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Hickey Lawyers expands Planning and Environment capabilities

Tuesday, 3 July 2018

Leading Gold Coast law firm, Hickey Lawyers, has announced the expansion of its specialised Planning and Environment division with the appointment of Antony Knox as Special Counsel.

Bringing more than 28 years of experience to the role, Mr Knox has worked extensively with all levels of government and a range of developers during his significant career.

Head of the Planning and Environment division, partner Damien Hodgson, said Mr Knox brings a wealth of experience to Hickey Lawyers.

"Antony has been in the specialised field of Planning and Environment for more than 25 years and brings to Hickey Lawyers a great depth of knowledge and experience for us to tap into", Mr Hodgson said.

"The amalgamation of our expertise will see Hickey Lawyers placed as a pre-eminent Planning and Environment practice on the Gold Coast, positioning us to continue offering the very best of these services to our clients.

Our team at Hickey Lawyers has been acting in the Planning and Environment space for more than 20 years and Mr Knox and myself are eager to bring together our expertise to offer our clients an even broader range of experience and comprehensive knowledge."

Mr Knox concurs and shares his colleague's enthusiasm about his appointment in this new role and the firm's offering.

"In addition to the existing infrastructure and intellectual property expertise at Hickey Lawyers, I am excited about the opportunity to join a specialist team in this practice area", Mr Knox said.

"As a resident of the Gold Coast City since 1993, I have acted on behalf of local, state and commonwealth government departments as well as small scale to multi-national developers."

Mr Knox boasts a long and illustrious specialised legal career with established credibility on the Gold Coast, where he is well-known for his involvement in a wide range of matters within the Planning and Environment landscape.

His expertise includes appeals, applications, planning scheme amendments, applications and appeals with the Queensland Court of Appeal and High Court of Australia, as well as numerous planning law advices.

Since 1993, Hickey Lawyers has acted for a wide range of property development clients involved in all kinds of projects involving different complexities, throughout Queensland and elsewhere", Mr Hodgson said.

Mr Hodgson is well recognised within the sector for his extensive experience in all aspects of the development and legislative approval and regulatory processes, including appeals and other proceedings before the Planning and Environment Court and the Court of Appeal.

Interesting and recently profiled case examples showcase Hickey Lawyers' capabilities in Planning and Environment matters and demonstrate the broad range of experience the team is able to provide for clients.

In Hungtat Worldwide Pty Ltd v Chief Executive of the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection, Hickey Lawyers was successful in the Court accepting that a clean-up notice issued by the Department to their client regarding a soil contamination incident was in fact the result of a natural process and was not caused or permitted by the client. This case was pioneering in that it was the first of its kind which has tested the limits of the Department's power.

In United Petroleum Pty Ltd v Gold Coast City Council and Roberts, the Hickey Lawyers team acted for land owner Edwina Roberts in resisting an approval of a proposed petrol station adjacent to her residence. The Court dismissed an appeal by United Petroleum against the Council's refusal of its development application for the proposed petrol station and found that the visual impact of the proposal on the client's property was unacceptable.

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