|Patrick is a specialist planning and local government lawyer, focussing on planning appeals and advice, local government governance and regulatory compliance.
He acts predominately for local governments, but also private clients including developers and other proponents, as well as State Government departments.
Patrick acts in all manner of planning appeals and has been involved in a number of seminal cases in the Planning and Environment Court of Queensland. He also regularly advises on the Local Government Act 2009 (Qld) and other Acts that impact local governments, their officers and Councillors, including in relation to conflicts of interest and regulatory compliance.
Acting for the successful Applicant in the precedent setting case of Room2Move.com Pty Ltd v Western Downs Regional Council, establishing how extension applications are to be determined under the Planning Act.
Caravan Parks Association of Queensland Ltd
Securing enforcement orders as a consequence of development offences committed by Rockhampton Regional Council in failing to comply with its own planning scheme arising from unregulated and unauthorised caravan parking.
Reaching a successful mediated outcome to facilitate the resolution of an appeal against the approval of a 14 storey residential tower at Palm Beach on the Gold Coast.
Cairns Regional Council
Advising on ongoing governance issues.
Local Government Councillors and Officers
Advising about conflict of interest issues under the Local Government Act, including responding to the Office of the Independent Assessor and the Crime and Corruption Commission.