Sunday, 22 April 2018

Pauline Adraskelas
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My experience lies in providing commercial advice to developers, statutory authorities and government in the fields of planning and environmental law. That advice relates to transactions and, where necessary, litigation.

 

Clients work with me because I am passionate about helping them to realise their objectives, or solve their problems as the case may be, by providing advice that is strategic, timely and effective. To achieve the best legal outcomes I work closely with clients and their consultants to understand the different imperatives of each matter and I always aim to achieve my personal objectives to provide focussed advice efficiently and to add value.

 

Qualifications

B.Bus. LLB (Hons) – University of Technology, Sydney

 

Latest Knowledge
EPA Prosecution
Advised multiple entities on EPA investigations and prosecutions in the Land and Environment Court. Clients have included Multiplex Constructions, Cabonne Council, Thiess/Hochtief, Xstrata, lllawarra Coke and Coal and BHP Steel (AIS).
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Contaminated development site
Represented a developer landowner in relation to an appeal by a former owner in respect to a management order issued by the EPA for the remediation of contaminated soil and groundwater caused by historical manufacturing operations. The appeal was resolved by the parties resulting in a voluntary remediation agreement and then the future sale and redevelopment of the property.
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Finance
Advised the financier in respect to the Huntlee New Town project in respect to a legal challenge to the planning approval and shadowed the solicitors with conduct of the defence. Conducted due diligence for a banking syndicate on the Frasers Central development which was the largest residential development finance at the time since the GFC.
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My experience includes:

 

  • Advising developers, statutory authorities and government in relation to approvals required at the Commonwealth, State and Local Government level for projects ranging from infrastructure works, subdivisions, rezoning proposals, residential, commercial and industrial development as well as liquor and entertainment uses
  • Conducting litigation, primarily in the Land and Environment Court of NSW but also the Court of Appeal and High Court of Australia, with respect to merit appeals against Council decisions, judicial review proceedings, civil enforcement, criminal prosecutions, valuation objections and the compulsory acquisition of land
  • Undertaking due diligence investigations on behalf of financiers and developers with respect to residential, commercial, retail, industrial and mining assets
  • Advising on issues concerning contaminated land, pollution incidents and environmental compliance issues
     
 

Qualifications

B.Bus. LLB (Hons) – University of Technology, Sydney

 

Latest Knowledge
EPA Prosecution
Advised multiple entities on EPA investigations and prosecutions in the Land and Environment Court. Clients have included Multiplex Constructions, Cabonne Council, Thiess/Hochtief, Xstrata, lllawarra Coke and Coal and BHP Steel (AIS).
MORE INFORMATION
Contaminated development site
Represented a developer landowner in relation to an appeal by a former owner in respect to a management order issued by the EPA for the remediation of contaminated soil and groundwater caused by historical manufacturing operations. The appeal was resolved by the parties resulting in a voluntary remediation agreement and then the future sale and redevelopment of the property.
MORE INFORMATION
Finance
Advised the financier in respect to the Huntlee New Town project in respect to a legal challenge to the planning approval and shadowed the solicitors with conduct of the defence. Conducted due diligence for a banking syndicate on the Frasers Central development which was the largest residential development finance at the time since the GFC.
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Sydney Water Corporation
I was a member of the litigation team representing Sydney Water Corporation in the successful resolution of a number of multi-million claims for compensation arising from the compulsory acquisition of easements to facilitate the Sydney desalination project.
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City of Sydney
Formerly, I was a member of the litigation team representing the City of Sydney in application by Westfield for a declaration and consequential orders requiring Perpetual to comply with the Council’s consent conditions. This matter encompassed successful appeals to the Court of Appeal and the High Court of Australia.
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Merivale
I was the instructing solicitor representing Merivale in respect of successful appeals against decisions of the City of Sydney regarding the extended trading hours of The Establishment and Ivy.
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Councils
I have provided advice to and represented Pittwater Council, Willoughby City Council and the City of Sydney in the Land and Environment Court on numerous merit appeals raising issues with respect to town planning, urban design, heritage, traffic, engineering, threatened species and social impact. The developments involved have included residential, commercial, retail and entertainment uses. In addition, I have provided advice and conducted litigation in respect of interpretation of consent conditions, challenges to development consents and prosecution for unauthorised development.
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Corporate Advice
I have provided advice to corporations such as Chevron, International Power, Origin Energy and Telstra Corporation Ltd in respect of planning and environment approvals.
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Charter Hall
Representing this client in a successful appeal against the refusal of consent by Randwick Council of a multi-million dollar residential development in Little Bay encompassing 450 dwellings)
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Qualifications

B.Bus. LLB (Hons) – University of Technology, Sydney

 

Latest Knowledge
EPA Prosecution
Advised multiple entities on EPA investigations and prosecutions in the Land and Environment Court. Clients have included Multiplex Constructions, Cabonne Council, Thiess/Hochtief, Xstrata, lllawarra Coke and Coal and BHP Steel (AIS).
MORE INFORMATION
Contaminated development site
Represented a developer landowner in relation to an appeal by a former owner in respect to a management order issued by the EPA for the remediation of contaminated soil and groundwater caused by historical manufacturing operations. The appeal was resolved by the parties resulting in a voluntary remediation agreement and then the future sale and redevelopment of the property.
MORE INFORMATION
Finance
Advised the financier in respect to the Huntlee New Town project in respect to a legal challenge to the planning approval and shadowed the solicitors with conduct of the defence. Conducted due diligence for a banking syndicate on the Frasers Central development which was the largest residential development finance at the time since the GFC.
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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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Short Term Rental – When is the Law Broken?
6/8/2014
It is very likely that in many instances individuals are offering their properties for rent through websites such as airbnb and stayz without knowing whether or not they are breaking the law.
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Qualifications

B.Bus. LLB (Hons) – University of Technology, Sydney

 

Latest Knowledge
EPA Prosecution
Advised multiple entities on EPA investigations and prosecutions in the Land and Environment Court. Clients have included Multiplex Constructions, Cabonne Council, Thiess/Hochtief, Xstrata, lllawarra Coke and Coal and BHP Steel (AIS).
MORE INFORMATION
Contaminated development site
Represented a developer landowner in relation to an appeal by a former owner in respect to a management order issued by the EPA for the remediation of contaminated soil and groundwater caused by historical manufacturing operations. The appeal was resolved by the parties resulting in a voluntary remediation agreement and then the future sale and redevelopment of the property.
MORE INFORMATION
Finance
Advised the financier in respect to the Huntlee New Town project in respect to a legal challenge to the planning approval and shadowed the solicitors with conduct of the defence. Conducted due diligence for a banking syndicate on the Frasers Central development which was the largest residential development finance at the time since the GFC.
MORE INFORMATION