One of our most highly commended lawyers, Maureen brings her clients extensive experience in environmental law covering development, planning appeals, compulsory acquisitions, compliance and contamination.
As a Senior Consultant, Maureen advises and represents government, corporate and community organisations in relation to development projects, planning appeals, compulsory acquisitions, compliance and contamination matters.
Maureen was a partner at Hunt & Hunt from 2003 to 2019 and was Chairman of the Board for five years between 2006 and 2011.
Maureen’s experience includes:
- Acting for NSW Government departments and agencies on compulsory acquisitions for infrastructure projects including South West Rail Link and North West Rail Link, Sydney Parklands and Open Space
- Acting for developers in an advisory capacity and in planning appeals before the court
- Acting for operators in the waste industry on compliance issues relating to the law and contamination.
Highlights of Maureen’s career include:
- In 2004, Maureen re-established the Australian Environment & Planning Committee of the Legal Practice Section, Law Council of Australia.
- In 2005, she established the Australian Young Environmental Lawyer of the year award. This is now an established annual award, and the name has changed to the “Mahla Pearlman Young Environmental Lawyer of the Year” award in honour of Mahla Pearlman (deceased) who was the first female to be President, Law Society of NSW, subsequently Law Council of Australia and a former Chief Judge of the Land & Environment Court of NSW.
- In 2005, the Australian Property Institute presented Maureen with an award for outstanding voluntary service to that Association. Maureen’s contribution included lecturing in Expert Witness Practice Directions for the Associate Professional Certificate, API, and University of Sydney. This course was set up at the request of the former Chief Judge of the Land and Environment Court of NSW.
- In September 2009 Maureen was awarded the Highly Commended Award, in recognition of her contribution to the profession over 25 years. This was an inaugural award by the Women Lawyers Association of NSW.
- In 2009, Maureen served as a member of the Federal Government’s Legal Advisory Committee, on behalf of Law Council of Australia, for the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme.
- In October 2011, the Australian Property Institute made Maureen a Fellow of API by invitation under the organisation’s Eminent Property Professionals in Australia Program.
- In 2011/2012, Maureen served as a member of the Federal Government’s Legal Advisory Committee on behalf of Law Council of Australia for the Clean Energy and related legislation.
- In January 2013, Maureen addressed the Federal Government’s Joint Selection Committee on Constitutional Recognition of Local Government of behalf of the Law Council of Australia.