firm on a wide range of matters such as:

  • two public examinations by the Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission into serious corrupt conduct, Operation Ord in 2015 and Operation Fitzroy in 2014, representing the interests of the State of Victoria;
  • two public inquiries into major fires, including the 2014 Inquiry into the Hazelwood coal mine fire and the 2009 Bushfires Royal Commission;
  • small and large environmental litigation including climate change adaptation and mitigation, water flows from serious storm events and contaminated land;
  • major redevelopments and expansion of public, commercial and industrial facilities including the Windsor Hotel redevelopment, GTV 9 Studios, Wonthaggi Desalination plant, Port of Portland, St Kilda Triangle, Dimmey's Richmond, other commercial sites such as supermarkets and petroleum facilities;
  • proposed planning scheme amendments for a range of uses of public and commercial land including appearing as advocate before Planning Panels Victoria and VCAT including management of expert evidence; and
  • drafting and advising on s 173 agreements to protect the interests of public sector clients.
     

Eliza's breadth and depth of experience is reflected in her practical approach. 


Memberships and professional associations

  • Law Institute of Victoria (Planning and Local Government Committee)
  • Victorian Planning & Environment Law Association
  • Melbourne University Law Review Alumnae