Planning Lawyer - Environment and Planning

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Job Number: 966119
Work type: Permanent
Location: Melbourne
Categories: Lawyer, Melbourne


MinterEllison is an international law firm, headquartered in Australia and regarded as one of Asia-Pacific's premier law firms. Our teams collaborate across Australia, New Zealand, Asia and the UK to deliver exceptional service.

We have a clear goal – to be our clients' best partner. We put the client at the centre of everything we do and partner with them to delivery truly innovative solutions.

We also think beyond the law, offering clients advisers who are multi-disciplinary and industry-facing to help them achieve strategic goals, grasp business opportunities and create value for their stakeholders.


Our Melbourne Planning team is headed up by Phil Bisset, who is recognised as a town planning and property development expert and a qualified town planner. Phil's combination of legal qualifications and town planning experience enables him to work seamlessly with a diverse range of expert consultants and bring a unique perspective on complex planning cases.

As a member of our Planning team you will be working for the Firm's major clients across a range of both public and private projects in the areas of infrastructure, mining and resources, heavy industry, manufacturing, retail, commercial and residential.


A great opportunity currently exists for a Lawyer to join our Melbourne team. Your varied role will involve front end advisory work on planning matters, including on current major transactions.  At the back end, there will be litigation of planning matters.

In more detail, the role will include the provision of strategic advice planning scheme amendments, project approvals, strategy for complex infrastructure and urban development projects, compulsory acquisitions and submissions to and participation in Panel hearings and Committees. You will also have the opportunity to advise on a range of issues, including cultural heritage.

On the litigious front you will be involved in the preparation of hearings and have the opportunity to appear in VCAT from time to time. You will also be responsible for briefing and liaising with clients, counsel, consultants and expert witnesses. 


As a member of our busy team we expect that you will be able to work both collaboratively and with a degree of autonomy. You will;

  • Have good file and time management skills
  • Enjoy working with the broader Real Estate team to build and sustain existing client relationships.
  • Be a key support for the partners and senior members of the team and be responsible for coordinating inputs into due diligences and general advice pieces undertaken by other practice groups.
  • Collaborate to deliver innovative solutions and ensure the best outcome is achieved for the client
  • Continually contribute to the growth and success of the firm
  • Inspire others through their commitment to personal growth, innovation and the delivery of exceptional results.


Our diverse and talented teams enjoy a culture of collaboration, innovation and inspiring others.  We are committed to your career development by leveraging the unique strengths you bring to the team and building your capabilities and business acumen to take you to the next level faster.

We care about ensuring you balance your professional goals with your commitments and interests outside of work, and provide a wide range of social, financial and health benefits to support your wellbeing.  Our internal support teams are second to none and will help you perform at your best each day.


We prefer to deal with your directly so please submit your CV, cover letter and academic transcripts for consideration by clicking on the 'Apply' button below. If you would like further information please contact Sandra D'Souza on 61 8 6189 7839 for a confidential discussion.

Please note that applications from agencies will not be considered at this time. To be eligible to apply for this role you must be legally permitted to work in Australia.

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