Sarah is an experienced advocate having developed a broad practice in appeals work encompassing a wide range of regulatory reviews and planning, development and infrastructure related matters. 

She is an author of the Lexis Nexis publication Planning and Environment Victoria.

She is briefed regularly in Supreme Court appeals and trials in a variety of areas especially review hearings at VCAT and planning scheme amendments and advisory committees before Planning Panels Victoria having built her practice around her planning, development and regulatory background. 

Sarah appears frequently in matters relating to:

  • All aspects of planning approvals for developments and subdivisions; acting for developers, local government, the Minister for Planning and objectors in the planning process; acting for people objecting to planning applications; appeals from initial decision makers to the Supreme Court and VCAT; appearing at Panel hearings including in complex matters relating to environmental and related issues; and - appearing before Advisory Committees relating to major infrastructure projects and proposals
  • reviews of Local government decision making such as rates and charges, road acquisition and related matters
  • reviews of government actions and decision making
  • urgent applications and enforcement proceedings
  • compulsory acquisition matters for acquiring authorities and those whose property has been acquired
  • Appearing and advising in respect of a wide variety of legislative regimes including:
    • planning; heritage;
    • environment protection including prosecutions and contaminated land proceedings;
    • local government and other regulatory regimes;
    • water licensing;
    • liquor and gaming approvals and hospitality and entertainment regulation;
    • restrictive covenants
  • Prosecution and enforcement proceedings in various Courts and Tribunals for both prosecution and defence
  • Freedom of information.

Sarah has previously held the following positions and appointments:

Sessional Member, Planning Panels Victoria 2001 - 2003

Member, Victorian Casino and Gaming Authority 2001 – 2004

Chairperson, Planning and Local Government Committee, Law Institute of Victoria, 2000   2001 Accredited Specialist, Environmental, Planning and Local Government Law, Law Institute of Victoria, 1999 - 2001

Lecturer (Sessional), Environmental Law, Deakin University, 1998 – 1999

Honorary lecturer Monash University/Practice Manager Springvale Legal Service, 1994 – 1997 

Sarah is a nationally accredited mediator.

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PH +61 3 +61 3 9225 8744

Chambers: Room 1625
Owen Dixon Chambers West
525 Lonsdale Street
Melbourne 3000

Practice Areas

Alternative Dispute Resolution
Civil Appeals
Merit Appeals
Commercial Law
Property & Probate
Transport Law
Criminal Law
Energy Law & Resources Law
Environmental Law & Planning Law
Merit Appeals
Planning Offences
Town Planning
Local Government
Industry Regulations
Gaming Industry
Inquests, Inquiries, Tribunals & Commissions
Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT)
Property & Probate
Adverse Possession
Estate Agents Licensing & Disputes
Land Acquisition
Land Valuations
Public Law & Administrative Law
Disciplinary Proceedings
Freedom of Information (FOI)
Industry Regulations
Judicial Review
Liquor Licensing
Merits Review
Tax Law & Revenue Law
Land Tax
Transport Law


Admitted to the Legal Profession:
02 May 1994
Signed Victorian Bar Roll:
22 Nov 2001