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Amanda Johns, Thomson Geer

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Amanda is an Accredited Specialist in environmental, planning, and local government law. Her areas of expertise include planning law, environmental law, heritage law, local government law, administrative law, and property development.

She has extensive experience in town planning issues including due diligence advice, negotiations with stakeholders, applications for planning permits, re-zonings, VCAT hearings, panel hearings, section 173 agreements, Supreme Court appeals, coordination of expert consultants, and enforcement issues. She also advises with respect to contaminated land and clean-up issues in the context of environmental approvals for developments.

Amanda also has experience as in-house Counsel for Austexx, a property development company. In this role Amanda led the development approval process from due diligence to post construction for various retail and commercial developments involving planning, environmental, and heritage issues and litigation across Australia.

Amanda was a member of the Heritage Council of Victoria for 9 years, chairing various committees, including registration and permit hearing committees.

Amanda has been recognised by her peers in Best Lawyers in Australia in the areas of Planning and Environment Law and Real Property Law (2017) and in Doyle’s Guide (2013, 2015) as a leading lawyer in the Victorian planning and environment legal market.

Recent experience includes:

  • Advising in relation to the development approval process for the Direct Factory Outlet and Homemaker Hub businesses involving litigation against various shopping centre interests in various jurisdictions along the east coast.
  • Advising in relation to a significant VCAT decision regarding a wind farm near Seymour, involving submissions regarding alleged health impacts.
  • Advising the owner of the Chirnside Park Shopping Centre regarding the redevelopment of that site, involving negotiation with relevant authorities and stakeholders and VCAT proceedings.