Since 1992, Geoff has been involved in advising local government, planning and environmental law clients and has practised extensively in these areas. In conducting and managing litigation on behalf of the local government and private clients he has developed a strong experience in all jurisdictions of the Land and Environment Court. Prior to commencing the practice of Ritchie & Castellan, Geoff was a partner in one of Parramatta’s largest commercial practices and he headed up their Planning and Environmental Law Division.
Geoff regularly advises clients on all aspects of environmental and local government litigation, including prosecutions, urgent injunctions, planning appeals, judicial review actions and valuation appeals. He has developed a detailed understanding of the complex issues pertaining to section 94 contribution plans, valuation appeals and administrative law. His practice strengths lie in his ability to identify the crucial issues in matters (particularly in Class 1 appeals) and his thorough preparation of matters for hearing. Geoff is a commercially minded individual. His experience and abilities allow him to explore alternatives which, in some cases, provide a resolution to a matter without the need for litigation.
Geoff is a founding member of the Local Government Lawyers Group. Geoff is a member of both the Law Society of New South Wales and the Queensland Law Society.
In 2005 Geoff was appointed by the Supreme Court of New South Wales as a Public Notary.
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