Blake is an environment and planning lawyer who advises local and state government departments and agencies, statutory authorities, consortiums, private developers, contractors and consultants in relation to development projects, local government and environmental law. He has a strong background having worked in-house in government, he understands the special working environment in which his clients operate.
Blake values answering client’s questions concisely and looking for solutions to complex legal matters. He has extensive litigation and prosecution experience, as well as negotiating and drafting planning agreements. He adopts a proactive, personable and client-focused approach aimed at fostering positive outcomes.
Blake has extensive in-house experience with several local government authorities and has advised and acted on matters ranging from regulatory and compliance, code of conduct, code of meeting practice, delegations, public private contracts and public land management.
Planning and Environment
Blake has a broad knowledge of the NSW planning system. Blake has an extensive background specialising in litigation in this area of the law. He also provides advice to proponents and planning authorities on the quirks and nuances of the planning system.
Blake has acted on behalf of private and government authorities in the Local Court, Land and Environment Court, the Supreme Court and the NSW Court of Appeal. Acting in civil and criminal proceedings, regarding planning appeals, injunctions, compulsory acquisition and prosecuting planning and pollution offences.
Crown and Public Land
Blake acted on behalf of a local government authority in the NSW Court of Appeal, successfully resisting an application for court-imposed easements over classified community land. Blake has also advised both Council and non-council crown land managers of their obligations and risks in managing Crown land.
New updates to the Model Code of Meeting Practice: What do they mean for NSW local councils?
An update on new model code of meeting practice that NSW local councils will have to adopt.
The Housing SEPP has commenced! Phase three of the New South Wales housing reform package
Housing SEPP aims to deliver more affordable and diverse housing, including co-living housing & independent living units