Case note: compensation for land injuriously affected by a planning scheme

The recent High Court decision in Western Australian Planning Commission v Southregal Pty Ltd; Western Australian Planning Commission v Leith [2017] HCA 7 has emphasised the importance for both landowners and purchasers to undertake their due diligence prior to the acquisition or sale of land. Four of the five justices of the High Court held…

Drone Intrusion Part 2: They are watching

By Paul Fletcher. Part 1 dealt with the tort of trespass and asked “does hovering a drone 30 metres above private property, with the drone equipped with a camera being used to observe/record persons on the land below, involve a breach of an individual’s right to privacy?”. The issues include: What, in Australia, is the…

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Diary of a Commercial Lawyer Part 1 – The Pitfalls of Oral Contracts

7th November 2018

Reflecting on some 35 years of experience as a commercial lawyer, one thing in particular stands out: variety.  The extraordinary scope of the issues presented by clients to resolve. Apart from the fact there is nothing better than variety to keep your daily job interesting, 35 years of variables presented to you to deal with... read more

The SAT – reluctant interstate traveller

7th September 2018

Since its inauguration in 2005, the jurisdiction of the State Administrative Tribunal in Western Australia (SAT) has expanded exponentially to include more than 154 pieces of statutory legislation. The appeal of the SAT as a less complex, more informal, less procedurally stringent and expedited manner of dispute resolution has gained momentum and traction among the... read more

Planning approval conditions – are they valid?

24th August 2018

The recent decision of Deputy President, Judge Parry, of the State Administrative Tribunal in Prosser v City of Bunbury [2018] WASAT 41 reminds us of the importance for developers to scrutinise the planning approval conditions imposed, as one or more of the conditions may be unlawful. Local Government may impose various types of planning approval... read more