Craig Wallace is a specialist in all aspects of town planning and environmental law as it pertains to property development and land use.
Craig has over 15 years’ experience in his specialism working in local government, central government, boutique regeneration firms and large multi disciplinary law practices in South Africa, the United Kingdom and Australia.
Since being admitted, Craig has been involved in a wide range of matters for developer and government clients including providing advice on all aspects of developments and subdivision approvals, environmental approvals (both State and Federal), advice on strategic framework and policy documents, advocacy at all levels of the decision making process in a planning and environmental context and the conduct of statutory appeals to the State Administrative Tribunal/Supreme Court (planning matters) and the Office of the Appeals Convenor/Supreme Court (environmental matters).
Craig has also had the conduct of environmental and planning due diligence for significant corporate transactions and has defended prosecutions in the Magistrates Court brought under both the Environmental Protection Act 1986 and the Planning and Development Act 2005.
Craig has a particular interest in the regeneration of contaminated land and has advised on all aspects of the Contaminated Sites Act 2003, including being part of the project team involved in major urban regeneration projects in the UK and in WA and the conduct of litigation in the Supreme Court in relation to determinations of responsibility made by the Contaminated Sites Committee.
Craig also has an interest in aged care arising from his role on the board of a not for profit organisation in Fremantle. Craig is part of a wider aged care focus group at Lavan seeking to support the varying aspects of the aged care industry in the acquisition of land, procuring the relevant approvals for aged care facilities and the ongoing efficient management of those facilities for aged care providers.
Craig currently sits on the environment committees of the Urban Development Institute of Australia (Western Australia) and the Housing Industry Association (Western Australia).
University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa (1995)
Bachelor of Laws
University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa (1997)
High Court of Australia (2009)
High Court of Judicature in England and Wales (2002)
High Court of South Africa (2000)
Best Lawyers Australia: voted by peers as one of Australia’s best lawyers in planning and environment (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017)
Chambers Asia Pacific: recommended by clients for his expertise in environment (2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017)
Doyle’s Guide: leading lawyer in planning and environment (2016)
Doyle’s Guide: recommended lawyer in planning and environment (2012, 2013 and 2014)
Urban Development Institute of Australia - environment committee member
Housing Industry Association - planning and environment committee member