About Us

Our presence and pre-eminent reputation as one of Australia’s oldest law firms dates back to 1886. Our future is led by the principles and values from our formative years, which continue to evolve the practice today under the assured guidance of our partners and lawyers.

A Recognised Leader

Best Hooper is recognised as a leader in the core areas of practice including local government and town planning law, commercial and property law, and dispute resolution.

We’re different because of our approach. We pride ourselves on creating synergies from our core areas of practices, due to our long-standing experience across all areas of planning and property.

Our clients are at the heart of what we do. Our structure as a boutique firm means we think big with a small practice feel; always accessible and available. We offer legal services in a timely and efficient manner along with fee structures that are transparent, easy to understand and comparatively cost effective.

Our partners and lawyers are regularly part of major law reform in Australia and advise on significant infrastructure and land development matters as experts in each discipline.


In 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 Best Hooper has been rated as a Town Planning and Development Law Firm in Melbourne by Doyle’s Guide.

In 2018, Best Hooper lawyers John Cicero (Principal), Ian Pitt QC (Special Counsel), Dominic Scally (Principal), Tania Cincotta (Principal) and Teresa Bisucci (Principal) were each recognised in the 10th Edition of the ‘Best Lawyers in Australia’ list. The 5 lawyers were recognised for their outstanding work in Planning and Environment Law.



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 regulations; and
  • Amendments to planning schemes and environmental planning law.

We regularly represent and provide advice on infrastructure and land development matters for landowners in urban and rural Victoria. 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 appear regularly as advocates in Panel Hearings and in both the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal and the Supreme Court.

Our planning team includes Ian Pitt QC; a pre-eminent advocate in town planning and local government law who acts as Best Hooper’s Special Counsel.


We offer advice on a number of matters relating to:

  • 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.

Our team includes Simon Raleigh, a member of the Property Law Section of the Law Institute of Victoria, together with Giancarlo Romano.


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.

We also have experienced lawyers that will assist in relation to a compulsory acquisition under the Melbourne Metro Rail Project.

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.