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Gavin in 60 seconds

Gavin's practice encompasses both the litigation and transactional sides of environment and planning law. He has acted for private developers as well as Councils in the Land and Environment Court of NSW. He has also developed a particular expertise in the waste industry.

Gavin's expertise includes property development, planning, environmental law (particularly pollution and the waste industry), as well as regulatory/compliance and administrative law.

His clients include private developers, construction and industry clients, local Councils, Government agencies and State-owned corporations. He has represented clients in a number of cases in the Land and Environment Court of NSW including development appeals, compensation cases, civil enforcement proceedings and pollution prosecutions.

Gavin's transactional experience includes acting for many government clients in the procurement of waste and other services, drafting and negotiating VPA's for private developers and Councils, as well as advising both government and private clients on PPP's and infrastructure projects.

He has developed a particular expertise in the waste industry, focussing on procurement, regulation and enforcement and infrastructure delivery. This focus has led to him advising on environmental issues, projects such as the construction of new waste facilities, licensing, the waste levy, and the categorisation, disposal, and transportation of waste. As part of his pollution practice, Gavin also has significant experience in responding to incidents, including site management, EPA investigations, responding to notices and interviews, defending prosecutions, and disputes with contractors.

Gavin is a regular contributor to The Law Society Journal, Inside Waste Magazine and BEN Media.


  • BCom, LLB

Industry associations

  • Environment and Planning Law Association - Committee member
  • Waste Management Association of Australia - NSW Branch Committee
  • Waste Management Association of Australia - Landfill Committee
  • Urban Development Institute - NSW Chapter
  • Planning Institute of Australia - NSW Chapter

Gavin's Recent Experience

Teys Australia Southern

Acted in Land and Environment Court proceedings for applicant seeking to invalidate multiple development consents for subdivisions.

SSROC and Member Councils

Advised both SSROC, as well as various member Councils, on on the procurement of various waste services, including negotiating contracts for waste services (landfill, recycling, AWT, green waste and transportation) and advising on tender/probity related aspects.

Large waste/recycling company

Acted in EPA investigation and acted in defence of subsequent EPA prosecution.

E.J Cooper & Son

Advising one of the largest property developers in NSW on the redevelopment of land for the purposes of 4100 homes in north west Sydney including advising on rezoning, voluntary planning agreements, subdivision and private supply of recycled water and sewerage.

Gavin's Recent Insights

Container Deposit Scheme: Now the hard work begins

  • 04 Aug 2017

On 29 July 2017, the Minister for the Environment, Gabrielle Upton announced Exchange for Change and TOMRA-Cleanaway had been appointed to run NSW's new Container Deposit Scheme (CDS).Under the...

Planning reforms may limit local council windfalls through VPAs

  • 11 Nov 2016

Proposed reforms by the NSW Minister for Planning are poised to prevent local councils from gaining funding windfalls through the negotiation of Voluntary Planning Agreements (VPAs).BackgroundA new...

NSW Energy from Waste Policy Statement

  • 18 Mar 2014

March 2014On 18 March 2014 the NSW EPA released its long awaited Energy from Waste Policy Statement (the Policy). It sets the policy framework for Energy from Waste (EfW) facilities in NSW, an...