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New Associate - Tom Ward

The firm has recently appointed a new solicitor Tom Ward, who will join the firm as an Associate commencing 29 April.  Tom joins the firm’s local government team and comes from a role as an in‑house solicitor with the City of Sydney Council.  Tom comes with over...
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New Partner - Mark Cottom

The Partners would like to announce the promotion of Mark Cottom to partnership, commencing 1 July 2019.  Mark joined Pikes & Verekers from HWL Ebsworth in March of 2018 and since that time has become an invaluable member of the local government practice of the firm. ...
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New Senior Associate - Mark Cottom

Pikes & Verekers Lawyers are pleased to welcome new Senior Associate, Mark Cottom to the firm. Mark comes from a leading national law firm and has worked as a specialist in local government and planning law for 15 years. His main area of focus is investigation, orders, civil enforcement...
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New Partner - Joshua Palmer

We are pleased to announce Joshua Palmer will become a partner of the firm on 1 January 2018.

 Joshua is an accredited specialist in local government and planning law and acts for Councils and individuals in all classes of the Land and Environment Court.

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Occupation Certificates

James Fan, an associate of Pikes and Verekers Lawyers, attended and spoke at a seminar for the Association of Accredited Certifiers on the topic of final occupation certificates under Part 4A of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979. Up until issuing the final occupation...
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Planning Principle – Location of Brothels

The Land and Environment Court has decided that the planning principle on location of brothels in Martyn v Hornsby Shire Council should be replaced with a  new planning principle contained in Yao v Liverpool City Council. The revised planning principle is set out at paragraph 25 of the...
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Foreign resident capital gains

The Federal Government has proposed to change the foreign resident capital gains withholding rate and threshold. Currently, purchasers buying Australian real property where the contract price is $2 million or above must withhold 10% of the purchase price and provide this sum to the ATO, unless...
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