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Murray McCutcheon AMConsultant

Murray McCutcheon AM

Murray's principal area of expertise is property, planning, environment, local government, native title and Crown land law.

Murray acts and has acted in complex and successful appeals at the Victoria Civil and Administrative Tribunal, rezoning panel hearings and environmental effects enquiries for authorities, proponents and objectors. Murray's planning and local government expertise includes the interpretation of planning schemes, statutory interpretation, advice regarding development rights and development approval processes, planning scheme amendments, Section 173 agreements, compensation claims for the acquisition of land for a range of public purposes and for financial loss arising in compensable circumstances under planning legislation. He has prepared submissions to government on various aspects of environmental law, and in particular, development approvals processes. Murray has also acted in a number of matters involving development agreements, subdivisions, options to purchase, development contributions under the Subdivisions Act 1988 and the development and use of Crown land.

Murray advises local government and statutory authorities on a range of property, planning, environmental, and contractual matters. Murray provides his advice in a practical manner, directed to the audience it is intended for, within the applicable legislative, administrative and political framework, and in clear English with definitive answers and recommendations.


He regularly lectures and chairs seminars on law topics for clients, industry groups and other lawyers. He holds certificates of appreciation from Melbourne University Faculty of Building and Planning and Leo Cussen Institute. Murray was awarded a Certificate of Service by the Law Institute of Victoria in 2005. In 2012 he was awarded a certificate of appreciation for outstanding and extraordinary contribution to the Law Council of Australia particularly through his dedicated commitment to the advancement of property laws and procedures at a national level.

A senior member of the Law Institute of Victoria's specialist Property Law, Planning & Local Government Law committees, Murray was also a member of the inaugural assessment committee for accreditation of planning and environment law specialists. Murray is the immediate past chair of the Law Council of Australia's Australian Property Law Group and past chair of the Legal Practise Section. He was the inaugural chair of the Property Law Reform Alliance. He is presently a member of both the Law Council of Australia and Law Institute of Victoria’s Electronic Conveyancing committees and inaugural chair of the Electronic Conveyancing Group representing the Australian Bankers Association, Australian Institute of Conveyancers and the Law Council of Australia.

On Australia Day 2015 Murray was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia  for significant service to property and commercial law, particularly to national reform initiatives, and to legal professional bodies.

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Areas of practice
  • Commercial Property
  • Property Development including Local Government, Planning and Environment
  • Crown and Native Title 
  • Bachelor of Laws, University of Melbourne
  • Law Institute of Victoria service award 2005 
  • Certificate of Appreciation for contribution to the Department of Sustainability and Environment seminar celebrating 150 years of Torrens title in Victoria 1862 - 2012 and a Certificate of Appreciation from the Law Council of Australia in 2012
    • Law Council of Australia
    • Law Institute of Victoria
    • Inaugural chair of the Property Law Reform Alliance
    • Member Victorian Planning and Environment Law Association
    • Associate Member Law Society of New South Wales
    • A member of the Solicitors Board
    • Attorney General's Committee on the Licensing of State Information
    • Inaugural and current Chair of the Electronic Conveyancing Group whose members are the Law Council of Australia, Australian Institute of Conveyancers and the Australian Bankers Association. The role of the ECG is to jointly and nationally represent the legal profession, the conveyancing profession and the major financiers with the development of electronic property title transactions
  • Author of  "Conveyancing: a Guide for Practitioners" publish by the Law Institute of Victoria
  • Author of Purchase Procedure File Covers and Sale Procedure File Covers publish by the Law Institute of Victoria  [The file covers are a means of systemized conveyancing and checklists to increase efficiency and prevent claims]
  • Precedents Editor of Butterworth’s Australian Property Law Journal
  • Co author of Requisitions on Title published by the Law Institute of Victoria
  • Chair’s column in the Australian Property Law Group quarterly publication
  • Client Identity in the National Electronic Conveyancing System in the Australian Property Law Group quarterly newsletter
  • Property Law for Builders lectures for Melbourne University
  • Presenter and author of numerous video seminars on Victorian Law topics for Business Law Education Centre.
  • IT Integrated Systems Contracts for IES Seminars
  • Part-time lecturer Business Law Education Centre, Leo Cussen Institute, Lexis Nexus Conferences and IES Conferences
  • Numerous lectures on property topics such as Land Contamination in Victoria, Land Contamination in NSW, Realising Contaminated Land for Financiers, General Law Land,  Survival Revival and Extinguishment of Native Title, Basics of Property Law and the former Queensland prohibition on land purchases by foreigners regime and its comparison with the Commonwealth regime.
  • Law Institute Journal article on agricultural land contamination
  • Law Institute Journal article "Farewell to Paper – Electronic Conveyancing to go National", October 2013
  • Hosting the Singapore eConveyancing Feasibility Study Delegation November 2010
  • Guest of the South Australian Titles Office to the 150th anniversary celebrations in Adelaide in 2008 of the first Torrens Title System in the world
  • Former honorary solicitor and life member Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron
  • Member of the board of governance and the executive Wesley Mission Victoria
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