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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
Should you be checking your termination benefit approvals?
21 September 2018
A recent unreported decision of the NSW Supreme Court should have executives rushing to their lawyers to check that their entitlements on retirement or termination from office have been properly approved by shareholders. It is not enough that shareholders have been told about an executive’s termination benefits and then given some general approval to them. For termination benefits approval to be effective, requirements as to both form and substance need to be strictly observed.
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Australia - Parallel imports and exhaustion of trade mark rights
21 September 2018
The Intellectual Property Laws Amendment (Productivity Commission Response Part 1 and Other Measures) Act 2018 (Cth) (Act) was assented to on 24 August 2018. Among other changes, it amends the Copyright Act 1968 (Cth) (Copyright Act) and the Trade Marks Act 1995 (Cth) (Trade Marks Act) to clarify the circumstances in which the parallel importation of trade marked goods does not infringe a registered trade mark.
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Interim Heritage Orders - when can they be made and what effect do they have on development
21 August 2018
Landowners, developers and purchasers of property need to be aware of the increased use by many Sydney councils of their power to make an interim heritage order (IHO) over an item that the council considers may, on further inquiry or investigation, be found to be of local heritage significance, and is being or is likely to be harmed. The effect of the making of an IHO over a property can and often does restrict and limit development plans for the property.3
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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
Should you be checking your termination benefit approvals?
21 September 2018
A recent unreported decision of the NSW Supreme Court should have executives rushing to their lawyers to check that their entitlements on retirement or termination from office have been properly approved by shareholders. It is not enough that shareholders have been told about an executive’s termination benefits and then given some general approval to them. For termination benefits approval to be effective, requirements as to both form and substance need to be strictly observed.
MORE INFORMATION
Australia - Parallel imports and exhaustion of trade mark rights
21 September 2018
The Intellectual Property Laws Amendment (Productivity Commission Response Part 1 and Other Measures) Act 2018 (Cth) (Act) was assented to on 24 August 2018. Among other changes, it amends the Copyright Act 1968 (Cth) (Copyright Act) and the Trade Marks Act 1995 (Cth) (Trade Marks Act) to clarify the circumstances in which the parallel importation of trade marked goods does not infringe a registered trade mark.
MORE INFORMATION
Interim Heritage Orders - when can they be made and what effect do they have on development
21 August 2018
Landowners, developers and purchasers of property need to be aware of the increased use by many Sydney councils of their power to make an interim heritage order (IHO) over an item that the council considers may, on further inquiry or investigation, be found to be of local heritage significance, and is being or is likely to be harmed. The effect of the making of an IHO over a property can and often does restrict and limit development plans for the property.3
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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
Should you be checking your termination benefit approvals?
21 September 2018
A recent unreported decision of the NSW Supreme Court should have executives rushing to their lawyers to check that their entitlements on retirement or termination from office have been properly approved by shareholders. It is not enough that shareholders have been told about an executive’s termination benefits and then given some general approval to them. For termination benefits approval to be effective, requirements as to both form and substance need to be strictly observed.
MORE INFORMATION
Australia - Parallel imports and exhaustion of trade mark rights
21 September 2018
The Intellectual Property Laws Amendment (Productivity Commission Response Part 1 and Other Measures) Act 2018 (Cth) (Act) was assented to on 24 August 2018. Among other changes, it amends the Copyright Act 1968 (Cth) (Copyright Act) and the Trade Marks Act 1995 (Cth) (Trade Marks Act) to clarify the circumstances in which the parallel importation of trade marked goods does not infringe a registered trade mark.
MORE INFORMATION
Interim Heritage Orders - when can they be made and what effect do they have on development
21 August 2018
Landowners, developers and purchasers of property need to be aware of the increased use by many Sydney councils of their power to make an interim heritage order (IHO) over an item that the council considers may, on further inquiry or investigation, be found to be of local heritage significance, and is being or is likely to be harmed. The effect of the making of an IHO over a property can and often does restrict and limit development plans for the property.3
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5/9/2018
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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
Should you be checking your termination benefit approvals?
21 September 2018
A recent unreported decision of the NSW Supreme Court should have executives rushing to their lawyers to check that their entitlements on retirement or termination from office have been properly approved by shareholders. It is not enough that shareholders have been told about an executive’s termination benefits and then given some general approval to them. For termination benefits approval to be effective, requirements as to both form and substance need to be strictly observed.
MORE INFORMATION
Australia - Parallel imports and exhaustion of trade mark rights
21 September 2018
The Intellectual Property Laws Amendment (Productivity Commission Response Part 1 and Other Measures) Act 2018 (Cth) (Act) was assented to on 24 August 2018. Among other changes, it amends the Copyright Act 1968 (Cth) (Copyright Act) and the Trade Marks Act 1995 (Cth) (Trade Marks Act) to clarify the circumstances in which the parallel importation of trade marked goods does not infringe a registered trade mark.
MORE INFORMATION
Interim Heritage Orders - when can they be made and what effect do they have on development
21 August 2018
Landowners, developers and purchasers of property need to be aware of the increased use by many Sydney councils of their power to make an interim heritage order (IHO) over an item that the council considers may, on further inquiry or investigation, be found to be of local heritage significance, and is being or is likely to be harmed. The effect of the making of an IHO over a property can and often does restrict and limit development plans for the property.3
MORE INFORMATION