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Patrick Ibbotson Partner and Sector Leader - Built Environment

Project approvals

Patrick has advised extensively on the State and Commonwealth impact assessment and approval processes for major projects.

Example projects include:

  • Epping to Chatswood rail link
  • M2
  • Eastern distributor
  • North-side Storage Tunnel
  • White Bay intermodal facility
  • Sydney International Cruise Terminal
  • Schools 1 and 2 PPP
  • Long Bay Forensic Hospital
  • Defence HQJOC PPP
  • Bonnyrigg Housing PPP
  • Parramatta Civic Place
  • Riverina Intermodal Freight and Logistics Hub
  • Homebush Bay Remediation
  • Kendal Bay Remediation
  • Airspace Architecture for Western Sydney Airport
  • Eastern gas pipeline
  • Taralga windfarm
  • Major residential project at Riverside Oaks Sydney
  • Parkes STP and ring main

This includes assisting with the development and implementation of approval strategies for the full range of planning and environment issue including permissibility, scope of assessment, public consultation, heritage, pollution, traffic, biodiversity, noise and vibration and other issues, liaison with regulators and advising on challenges and objections.

Contaminated land projects

Patrick has advised on many contaminated land management and remediation projects. His advice includes structuring, drafting and negotiating all necessary contracts, advice on regulatory and approvals issues and management of disputes. Example projects include:

  • remediation and proposed redevelopment of the former BHP Steelworks in Newcastle
  • remediation of the Allied Feeds and Lednez sites at Homebush Bay and the remediation of Homebush Bay
  • remediation of Kendal Bay
  • remediation of gasworks at Wagga Wagga, Goulburn, Hamilton, Mortlake
  • remediation of many sites in Sydney including Defence Lands at Ermington, North Penrith and Regent’s Park, Abbotsford Wiremill, former Arnott’s site at Concord and many others
  • advice on management of a large site affected by PCB

Environmental issues in property transactions

Patrick has also advised on the regulatory, contractual and commercial issues and risks arising from environmental aspects of properties facing owners, purchasers, vendors and occupiers of many hundreds of sites around Australia. Example matters include:

  • major site disposals including Defence Sites at Zetland, Moorebank, Penrith, Londonderry, Orchard Hills, Werrington, Regents Park, Ermington and Haberfield
  • major portfolio transactions including portfolios of petrol stations and associated facilities, fire protection industry properties, mining support services, galvanising and electroplating, telecommunications sites, food processing facilities and heavy industry sites
  • sale of former industrial properties including chemical manufacture, building products manufacture, metals and fabrication facilities and others

Environmental offences

Patrick has extensive experience over the past 30 years advising on investigations and prosecutions for environmental incidents including water pollution, air pollution, licence breaches, waste issues, transportation issues and heritage. On most of these matters Patrick has been in attendance for the interviews with personnel and has managed negotiations and discussions with the EPA. Example matters include:

  • advising a large contractor on EPA investigations for the alleged unlawful disposal of a large volume of material (over 20,000m3) alleged to be waste
  • advising a large utility on investigations into a major water pollution incident and subsequent prosecutions
  • advising a large utility on a number of water pollution incidents and alleged licence breaches and subsequent prosecutions
  • advising a Council on investigations by the EPA of alleged pollution incidents occurring during works on a Council project
  • advising in defended proceedings relating to heritage compliance
  • advising on defended proceedings for transportation of dangerous goods
  • advising on an investigation into alleged excessive noise and vibration and acting contrary to licence
  • advising on an investigation into alleged unlawful blasting and excavation at a mine site
  • acting for the Defendant in numerous water pollution prosecutions in numerous locations across NSW

Environmental compliance

Patrick has advised many of Australia’s largest government and private sector entities on environmental compliance issues including pollution, waste, heritage, planning and water resources issues. Example matters include environmental auditing of:

  • over 100 facilities of one of Australia’s largest manufacturing businesses
  • over 50 food manufacturing facilities
  • a Gold Mine
  • a major oil refinery
  • a major fire suppressant and security business
  • a galvanising business
  • major electricity distribution business.

Patrick also conducted a process and governance audit of a major Sydney Council, has given extensile advice on licencing requirements for waste, transport, chemicals, building products, water and energy business and advised on reporting requirements.

Land access Crown lands and compulsory acquisition

Patrick has advised both public and private sector clients on land access for projects including the compulsory acquisition of land, management of native title and Aboriginal land rights issues, management of Crown lands issues and land such as national parks subject to statutory constraints:

  • compulsory acquisitions for road, rail and pipeline projects including most recently for Westconnex
  • compulsory acquisitions for major council projects including town centre redevelopments
  • lead legal adviser in R&R Fazzolari Pty Ltd v Parramatta City Council [2009] HCA 12 which is one of the leading cases on powers of acquisition
  • advising on the acquisition of over 20 interests for a major town centre redevelopment
  • advising on all acquisitions for the Parramatta Civic Place redevelopment
  • advising on many compensation proceedings before the Land and Environment Court for RMS, Ausgrid, TfNSW and various councils
  • preparing an authoritative manual on compulsory acquisitions for local government in NSW
  • advising on rights of entry and rights to perform works under the Local Government Actand Mining Act
  • advising on extinguishment of native title for numerous major infrastructure projects
  • advising on Aboriginal Land Agreements for the transfer of Crown land to Land Councils
  • advising on protections of objects and places under the National Parks and Wildlife Act

Patrick has advised governments and utility providers on the management of Crown lands including heritage, biodiversity, plans of management and compliance with enabling legislation.

Waste contracting

Patrick has worked extensively with the procurement of waste management services and advising on compliance with waste laws. Example matters include:

  • waste collection contracts for numerous NSW councils
  • waste processing and disposal contract for NSROC
  • waste processing and disposal contracts for many councils including Ryde, Shellharbour, Wagga Wagga, Waverley, Cumberland, Goulbourn, Liverpool
  • Contracts of Food Organics Garden Organics and other waste facilities for Shellharbour, Shoalhaven, Kimbriki and Wagga Wagga
  • numerous Container Deposit Scheme refund sharing agreements including for SSROC and NSROC councils
  • contractual structures for establishment and logistics for two major hazardous waste facilities
  • proposed waste to energy facility in lower Hunter region

State and local government projects and procurement processes

Patrick has been the lead partner on numerous major development projects for state and local government. In this role Patrick has advised extensively on procurement and probity processes, contracting structures, PPP issues, procurement documentations and governance issues. Example projects include:

  • probity advice on procurement and disposal process for the NSW land and water holdings in the Nimmie-Caira
  • Parramatta Civic Place
  • Marrickville Hospital
  • Forster Civic Centre
  • Riverina Intermodal Freight Logistics Hub
  • Ryde Civic Centre
  • West Nowra Waste Facility
  • Dunmore Food Organics Garden Organics facility


Patrick has acted in many disputes concerning environmental issues and leading to dispute resolution processes including mediation and litigation. Example matters include:

  • mediation for change of market conditions affecting waste contract
  • Supreme Court proceedings concerning wrongful repudiation of a waste contract
  • expert determination process for variation claims for discovery of asbestos in RNH PPP
  • Supreme ourt litigation concerning claims under indemnities relating to 9 contaminated sites in NSW and Queensland
  • Supreme Court proceedings for large pool of hydrocarbon contamination beneath an airport site
  • Land and Environment Court proceedings challenging assessment of biodiversity impacts on Blue Gum High Forest
  • Dispute between neighbouring land owners concerning the escape of a large plume of petrol products