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Tom specialises in environment and planning law and acts for a range of government authorities and private clients. Tom is an experienced litigator, having acted in a range of planning, environmental and compulsory acquisition cases.

Tom has experience in a variety of matters across a range of areas of law including compulsory acquisition, environmental and planning litigation, planning law, environmental law, pollution and contamination in NSW, Victoria and WA.

Tom acts for a range of Commonwealth, State and local government authorities, as well as private developers and landowners, assisting his clients in complex land transactions involving contaminated land and associated environmental issues.

Tom is also an experienced litigator, acting in a range of compulsory acquisition, planning and environmental disputes in the Land and Environment Court and Supreme Court for private clients and government authorities.


  • Bachelor of Commerce / Bachelor of Laws
    Masters of Law candidate

Industry associations

  • Member, Australasian Land and Groundwater Association
  • Member, Environment and Planning Law Association of NSW

Tom's Recent Experience

Sydney Trains

Acting for Sydney Trains in relation to general environment and planning law matters.

Sydney Airport

Acting for Sydney Airport in relation to the master planning and redevelopment of the domestic and international terminals at Sydney Airport. Advised on the preparation of the Draft Master Plan, which was approved by the Minister for Infrastructure and Transport in February 2014.

Rostry Pty Ltd

Successfully representing Rostry in a large planning appeal commenced in the Land and Environment Court by an objector in relation to five broiler farms.

Roads & Maritime Services

Acting for RMS in several land acquisition matters for major infrastructure projects, and advising on a wide range of environmental and planning issues.

Tom's Recent Insights

Landmark reforms for compulsory acquisition of land

  • 19 Oct 2016

On 18 October 2016, the NSW Government announced landmark reforms to the Land Acquisition (Just Terms Compensation) Act 1991 (Just Terms Act).The Just Terms Act governs the process by which land ca...

No stamp duty compensation for passive investors

  • 11 Oct 2016

A recent decision by the Land and Environment Court has clarified that stamp duty costs are not compensable where the acquisition of property has not resulted in relocation, or where the acquired p...

Hidden costs and underlying zoning issues with compulsory acquisition

  • 29 Jul 2016

29 July 2016The recent case of Constantine v Blacktown City Council (No 2) [2016] NSWLEC 81 is the first to consider whether the costs of non-valuation expert reports are compensable under s59...