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Karen is an expert on the full range of issues relating to local government, including:

  • advising on the interpretation of a range of legislation on issues such as the exemption to pay rates, or the circumstances in which a highway may be closed;
  • preparation and certification of by-laws;
  • guidance on governance issues, both for formal council meetings and in other circumstances;
  • assistance with code of conduct matters;
  • making a “right to information” application for documents from a public authority;
  • advising on the amendment of sealed plans;
  • compulsory acquisition of land or interests in land; and
  • advising on a range of issues relating to strata titles.

Her expertise extends to all aspects of planning law and enforcement of a range of matters which arise in the local government context.

With almost 10 years’ commercial litigation in a boutique Sydney firm, Karen also has a vast experience in dispute resolution including in relation to development, such as:

  • acting for construction companies, individual builders and homeowners in relation to construction disputes;
  • making and defending steps taken pursuant to the Building and Construction Industry Security of Payments Act 2009;
  • recovering outstanding debts in the Magistrates Court of Tasmania or the Supreme Court of Tasmania;
  • advising on contractual obligations; and
  • providing background advice to assist clients to negotiate practical and pragmatic solutions to construction disputes.

Karen manages the Local Government, Planning & Development team and welcomes any questions you may have about the services we provide.