Best Hooper’s industry-wide experience has helped us create a competitive advantage in developing a quasi-project management advisory and legal role in assisting landowners and developers in project delivery.

We assist clients in all stages of developing land projects including in greenfield and brownfield areas. Our firm’s structure means that a client can remain with the same project team throughout the lifecycle without being restrained by an area of practice that they would otherwise experience in other law firms.

Planning Schemes

Our lawyers often advise and represent clients in relation to planning scheme amendments, and developing within the constraints of a planning scheme or incorporated documents. We are one of the few Melbourne-based law firms that regularly appear at Planning Panels Victoria for planning scheme amendments including precinct structure plans, development plans and contribution plans.

Infrastructure Delivery

Developers often require collaboration with adjoining owners or various authorities for facilitate the delivery of project infrastructure, including the negotiation and preparation of construction, infrastructure or access deeds. Our experience gives our clients an advantage in understanding the process, including likely requirements for councils and public authorities, to ensure completeness in any collaborative arrangements.

Public Authorities

We have experience in dealing with all types of public authorities in facilitating delivery and connection of public infrastructure such as water and sewerage.

Construction Law

Best Hooper represents owners and developers at all stages of engagement with a builder including contract preparation, due diligence during the build, insurance claims and rectification of defects.

John Cicero


Town planning law, Property development, Restrictive covenants, Land acquisition and compensation, Growth Areas Infrastructure Contribution (GAIC), Local government law, Environmental planning law.

Joel Snyder

Managing Principal

Infrastructure, Building Disputes, Land Acquisition and Compensation, Property Transactions, Growth Areas Infrastructure Contribution (GAIC)

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