Julie Walsh - a Sydney, NSW Partner

Pikes & Verekers Lawyers

02 9262 6175
Areas of Practice:

  • Local government law
  • Planning law
  • Environmental law
  • Property law
  • Valuation and compulsory acquisitions
  • Administrative law
Academic Qualifications:

  • BA 1981, University of Sydney
  • LLB 1981, University of Sydney
  • Master of Environmental Law 1998, University of Sydney
Admission Details:

  • New South Wales 1981
Career Highlights:

Julie has been involved in a number of significant cases including:

  • Brimbella Pty Limited v Mosman Municipal Council 79 LGERA 367 – manner of approaching s56A appeals against decisions of Assessors of the Land and Environment Court (Court of Appeal).
  • Ryde City Council ats Friends of Pryor Park 91 LGERA 302 – consideration of community land provisions of Local Government Act 1993 (Court of Appeal).
  • Belongil Progress Association Inc. v Byron Shire Council 106 LGERA 202 – challenge to the validity of a Local Environmental Plan (Land and Environment Court).
  • Ryde City Council ats Echt 107 LGERA 317 – administrative law – whether a council can be required to issue an order under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (Court of Appeal).
  • Ryde City Council ats Meriton Apartments 108 LGERA 352 – s56A appeal – failure of Commissioner to take into account a relevant matter for consideration (Land and Environment Court).
  • Mosman Municipal Council ats Lesnewski 138 LGERA 207 – consideration of whether section 101 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 precludes a challenge to the validity of a development consent; consideration of 'not inconsistent' in relation to Construction Certificates and Regulation 145 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulations (Court of Appeal).
  • Leichhardt Municipal Council ats Bezzina Developers Pty Limited 146 LGERA 249 – assessment of compensation for disturbance arising out of compulsory acquisition of waterfront open space land at Balmain by Leichhardt Council (Land and Environment Court).
  • Sutherland Shire Council v Sydney Water Corporation [2008] NSWLEC 303 – assessment of compensation for compulsory acquisition of Council community land zoned open space (Land and Environment Court).
  • City of Botany Bay v NSW Land and Housing Corporation [2010] NSWLEC 160 – challenge to approval granted by NSW Department of Housing to an affordable housing development under SEPP (Affordable Rental Housing) 2009. 
Professional Memberships:

  • Australian Property Institute (FAPI)
  • Environmental Planning Law Association Inc.
  • New South Wales National Trust of Australia
Recent Publications and Presentations:

  • "Planning Certificates – what they tell you and what they don't" – presentation to the College of Law in 2013 and 2014.
  • "A Short Introduction to Planning Law" – presentation to NSW Division of Australian Property Institute in 2010.
  • "Valuation of Easements" – presentation to NSW Division of Australian Property Institute in 2012.
  • Julie is responsible for the preparation of the Pikes and Verekers "Legal Update".
Employment History:

  • 2012 - current: Partner, Pikes and Verekers Lawyers
  • 2001 - 2012:  Partner, Pikes Lawyers
  • 1986 - 2001:  Partner, Hill Thomson & Sullivan
  • 1984 - 1986:  Solicitor, Hill Thomson & Sullivan
  • 1983 - 1984:  In-house Solicitor, Blue Mountains City Council


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