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The current property law issues facing your clients

Halfday seminar 20 May, 2022

Ian Hemmings SC, Martin Place Chambers (Chair); Janet McKelvey, MPC; Lara Nurpuri, MPC; Fenja Berglund, MPC; Lauren Sims, MPC; Angela Pearman, MPC; Mark Seymour, MPC; Dr James Smith, MPC

Dixson Room, Mitchell Wing, NSW State Library

09:00AM to 12:30PM

Proudly supported by Martin Place Chambers

Speakers and Program:
Ian Hemmings SC, Head of Chambers, Martin Place Chambers (Chair)

Strata Law: Strata renewal update including dealing with entitlement
Janet McKelvey and Lara Nurpuri, MPC
NCAT property issues: Navigating litigation in NCAT and access to neighbouring lands
Fenja Berglund and Lauren Sims, MPC
Acquisition and compensation checklist:
• Getting your house in order before you receive the PAN
• Compare and contrast compensation, particularly disturbance, for 88K claims as against Just Terms

Angela Pearman and Mark Seymour, MPC
Floodprone land: Avoiding, planning and reform
Dr James Smith, MPC

Ian Hemmings SC
Ian was admitted to the Bar in 1996 and appointed Senior Counsel in October 2013. Prior to coming to the Bar Ian was at Allen Allen & Hemsley for 4 years, and Tipstaff to Justice Noel Hemmings of the Land and Environment Court of NSW. Since coming to the Bar his practice has focused on matters relating to Valuation, Local Government and Planning and Environmental Law. His practice has him regularly appearing in the Land and Environment Court of NSW and in appeals from that Court to the NSW Courts of Appeal and the High Court of Australia.

Janet McKelvey
Janet was called to the Bar in 2013. She specialises in planning, local government, environmental and valuation law (in particular in relation to compulsory acquisition matters). She is a committee member of the Environment and Planning Law Association, an Editor of the Environmental Law Reporter and is on the editorial panel of the Local Government Reporter.
Lara Nurpuri
Lara was called to the Bar in 2018. Her practice areas include planning and environment, land acquisition compensation, local government, property, environmental crime, and building and construction. She is a member of the Environmental Planning Law Association.
Fenja Berglund
Fenja was called to the Bar in 2007. Her principal practice areas include environment and planning, and property and land use. She has been a co-lecturer of environmental planning and development law at UTS since 2012. Fenja is also the co-author of the ‘Land use planning, development & building control’ chapter of Local Government Planning & Environment NSW.
Lauren Sims
Lauren Sims was called to the Bar in 2020. Prior to coming to the bar, Lauren worked as a solicitor in private practice, government and in-house roles. She commenced her legal career as a tipstaff and associate to a judge of the Land and Environment Court. Lauren has experience in a broad range of areas of law including environmental law, planning, mining law, energy and resources, work health and safety, native title, and property. She has conducted litigation in civil, administrative and criminal proceedings and resolved disputes through alternative dispute resolution including mediation, conciliation and negotiated settlements
Angela Pearman
Angela was admitted to the Bar in 1996 and since 2000 has practised extensively in Valuation, Planning, Environmental and Property Law in all jurisdictions of the Land and Environment Court. She advises and appears regularly for councils, developers, government departments, community groups and individuals in a range of administrative and environmental matters, civil enforcement proceedings, in valuation and land acquisition cases and environmental criminal prosecutions.
Mark Seymour
Since 2004 Mark’s practice has primarily been in environmental and planning law with a particular focus on environmental, planning and administrative law as well as compulsory acquisition and valuation. In 2017, he completed training to become an accredited mediator through the London School of Mediation. Mark is the co-author of the Annotated Local Government Act 1993 (LexisNexis).
Dr James Smith
James has been advising and representing both private and public sector clients in the areas of planning, environment, property and local government law for approximately 15 years. He regularly provides guest lectures in environment and planning law at the University of NSW and Macquarie University, both to undergraduate and postgraduate students. James has held a number of committee appointments including regional coordinator in Sydney for the IUCN — Commission on Environmental Law, the Executive Councillor of the Environment and Planning Law Association (NSW) Inc and Chair of the NSW Young Lawyers Environmental Law Committee. In 2015 James was also appointed to NSW Law Society Advisory Committee for Specialist Accreditation in Local Government and Planning Law. In 2009 he published his Third Edition of the Practitioner’s Guide to the Land and Environment Court of NSW. In 2010 he obtained Specialist Accreditation in Local Government and Planning Law from the NSW Law Society.


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