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Lindsay Taylor Lawyers has a premier New South Wales local government law practice.

We provide specialist high quality legal services to a large number of metropolitan, regional, rural and coastal councils throughout the State.

Our legal services to councils include the full range of services relating to planning and development, environment and ecologically sustainable development.

In addition, our senior lawyers have extensive experience and expertise providing legal services to councils in the following areas:

  • the powers and duties of the council under the Local Government Act 1993 and other legislation
  • the roles and responsibilities of the mayor, councillors, the general manager and staff under the Local Government Act 1993
  • probity, governance and administration issues
  • meeting procedures of the council and its committees
  • applications and reviews of decisions under the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009
  • the training of Councillors and Council staff on a wide variety of issues
  • delegations
  • rates, charges and fees
  • management plans, accounting, auditing and reporting
  • the Model Code of Conduct and pecuniary interest issues
  • misconduct, suspension and dismissal of councillors from civic office
  • referrals to the Ombudsman, the Department of Local Government, the Pecuniary Interest Tribunal, the Independent Commission Against Corruption and other investigative bodies
  • elections, voting and campaign donations
  • employment law issues including contracts of employment for the general manager and senior staff
  • tendering and procurement
  • trade practices, fair trading issues, and competition issues affecting council businesses
  • public-private partnerships, joint ventures and the like
  • land transactions and development of council-owned land
  • classification and reclassification of public land
  • local approvals and local orders
  • valuation of land
  • compulsory acquisition and just terms compensation
  • issues relating to public roads, public reserves, Crown Land and the like
  • powers of entry onto land

Our lawyers have extensive experience and expertise advising on a range of legislation affecting local councils including:

  • Local Government Act 1993
  • Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009
  • Freedom of Information Act 1989
  • Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1998
  • Protected Disclosures Act 1994
  • Ombudsman Act
  • Independent Commission Against Corruption Act 1989
  • Trade Practices Act 1974 (Cth)
  • Fair Trading Act 1987
  • Roads Act 1993
  • Crown Lands Act 1989
  • Water Management Act 2000
  • Valuation of Land Act 1916
  • Land Acquisition (Just Terms Compensation) Act 1991
  • Encroachment of Buildings Act 1922
  • Access to Neighbouring Land Act 2000
  • Trees (Disputes Between Neighbours) Act 2006
  • Swimming Pools Act 1992

For further information about our local government expertise or information on how we are able to help you achieve your desired outcomes, please contact Dr Lindsay Taylor or Stuart Simington on 02 8235 9700 or mail@lindsaytaylorlawyers.com.au