Philip joined Kott Gunning in 2014, bringing with him extensive experience in a wide range of local government issues and local government law, and property and commercial matters. Prior to his admission Philip had a career in teaching and the resources mining sector, which provided him with a broad range of experience.
Philip’s practice is predominantly in local government law and local government matters. He has acted for and advised local government clients in relation to service and commercial agreements, land use, construction contracts, roads, rates and Freedom of Information applications. Other areas of experience include:
- Statutory interpretation of the requirements and compliance of various Local Laws, Acts and Regulations, including the Local Government Act 1995, the Health Act 1911, the Waste Avoidance and Resources Recovery Act 2007, the Construction Contracts Act 2004, and the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth).
- Drafting and advising on complex contracts, including Rubbish Removal and Waste Management Contracts, Airport Management Contracts, and Road Use (Restrictive Access Vehicle Haulage) Agreements.
- Advising on Regional Local Government Agreements.
- Advising on town planning issues, including drafting town planning scheme provisions, enforcement of planning approval conditions, and appeals.
- Advising on statutory requirements and governance and compliance issues, employee misconduct, Corruption and Crime Commission investigations, and defamation.
- Drafting and advising on leases, licences, easements, land development contracts, and developer contribution agreements.
- Advising on local government amalgamations. Philip was also part of the team overseeing amalgamation of City of Geraldton and Shire of Greenough.
- Presenting legal papers to members of Regional Local Governments in relation to Councillor duties and statutory compliance, and on the Corruption and Crime Commission Act.
Law Society of Western Australia