Kott Gunning’s Government, Planning & Environment team is one of the most experienced in Western Australia, having been working with metropolitan and regional local governments (and before that, Roads Boards) since the inception of the firm more than 100 years ago.

This depth of experience means that our Government, Planning & Environment team have an acute understanding and insight into the business of government and how this differs from the private sector. We have worked with government agencies at all levels, and work alongside many departments, agencies, statutory authorities, statutory corporations and local authorities.

Our lawyers regularly appear in the State Administrative Tribunal, Magistrates, District and Supreme Courts.

Local Government

Kott Gunning is a preferred legal supplier on the Western Australian Local Government Association (WALGA) panel and has been since the panel was established. Being on a number of State Government Panels, we also advise state government departments and authorities and private sector organisations that work closely with government.

Our Government, Planning & Environment team understand the commercial, policy and practical considerations that impact on government projects and provide a full range of services in commercial and litigation matters including:

  • Amalgamation, boundary changes and structural reforms
  • Administrative law
  • Asbestos related litigation and advice
  • Asset sales, corporatisation and privatisation
  • Building & construction law
  • Clearing of vegetation
  • Compulsory land acquisition
  • Contaminated sites
  • Corporate, commercial and finance law
  • Contract drafting, review and negotiation
  • Councillor conduct
  • Conveyancing and settlements
  • Coronial inquiries
  • Drafting of local laws
  • Defamation
  • Employment law
  • Food Act matters
  • Funding agreements and grants
  • Freedom of information
  • Governance
  • Heritage
  • Intellectual property
  • Infrastructure projects
  • Infrastructure development and Public Private Partnerships (PPPs)
  • Judicial review and merits review
  • Native title
  • Occupiers Liability
  • Planning law
  • Privacy
  • Probity and governance
  • Property sales and acquisitions, leasing and licencing
  • Prosecutions and enforcement
  • Public Health matters
  • Public sector litigation and dispute resolution
  • Roads
  • Rates
  • State Administrative Tribunal representation and advice
  • Statutory interpretation
  • Tendering and procurement

Planning & Environment

Our team have significant experience working with local government, major planning authorities and the private sector to provide advice and legal representation on:

  • Environmental issues
  • Regulatory matters
  • Environmental impact assessment processes
  • Contaminated land
  • Environmental degradation
  • Environmental due diligence
  • Planning approval and determination processes

Our team offer a sound knowledge of all Federal and State environmental legislation and policies.