Prior to joining Bick & Steele, Natasha had a sea change, moving from Sydney to the Coffs Harbour area and working with a local firm in Coffs Harbour. She now calls Coffs Harbour home and loves going to the beach and enjoying the natural beauty of the area.
Before moving to the Mid North Coast, Natasha spent two years working on various public hearings at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. Prior to that, she worked for 10 years at “Top Tier” law firms Herbert Smith Freehills and Clayton Utz where she conducted a range of environmental and planning litigation and advised clients on compulsory acquisition, issues relating to contamination of land, and urban development.
Natasha’s experience is not limited to large law firm experience in Sydney. She started her career in a small city practice in Sydney where she advised clients on a range of matters, from drafting wills to defending breach of contract claims. She then practised in insurance litigation for a number of years but moved into the environment and planning area when working at Gadens Lawyers where the mix of work involved acting for local councils and developers.
Natasha practices in all areas of environment and planning law, including:
conducting environment and planning litigation including planning appeals and compulsory acquisition hearings in the Land and Environment Court
providing planning advice such as advice on modifications of consents, advising on whether developments have “physically commenced”, drafting voluntary planning agreements and strategic advice on approval pathways for the granting of development consents
advising clients on all aspects of compulsory acquisition and conducting negotiations with the acquiring authority
advising on environment protection licences including making applications to vary licences, preparing submissions to the regulator (EPA) and taking action in the Land and Environment Court challenging the EPA’s decisions
advising on waste issues, including resource recovery orders
advising on compliance issues such as clean up notices and other responses to regulatory notices (notices to produce records and information, development control orders issued by local councils), attending regulatory interviews and advising on environmental offences
advising on the management of contaminated land
conducting judicial review proceedings in the Federal Court of Australia
conducting mediations and arbitrations involving contractual disputes
Natasha is an experienced litigator having acted for clients in proceedings in the NSW Land and Environment Court, NSW Supreme Court, Federal Court of Australia, the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal and the High Court of Australia.
Natasha has the following qualifications awarded by the Australian National University:
Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Laws
A selection of matters on which our Team have advised or acted during the course of their career can be found here.