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We work collaboratively with our clients to build strong, sustainable relationships. Our team is committed to delivering consistent high standards of service, and we understand the importance of accessibility. Working with us, you'll enjoy open communication, meaning well scoped, properly resourced and effectively managed matters.

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Latest Case

Providing strategic advice on expansion structures November 16, 2018

Founded in Bondi Beach in 2012, Bailey Nelson has rapidly grown into a global eyewear retailer and service provider with boutiques in Australia, London, Canada and New Zealand. The strong demand for their products and … Continued

Latest News

2019 William Ah Ket Scholarship launches May 1, 2019

Wednesday 1 May 2019 The 2019 William Ah Ket Scholarship is now open for expressions of interest. The scholarship – named after Australia’s first barrister of Chinese background – is open to final year law students, law … Continued

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New laws for short-stay accommodation May 20, 2019

The short-stay accommodation changes to the Owners Corporations Act 2006 (Vic) (the Act) are now in force as of 1 February 2019, with Victoria following New South Wales’ lead to attempt to regulate use of … Continued

John Rantino Partner

Background

John is a partner in the Planning & Environment Group. John has been a lawyer for over 25 years, most of that time acting on behalf of state government, statutory authorities and local government  This includes representing clients and advising on all manner of planning issues – including appearing before the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal and other Tribunals and Panels. In governance, John is highly regarded for his work in electronic gaming applications, rating and valuations matters, National Competition Policy and trade practice compliance and prosecutions.

John is highly regarded in the industry and has been awarded the following rankings:

  • Ranked in the Australian Financial Review’s Best Lawyers in the category of 2013 – 2018 for Planning and Environment Law and Insolvency and Government Practice from 2016 – 2018
  • Listed in Doyle’s Guide as a Pre-Eminent Planning & Environment Lawyer in 2017.

Legal Expertise

  • Administrative Law
  • Environment and Planning
  • Local Government Law
  • Prosecutions and Enforcement

Relevant Experience

  • Regularly appearing before the Planning and the Occupational and Business Lists of the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal, Planning Panels Victoria and Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation
  • Acting in a number of landmark Supreme Court matters including City of Melbourne v Commissioner of Land Tax (land tax issue), Victorian Superannuation Board v City of Melbourne (rateability of land), 101 Collins Street Pty Ltd v City of Melbourne (supplementary valuation), Shell Australia Ltd v City of Melbourne (valuation appeal) and ISPT v City of Melbourne (valuation of heritage building)
  • Providing planning advice on a number of significant State developments and property transactions, including major broadacre subdivisions, industrial renewal projects and activity centre planning
  • Personally appearing in over 700 prosecutions on behalf of state government authorities and councils
  • Representing local government clients in significant electronic gaming machine applications considered by the VCGLR and VCAT.