Joshua has extensive experience in local government and planning and environmental law, regularly acting and appearing for local government, private developers and accredited certifier clients in both Class 1 and Class 4 of the Land and Environment Court’s jurisdiction.
His experience appearing for and advising parties on all sides of local government, planning and development issues enables Joshua to adopt a whole-of-matter approach that allows for creative yet simple solutions to complex problems.
Joshua is an important part of Pikes & Verekers' Planning & Environment team and also works closely with local government clients. Joshua’s whole-of-matter approach also sees him work closely with property specialist, Kim Probert, and strata title, certification and building contract expert, Brian Walton. He regularly assists and advises other solicitors within the firm on local government and planning matters integral to their contractual, property or general litigation matters, ensuring that Pikes & Verekers is able to at all times provide a holistic service to clients of the firm.
Joshua enjoys applying an intellectually rigorous approach and a thorough analysis to all problems to work towards outcomes that are specifically adapted to his clients' objectives.
Despite revelling in the thrill of litigation, Joshua appreciates that for clients, litigation is something best avoided where possible and finds no greater satisfaction than providing the right advice at the right time to satisfy potential opponents, avoiding conflict and achieving beneficial outcomes for all concerned.
Joshua is an excellent communicator, regularly advising on a wide array of environmental and planning matters from construction and interpretation of planning instruments and Development Control Plans, existing use rights, development contributions, construction of development consents and commencement of development and the matters upon which certifiers must be satisfied before issuing certificates.
His advice is detailed and thorough, yet clear and to the point.
Joshua’s thorough understanding of all aspects of local government and planning and environmental law allows for creative legal solutions to otherwise intractable problems.
Joshua also has extensive experience in significant development applications including Part 3A approvals, planning proposals and development benefited by voluntary planning agreements.