Welcome to Best Hooper Lawyers

Best Hooper is a Melbourne based boutique law firm practicing in a range of areas including local government and town planning law, property, commercial and corporations law and dispute resolution. In 2015, Best Hooper was rated as a First Tier Leading Planning Law Firm by Doyle's Guide.

As one of Melbourne's oldest law firms with a history dating back to 1886, we have built a solid reputation and provide experienced legal services to a variety of clients.

We offer advice and represent clients in a range of areas including town planning law, land acquisition and compensation, environmental planning law, restrictive covenants and property disputes as well as gaming and liquor licensing regulations in Melbourne.

The synergies we derive from these areas of practice, together with our structure as a boutique firm, enable our practitioners to remain accessible to our clients and offer timely and efficient legal services with a cost effective fee structure.

We have experienced lawyers that will assist in relation to a compulsory acquisition under the Melbourne Metro Rail Project. Please contact Matthew Francke or Joel Snyder to arrange an initial consultation.

Legal Services

Our teams offer advice and representation amongst the following areas:

  • Land acquisition and compensation – We are experienced in all land acquisition and compensation issues and have acted for many claimants in a variety of claims. Our experience will assist in responding to proposed acquisitions and claims for compensation pursuant to the Melbourne Metro Rail Project.
  • Growth Area Infrastructure Contribution (GAIC) - The GAIC scheme came into effect in Victoria in July 2010 and affects all land bought within an urban growth boundary. We can provide general or specific advice on liability and applications to the Growth Areas Authority (GAA) or the State Revenue Office (SRO) under the Planning and Environment Act 1987.
  • Liquor Licencing – Our firm offers advice on all steps in liquor license applications and has legal practitioners that regularly advocate for clients before the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation (VCGLR), Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) and in the courts in both disciplines
  • Gaming law - Our firm regularly appears at the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation (VCGLR) and Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) in relation to gaming related matters for both councils and applicants.
  • Building disputes – Our legal practitioners regularly represent clients at the Building Appeals Board, Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) and in the courts, whether by instructing counsel or as a solicitor advocate. We also offer assistance with building disputes involving either residential or commercial building and construction projects.
  • Commercial litigation – We assist in all processes involved in commercial litigation including pre-litigation advice, negotiations, mediations and court and tribunal appearances.
  • Property law and related litigation – Whichever context a property dispute arises in, we are equipped to assist. Property issues may include adverse possession, easements, restrictive covenants and boundary and fencing disputes.
  • Property transactions - As conveyancing solicitors based in Melbourne, we can assist with all stages involved in purchasing or selling a property. This includes pre-contractual advice, preparation or review of contracts and vendor's statements and conveyancing.
  • Personal and corporate insolvency – We provide advice to both debtors and creditors in areas including administration, receivership and liquidation and bankruptcy.
  • Administrative law – We advise on reviewing a decision of a public authority together with requests under the Freedom of Information regimes.
  • Alternative dispute resolution –These are procedures outside contested hearings in State and Federal courts and tribunals and include direct negotiations, mediations, arbitrations and conciliations.
  • Companies and trusts – We offer advice on the legal effects of different businesses structures. We also have experience in advising on and establishing unit, hybrid and discretionary trusts.
  • Leases and licences - We act for and provide advice to individual and corporate landlords and tenants.
  • Wills, probate and estate administration – Our firm has experience in all areas of law involved in preparing Wills and in the distribution of assets after a person has died.
  • Finance and securities – We provide strategic advice in relation to an extensive range of financial products including property and asset finance.

Arrange a Consultation

Contact Best Hooper today to speak to our experienced Melbourne lawyers about town planning law, land acquisition and compensation, environmental planning law, restrictive covenants or other property matters, commercial litigation or any of our other service areas.