“[At Hall & Wilcox] ‘strong negotiator and pragmatic problem solver’ Natalie Bannister ‘impresses with her deep expertise, particularly in planning and transactional matters’.” Asia Pacific Legal 500 2016
“Natalie is an exceptional lawyer, always commercially-focused and considers the impact of every decision on the business.” – Lotte Hoekstra, AECOM
Natalie leads our Property & Projects team – a full-service practice covering all areas of property, including acquisitions and sales, development approvals and documentation, planning and environmental advice, and property disputes.
Natalie has close to 20 years’ experience in property, planning and environment law and has been recognised as a leading Australian lawyer in this area in Doyles’ Guide to the Australian Legal Profession. She has also been recognised in the Best Lawyers in Australia peer review in real property and is a Finalist at the 2016 Lawyers Weekly Partner of the Year Awards in real estate and was a Finalist for Partner of the Year at the 2014 Australian Law Awards.
Natalie acts primarily for institutional clients, utility providers, property developers and large companies. Her experience includes property due diligence, sales and acquisitions; commercial and retail leasing including managing national property portfolios; land contamination including compliance, risk allocation and liability, management and clean-up; obtaining development approvals; planning advice and compliance (including in respect of Aboriginal and European Heritage, native vegetation, traffic, noise, flooding and water quality impacts); rates and land tax objections; compulsory acquisition of land and compensation and property disputes and advice about easements, rights of way and adverse possession.
She regularly acts as an advocate before VCAT and at planning panel hearings.
Natalie is customer-service focused and is constantly evolving and improving the way she delivers legal services to make it as easy as possible for clients to do business with her. Natalie takes an innovative approach to pricing, using fixed fees and other alternative fee arrangements to deliver price certainty and value for money. Natalie is responsive to clients and always does what she says she will do.
Natalie is a passionate about supporting women to progress in business, and she co-founded the Professional Environmental Women’s Association (PEWA) in 2013.