Best Hooper’s areas of expertise encompass planning and local government law, commercial and corporation law, dispute resolution and the legal aspects of property development.
The synergies we derive from these core 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 comparatively cost effective fee structures.
Ian Pitt QC retired from his role as senior partner in 2006 and has remained with the firm as Special Counsel. Our planning lawyers, Serena Armstrong, Panos Nickas, Joel Snyder, Lucy Eastoe, Emily Marson and Edward Mahony provide support to the partners and also conduct their own matters.
Our presence and pre-eminent reputation in the town planning jurisdiction now dates back several decades. In 2015, Best Hooper was recognised as a First Tier leading planning law firm in Melbourne by Doyle's Guide.
We provide advice to developers, local councils and individuals on all aspects of town planning and local government law, including the preparation of planning permit applications, section 173 agreements, applications for enforcement orders and prosecutions, liquor licensing, amendments to planning schemes and environmental planning law.
Our lawyers appear regularly as advocates in Panel Hearings and in both the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal and the Supreme Court.
We also provide advice in relation to the interpretation, enforceability and variation or removal of restrictive covenants, the creation and removal of easements, land acquisition and compensation, and appeals against valuations in rates notices and land tax notices.
Our lawyers are also experienced in advising on Growth Areas Infrastructure Contribution (GAIC), which is a new taxation scheme affecting many properties in developing areas of Victoria.
John Cicero has also been the president of the Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA).
Simon Raleigh is a member of the Property Law Section of the Law Institute of Victoria. His areas of expertise include sales and purchases of real estate, land subdivision and property development, real estate leases and licences, company mergers and acquisitions, sale and purchase of businesses, finance and securities and partnerships and trusts.
Jim Robinson, Andrew Kaspen, Matthew Francke and Rose Maina make up the dispute resolution team.
Our primary areas of focus include corporations disputes, building disputes, trade practices claims, contractual disputes, will disputes, partnership disputes, property disputes such as encroachment claims, adverse possession claims, trespass and easement disputes, administrative law, bankruptcy and insolvency matters, and professional and personal negligence claims.
We conduct matters in both superior and lower court jurisdictions, the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal and on behalf of statutory authorities at disciplinary enquiries.
In addition, Jim Robinson is a member of the Administrative Law, Health Law, Mediation and Tort Law Commissions of the International of Association of Lawyers (UIA). He is an office bearer of UIA, and was a member of the Governing Board between 2000 and 2008.
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The partners at Best Hooper believe the firm is strategically positioned to offer a unique range of services to our clients, and to strengthen its reputation as one of the most recognised boutique firms in Melbourne for its accessibility and the delivery of timely and accurate legal advice.
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Best Hooper, Melbourne, Australia