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Dennis leads our Environment and Planning team and has experience advising statutory authorities, local governments and private sector clients. His expertise cuts across all areas of planning and property law, as well as environmental issues.

Almost 20 years of practice in environmental and planning law have given Dennis a detailed technical knowledge. Because he has acted for both public and private sector clients, Dennis has the ability to understand competing arguments and see both sides of an issue, which informs his strategic advice.


  • Bachelor of Law (University of Technology, Sydney)
  • Bachelor of Commerce (Economics and Finance) (Western Sydney University)
  • Chair of firm sponsored series providing training for members of the Planning Institute of Australia
  • Member – Environment and Planning Law Association NSW
  • Presenter – Australian Property Institute Expert Witness Course
  • Panel member - Cumberland Local Planning Panel

Career highlights

  • Helping Blacktown City Council successfully conciliate more than 30 Class 1 Development appeals involving the same respondent.
  • Successfully representing Blacktown City Council in Class 4 proceedings in the Land and Environment Court over breaches to the Environmental Planning & Assessment Act 1979 and the Local Government Act 1993.
  • Representing Wollongong City Council in a complex Class 1 development appeal involving an ecologically sensitive site that featured endangered ecological communities and a biobanking proposal.
  • Successfully challenging the amount of compensation paid to landowners for the compulsory acquisition of land for road upgrades. These Class 3 proceedings involved several complex issues across many disciplines.
  • Representing a council in an appeal after it refused permission to a large integrated residential development proposal. This included appearing in court on its behalf and successfully negotiating amendments.

Contact & Links
  • Level 25
    161 Castlereagh Street
    Sydney NSW 2000

Bartier Perry
Headquarters: Sydney, Australia

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  • Recommended by Doyle’s Guide to the Australian Legal Profession as a Leading Planning & Development Lawyer in NSW, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021

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