Saturday, 24 February 2018

Helen Macfarlane
Telephone +61 2 8915 1004
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One of my key strengths is my tenacity.  I strive for the best outcome possible for my clients, whether it is advice work or litigation.  I want them to achieve their objectives as much as they do.  My clients trust me as part of their team.


The advice I give to clients is clear, concise and straightforward.


If the manner in which my clients seek to achieve their outcomes won’t work, I’ll tell them the bad news and then find a realistic, practical, timely and cost effective solution.


Despite my extensive experience in Land and Environment Court litigation, I aim to keep my clients out of Court proceedings where possible because of time and cost impacts.  Where proceedings are unavoidable, I endeavour to ensure that the issues in dispute are contained and the proceedings are conducted as expeditiously as possible.
 

I joined Addisons in May 2012 after nearly 12 years at Minter Ellison and 5 years at Norton Rose (formerly Deacons).
 

 

Qalifications

BA, LLB (Hons) – University of Sydney

 

Member, Planning and Regulatory Reform Committee, Urban Development Institute of Australia

 

Member, Environmental Planning Law Association

 

Member, Waste Management Association

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My expertise is in the fields of planning, environmental and heritage law. I was an alternate member of the New South Wales Heritage Council from 2000 to 2002.


My clients in this area include many of the major developers in Australia.

The work that I undertake for clients falls mainly within the following categories:

 

  • Project planning advice including structuring, preparing and reviewing rezoning proposals, (former) Part 3A applications and development applications

  • Planning approvals for infrastructure, in particular universities and schools

  • The preparation and negotiation of Voluntary Planning Agreements

  • Pre-purchase planning advice and due diligence

  • All aspects of Land and Environment Court litigation including planning approval appeals, enforcement proceedings, the determination of compensation following the compulsory acquisition of land and defence of criminal prosecutions for environmental offences

  • Heritage Law advice

  • Compulsory acquisition and compensation advice

  • Valuation of land

  • Rates

  • Land Tax

  • Contaminated land and pollution advice

 

Qalifications

BA, LLB (Hons) – University of Sydney

 

Member, Planning and Regulatory Reform Committee, Urban Development Institute of Australia

 

Member, Environmental Planning Law Association

 

Member, Waste Management Association

Latest Knowledge
Harper Reforms - what you need to know
16 November 2017
On 6 November 2017, significant changes to Australia’s competition laws came into effect, introducing some of the key recommendations of the 2015 Harper Competition Policy Review.
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Gambling Law & Regulation Newsletter December 2017
22 December 2017
Welcome to the December 2017 edition of Addisons Gambling Law & Regulation Newsletter.
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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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Bega Cheese
Advised on the planning and environmental due diligence relating to Bega Cheese’s acquisition of Mondelez's Australian and New Zealand grocery and cheese business.
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Mirvac
Helen advised Mirvac on planning issues concerning the redevelopment of 200 George Street Sydney for a commercial building under the City of Sydney’s alternative height provisions applying to sites within the Alfred, Pitt, Dalley and George Streets block.
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Lendlease Communities
Advising Lendlease Communities in relation to the negotiation and preparation of a planning agreement with the Minister for Planning and a planning agreement with the Council for the Mount Gilead project.
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Lendlease Communities
Helen was part of the team acting for Lendlease Communities in relation to the Calderwood Urban Development. This matter included negotiating variations to a planning agreement with the Minister for Planning and negotiating infrastructure contributions with the relevant council.
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WorleyParsons
Acted and advised it in relation to a prosecution against it under the Mining Act 1992 concerning information that was included in a mining application relating to the Bylong Valley coalmine project. The matter was resolved with the Department of Industry, Division of Resources and Energy by way of an enforceable undertaking given by WorleyParsons, and without any conviction against WorleyParsons.
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Coolmore Australia
Acted in relation to its successful objection to a Part 3A application and a subsequent State significant development t application for the Drayton South Mine Project in the Hunter Valley proposed next door to Coolmore’s world renowned thoroughbred breeding farm at Jerrys Plains. The instructions included advising Coolmore on planning and environmental law but mining tenements – exploration licences and mining leases under the Mining Act 1992
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Woolworths
Acting in relation to the proposed compulsory acquisition by Transport for NSW of one of its Dan Murphy’s stores.
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Penrith Lakes Development Corporation
Advised on the realisation of the Penrith Lakes Scheme including on rezoning, rates and land tax issues, and development contributions payable as part an offer by PLDC to enter into a planning agreement.
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Macquarie University
Helen is advising the University on the various planning approvals required and relevant approval pathways for the expansion of the University campus pursuant to a Part 3A concept plan approval, and negotiating and drafting planning agreements with the Department of Planning and Ryde City Council, on behalf of the University.
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Westfield
Helen advised Westfield on the redevelopment options and constraints for the redevelopment of the Sydney Tower, Imperial Arcade and Sky Garden sites in the Sydney CBD. The instructions included acting for Westfield in various Land and Environment Court and Court of Appeal proceedings.
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Walker Corporation
Helen acted in proceedings in the Land and Environment Court, the Court of Appeal of New South Wales and the High Court of Australia relating to the payment of compensation to Walker Corporation resulting from the acquisition of land at Ballast Point by the Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority.
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Department of Defence
Helen advised on all aspects of the disposal of a 50 hectare site at Bundock Street, Randwick and the disposal of a 19 hectare site at Spurway Street, Ermington with the aim of maximising the value of the sites prior to their disposal by the Department of Defence. The work included the preparation and finalisation of master plans for each site and consequent development applications.
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Qalifications

BA, LLB (Hons) – University of Sydney

 

Member, Planning and Regulatory Reform Committee, Urban Development Institute of Australia

 

Member, Environmental Planning Law Association

 

Member, Waste Management Association

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16 November 2017
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MORE INFORMATION
Gambling Law & Regulation Newsletter December 2017
22 December 2017
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New Educational Establishments State Planning Policy: significant changes to the planning approval pathways for private schools in New South Wales
11/9/2017
Existing private schools that are registered non-government schools under the Education Act 1990 (NSW) can now carry out many forms of development without the need to lodge a development application with the local council.
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This is Sirius: Undue financial hardship as a basis for opposing the proposed listing of a property on the NSW State Heritage Register
18/8/2017
Landowners and developers need to be aware of the meaning of the phrase “undue financial hardship” as a basis for opposing the listing of their property on the NSW State Heritage Register (SHR).
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Short-term rental accommodation: Airbnb and Stayz are likely to stay but the party house is over
26/4/2017
Amendments are proposed by the New South Wales Government to a number of environmental planning instruments to permit and regulate short-term rental accommodation of dwellings (STRA).
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Strata Renewal Plans and Strata Renewal Proposals – Will the redevelopment of redundant apartment buildings be more achievable for owners and developers?
16/3/2017
The Strata Schemes Development Act 2015 that commenced on 30 November 2016 offers significant benefits to the development industry by way of a new process that enables lot owners to end outdated strata schemes for sale or redevelopment purposes.
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NSW Planning Reform: A new world order?
6/3/2017
Developers should be prepared for a potential new planning world order as the draft Environmental Planning and Assessment Amendment Bill 2017 (the Draft Bill) is released for public consultation.
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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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Section 149 planning certificates: Shifting Sands
20/11/2014
Councils are currently required to include in section 149 planning certificates (Planning Certificates) information about whether or not the land is affected by a council or public authority policy that restricts development on the property because of the likelihood of risks such as coastal erosion and tidal inundation.
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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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'Easements of Necessity' – When the Land and Environment Court may be the more appropriate forum
25/9/2014
Developers need to consider carefully the most appropriate Court to apply for an order for an easement of necessity. Failure to do so can cause delays and incur further costs even if the easement is granted by the Court.
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Qalifications

BA, LLB (Hons) – University of Sydney

 

Member, Planning and Regulatory Reform Committee, Urban Development Institute of Australia

 

Member, Environmental Planning Law Association

 

Member, Waste Management Association

Latest Knowledge
Harper Reforms - what you need to know
16 November 2017
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MORE INFORMATION
Gambling Law & Regulation Newsletter December 2017
22 December 2017
Welcome to the December 2017 edition of Addisons Gambling Law & Regulation Newsletter.
MORE INFORMATION
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BRR Media interview with Martin O'Connor, Partner on Thursday 3 September 2015 at 4:00pm.
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