Land Court

The Land Court of Queensland hears and determines matters relating to land and natural resources.

The expert team at RH Law can support clients through the Land Court process to achieve outcomes.

Matters resolved through the Land Court include:

  • Appeals against land valuations
  • Resumption of land and compensation
  • Appeals against local government rating categories
  • Deals with Indigenous land and cultural heritage issues

RH Law has expert knowledge of the:

  • The Planning Act passed by the QLD parliament on 12 May 2016 and the relevant subsidiary legislation.
  • The Acquisition of Land Act (1967) particularly landowners in compulsory acquisition matters to determine the compensation payable by the resuming authority.
  • The Land Valuation Act (2010) specifically landowners in relation to the valuation of property by the Valuer-General for the purposes of reviewing land tax assessments.

Planning & Environment

The team at RH Law are experienced in all areas of planning and environment legislation. They have the expertise and industry knowledge to help you maximise the opportunities and manage the challenges that this complex area of law presents.

Our experience includes:

  • Advising clients on the commercial and strategic approach in obtaining land use approvals and modification of land use approvals with all state and local planning laws to maximise prospects of a successful application
  • Advising and acting as the instructing solicitor in Planning and Environment Appeals and Applications contesting conditions of Decision Notices and decisions by local authorities to approve or reject Development Applications
  • Assisting in the lodgement of Development Applications, reviewing and providing advice on the conditions of Decision Notices and any local authority consent and licence
  • Advising clients on the imposition and calculation of infrastructure charges, including the legality and quantum of the charges, and any negotiating amendments to conditions relating to infrastructure charges
  • Instructing solicitors in the Land Court of Queensland for applicants in land compensation matters. RH Law most recently acted for Brett’s Wharf against Brisbane City Council and has acted for ACCOR in the compulsory acquisition around the Formula 1 Hotel (now IBIS) at Lutwyche
  • Advising clients with on-site EPA and contamination issues before construction and any issues that arise during construction. This includes remediation strategies required to satisfy legislative and local authority requirements, allowing clients to achieve their commercial goals while meeting their legislative responsibilities.
  • Providing comprehensive advice on any compliance and enforcement issues under the Environmental Protection Act and Sustainable Planning Act, including advice regarding criminal prosecution for a breach of the Environmental Protection Act.