Managing Principal Solicitor
LLB (Hons), BA

Current practice

Natasha leads the Land Acquisition, Planning and Environment team at the VGSO.  She provides expert advice and litigation services in these areas and, more generally, in the area of public and administrative law.  
 
Natasha is an energetic and client focused litigator who can expertly and efficiently handle complex and sensitive matters.  She regularly runs judicial review proceedings for a range of clients across government with a particular emphasis on proceedings arising in a planning context.  She manages the settlement and litigation of compensation claims and can appear as an advocate where required.
 
Natasha recognises that litigation is rarely the best outcome and she places particular emphasis on stakeholder management and negotiation to facilitate early resolution of disputes.
 
Natasha's advisory practice is diverse and includes advice on general administrative law matters and complex statutory construction questions.  She has advised on matters including the scope of statutory powers, proposed planning controls and amendments to the planning scheme and the construction of water legislation.  Natasha also advises and acts for acquiring authorities to ensure that they are able to deliver the land required for government projects.  She has provided specialist and definitive advice on all aspects of the land assembly process including the assessment of land acquisition and planning compensation.
 
Natasha has a natural aptitude for building strong relationships, practical problem solving and working collaboratively to deliver outcomes.  Natasha is an excellent facilitator and enthusiastically brings the right people together in the right way to deliver better outcomes for the State.
 

Experience

Natasha has managed major litigation for departments, bodies and Ministers across government in jurisdictions including the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal, the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeal.  She has had the carriage of high profile and significant judicial review proceedings in the Supreme Court in relation to matters such as the East West link, duck hunting approvals, planning controls applying to the Corkman Hotel and land assembly powers.  Natasha has also managed major Supreme Court litigation regarding the assessment of site value of a significant portion of the Port of Melbourne.
 
Natasha is passionate about staff development for clients.  She has developed and delivered comprehensive and tailored training programs for government bodies, including a five session program to a major acquiring authority on land assembly laws and planning compensation.
 

Memberships and professional associations

  • Law Institute of Victoria
  • Victorian Planning and Environmental Law Association
  • Valuation, Compensation and Planning Users' Group of the Supreme Court
  • Victorian Women Lawyers