Managing Principal Solicitor
LLB (Hons), BA

Current practice

Natasha leads the Land Acquisition, Planning and Environment team at the VGSO and has particular expertise in land acquisition, compensation and valuation matters.  She regularly advises acquiring authorities on land acquisition powers, process and procedure for infrastructure and other major projects and provides training to acquiring authorities on these issues.  Natasha also manages the settlement and litigation of disputed claims for compensation and can appear as an advocate where required.

Natasha recognises that a litigated disputed claim is rarely the best outcome.  She places particular emphasis on stakeholder management to facilitate early assessment of compensation and resolution of disputed claims.

In addition, Natasha regularly runs judicial review proceedings for a range of clients across government with a particular emphasis on proceedings arising in a planning context.

Experience

Natasha's practice is focused on advising and acting for acquiring authorities to ensure that they are able to deliver the land required for government projects.  She has provided specialist and definitive advice on all aspects of the land acquisition process including the power to acquire land; the process and procedure of acquisition, compensation, and claims under Part 5 of the Planning and Environment Act 1987.

Natasha is a client focused litigator who can expertly and efficiently handle complex and sensitive matters.  Since joining the VGSO in 2009, Natasha has managed disputed claims for acquiring authorities across government in the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal, the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeal.  She has also had the carriage of high profile judicial review proceedings in the Supreme Court in relation to planning controls at Phillip Island and the East West link.  In April 2015, Natasha managed major Supreme Court litigation regarding the assessment of site value of a significant portion of the Port of Melbourne.

Natasha is passionate about staff development for clients.  In early 2014, she developed and delivered a comprehensive and tailored five session training program to a major acquiring authority on the law governing compulsory acquisition and compensation. 

Professional associations:

  • Law Institute of Victoria
  • Victorian Planning and Environmental Law Association
  • Valuation, Compensation and Planning Users' Group of the Supreme Court
  • Victorian Women Lawyers