Monday, 23 July 2018

David O'Donnell
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I work with clients for whom I have a high regard as I believe that this forms the basis of a sound relationship that will deliver results. Furthermore, this also puts me in a position where I begin with, and maintain, my enthusiasm for achieving the best outcome for my clients because I understand and respect the importance these matters have for them.
 

It has always been more than the simple legal solution for me; I look to understand the outcome that my client seeks and work from that basic objective. It is important to put myself in the position of my client and view the advice that I give them through their eyes, while also looking beyond the issue presented to me by the client, so as to see the next set of issues that may affect them and their business.
 

My work for over 40 years has encompassed all areas of environmental and planning law, including representing clients in many landmark cases before the Land & Environment Court, the Court of Appeal and the High Court.
 

I have been involved in large infrastructure projects including the M2 and Eastern Distributor, the establishment of major facilities for the Sydney Olympic Games in 2000 acting for the Olympic Coordination Authority, the Port Kembla steelworks which is the largest factory in Australia as well as major resorts, shopping centres and master planned communities.
 

I joined Addisons in January 2012 after spending 24 years as a partner at Mallesons Stephen Jaques, where I was head of their national Environment and Planning practice.
 

 

Qualifications

LLB – University of Sydney


LLM – University of London
 

Consistently listed by Who's Who Legal as one of the world's leading practitioners in Environmental Law

 

“This firm offers fantastic service.  The lawyers have an awareness of both the commercial and political issues so they can approach the work from various angles.” 
As described in 2011 Chambers Asia Pacific Guide
Latest Knowledge
Are Loot Boxes Gambling? The War over Loot Boxes Continues – Australia Joins the Battlefield
23 July 2018
The Australian Senate has joined the international battlefield over whether “loot boxes” in video games constitutes gambling. On 28 June 2018, following a motion proposed by Greens Senator Jordon Steele-John, the Australian Senate agreed to refer an inquiry into the use of loot boxes in video games to the Senate Environment and Communications References Committee (the Senate Committee).
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eSports: Gambling in the Digital Age
28 June 2018
While still in its early stages, the Australian esports industry is growing at a rapid rate, with popular and respected tournaments such as the Intel Extreme Masters being held in Sydney annually, to the delight of thousands of Australian fans. At this year’s Australasian Casino and Gaming Regulators’ Conference, Jamie Nettleton gave a presentation on the development of esports and the current issues (including legal issues) that surround this growing industry.
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Poor Relationships with Colleagues Leads to Dismissal
03 September 2015
BRR Media interview with Martin O'Connor, Partner on Thursday 3 September 2015 at 4:00pm.
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I work with a range of clients in the following areas:
 

  • Environmental and planning law
  • Administrative law
  • Commercial property
  • Heritage law
  • Law of contaminated land
  • Valuation law
  • Environmental offences and proceedings
 

Qualifications

LLB – University of Sydney


LLM – University of London
 

Consistently listed by Who's Who Legal as one of the world's leading practitioners in Environmental Law

 

“This firm offers fantastic service.  The lawyers have an awareness of both the commercial and political issues so they can approach the work from various angles.” 
As described in 2011 Chambers Asia Pacific Guide
Latest Knowledge
Are Loot Boxes Gambling? The War over Loot Boxes Continues – Australia Joins the Battlefield
23 July 2018
The Australian Senate has joined the international battlefield over whether “loot boxes” in video games constitutes gambling. On 28 June 2018, following a motion proposed by Greens Senator Jordon Steele-John, the Australian Senate agreed to refer an inquiry into the use of loot boxes in video games to the Senate Environment and Communications References Committee (the Senate Committee).
MORE INFORMATION
eSports: Gambling in the Digital Age
28 June 2018
While still in its early stages, the Australian esports industry is growing at a rapid rate, with popular and respected tournaments such as the Intel Extreme Masters being held in Sydney annually, to the delight of thousands of Australian fans. At this year’s Australasian Casino and Gaming Regulators’ Conference, Jamie Nettleton gave a presentation on the development of esports and the current issues (including legal issues) that surround this growing industry.
MORE INFORMATION
Poor Relationships with Colleagues Leads to Dismissal
03 September 2015
BRR Media interview with Martin O'Connor, Partner on Thursday 3 September 2015 at 4:00pm.
MORE INFORMATION
 

Qualifications

LLB – University of Sydney


LLM – University of London
 

Consistently listed by Who's Who Legal as one of the world's leading practitioners in Environmental Law

 

“This firm offers fantastic service.  The lawyers have an awareness of both the commercial and political issues so they can approach the work from various angles.” 
As described in 2011 Chambers Asia Pacific Guide
Latest Knowledge
Are Loot Boxes Gambling? The War over Loot Boxes Continues – Australia Joins the Battlefield
23 July 2018
The Australian Senate has joined the international battlefield over whether “loot boxes” in video games constitutes gambling. On 28 June 2018, following a motion proposed by Greens Senator Jordon Steele-John, the Australian Senate agreed to refer an inquiry into the use of loot boxes in video games to the Senate Environment and Communications References Committee (the Senate Committee).
MORE INFORMATION
eSports: Gambling in the Digital Age
28 June 2018
While still in its early stages, the Australian esports industry is growing at a rapid rate, with popular and respected tournaments such as the Intel Extreme Masters being held in Sydney annually, to the delight of thousands of Australian fans. At this year’s Australasian Casino and Gaming Regulators’ Conference, Jamie Nettleton gave a presentation on the development of esports and the current issues (including legal issues) that surround this growing industry.
MORE INFORMATION
Poor Relationships with Colleagues Leads to Dismissal
03 September 2015
BRR Media interview with Martin O'Connor, Partner on Thursday 3 September 2015 at 4:00pm.
MORE INFORMATION
Construction Certificate not Invalid if it is Inconsistent with the Relevant Development Consent
15/12/2014
Approved construction certificate drawings that are inconsistent with the relevant development consent drawing do not render the construction certificate invalid, according to the New South Wales Court of Appeal.
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Substantial increase to penalties for environmental offences, introduction of new offences and greater enforcement powers for Councils
10/11/2014
The Environmental Planning and Assessment Amendment Bill 2014 (“Bill”) was introduced in Parliament on 22 October 2014 and proposes the following significant changes to the planning legislation for NSW.
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Proposed changes to State Environmental Planning Policy No 65—Design Quality of Residential Flat Development (SEPP 65) and Residential Flat Design Code may affect current development applications
29/9/2014
Developers should consider seeking legal advice as to how the proposed changes to SEPP 65 and the new draft Apartment Design Guide may affect any current development applications they may have.
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Qualifications

LLB – University of Sydney


LLM – University of London
 

Consistently listed by Who's Who Legal as one of the world's leading practitioners in Environmental Law

 

“This firm offers fantastic service.  The lawyers have an awareness of both the commercial and political issues so they can approach the work from various angles.” 
As described in 2011 Chambers Asia Pacific Guide
Latest Knowledge
Are Loot Boxes Gambling? The War over Loot Boxes Continues – Australia Joins the Battlefield
23 July 2018
The Australian Senate has joined the international battlefield over whether “loot boxes” in video games constitutes gambling. On 28 June 2018, following a motion proposed by Greens Senator Jordon Steele-John, the Australian Senate agreed to refer an inquiry into the use of loot boxes in video games to the Senate Environment and Communications References Committee (the Senate Committee).
MORE INFORMATION
eSports: Gambling in the Digital Age
28 June 2018
While still in its early stages, the Australian esports industry is growing at a rapid rate, with popular and respected tournaments such as the Intel Extreme Masters being held in Sydney annually, to the delight of thousands of Australian fans. At this year’s Australasian Casino and Gaming Regulators’ Conference, Jamie Nettleton gave a presentation on the development of esports and the current issues (including legal issues) that surround this growing industry.
MORE INFORMATION
Poor Relationships with Colleagues Leads to Dismissal
03 September 2015
BRR Media interview with Martin O'Connor, Partner on Thursday 3 September 2015 at 4:00pm.
MORE INFORMATION