Awards & Recognition

  • Recognised as a Leading Lawyer by Doyle's Guide for Planning & Development since 2020

  • Recommended by Best Lawyers Australia for Planning and Environmental Law, 2021 - 2022

  • Recommended by Legal 500 Asia Pacific for Native Title, 2023

About Breellen

Breellen specialises in all areas of planning and environmental law. She advises local and State Government clients, in addition to a range of private sector clients, including within the development industry and waste and education sectors. As well as working with private practice, she has worked as an inhouse counsel for a number of government agencies in NSW and in the UK. Breellen has particular expertise in providing practical and strategic legal advice on Federal and State planning and environmental approvals processes.

In addition, Breellen advises on waste regulation, contamination, biodiversity conservation, environmental compliance and heritage matters. Breellen also handles litigious matters relating to development appeals, judicial review and enforcement in the Land and Environment Court.


  • Voluntary Planning Agreements

    Breellen has acted for the Department and the Minister for Planning and Public Spaces and a number of local councils in the drafting and negotiation of a number of complex planning agreements, securing a broad range of development contributions including land dedication and road infrastructure

  • Biodiversity Conservation

    Breellen has acted for a NSW Government agency in acquiring biodiversity credits to offset the impact of major roads infrastructure projects, including advising on the Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016.

  • Land and Environment Court Proceedings

    Breellen's experience includes acting for a local council in connection with a highly complex set of proceedings in the NSW Land and Environment Court including enforcement proceedings, Class 1 merits appeals and section 88K proceedings

  • Compulsory Acquisition

    Breellen has advised a number of local councils on the compulsory acquisition of land for capital works projects.

  • Environmental Compliance

    Breellen has advised a waste operator in relation to the Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997, including risk mitigation, environmental duties and obligations, licensing and waste regulation.

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