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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

Winners of 2019 Maddocks Art Prize announced March 22, 2019

Friday 22 March 2019 Two of Australia’s most talented contemporary visual artists have been awarded the 2019 Maddocks Art Prize. Anna McMahon (ACT/NSW) and Zoë Croggon (Victoria) were last night named the winners of the … Continued

Latest Article

The long wait for franchising inquiry findings is over March 15, 2019

The current regulatory environment has manifestly failed to deter systemic poor conduct and exploitative behaviour and has entrenched the power imbalance [of franchisor’s over franchisees][1] This statement of the Committee sets the tone of the … Continued

Maria Marshall Partner

Background

Maria is an experienced advocate in the Planning and Environment jurisdiction, appearing both in VCAT matters and before Planning Panels Victoria.  She has developed an expertise in large EES matters through working on the hazardous waste facility case in Mildura, a boat ramp facility in East Gippsland and the desalination plant in Wonthaggi. Maria worked for three years as a senior policy adviser to John Thwaites, MLA, Victorian Minister for Health and Minister for planning from 2000 – 2003. In May 2012, Maria was made a Fellow of the Victorian Planning and Environmental Law Association.

Recognition

  • Ranked in the Australian Financial Review’s Best Lawyers in the category of Planning and Environment Law in 2016 – 2018.
  • Listed in Doyle’s Guide 2016 as a Leading Planning & Environment Lawyer.
  • Listed in Doyle’s Guide 2015 as a Leading Planning & Environment Lawyer.

Legal Expertise

  • Administrative law
  • Land acquisition and compensation
  • Litigation
  • Statutory interpretation
  • Town planning

Relevant Experience

  • Advising and appearing as an advocate on behalf of local government authorities in the planning list of the Victorian Civil & Administrative Tribunal.
  • Acting for local government authorities in applications for interlocutory and permanent injunctions, in the Supreme Court and, on appeal in the Victorian Court of Appeal and the High Court.
  • Acting for acquiring authorities and claimants in relation to land acquisition and compensation matters, including contested matters in the Supreme Court of Victoria and at the Victorian Civil & Administrative Tribunal
  • Advising government authorities on whether proposed course of action are within power and defending authorities against allegations of acting outside their powers, including Supreme Court proceedings.