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Kate Blunden

Senior Associate

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I am committed to providing clients with practical and commercial solutions and delivering the highest standards of legal and commercial advice.

I have acted for clients on a diverse range of environment and planning matters and have particular experience advising on compulsory acquisition compensation claims, biodiversity legislation and environmental regulation for a variety of projects including greenfield subdivisions, waste recycling and industrial premises.

My litigation experience includes proceedings in the Land and Environment Court comprising Class 1 (including objector) appeals, Class 3 (compulsory acquisition) appeals and Class 4 appeals. I also have experience in appeals from the Land and Environment Court to the Court of Appeal and special leave applications to the High Court.

Alexandria Landfill compensation case — acted for Alexandria Landfill in Land and Environment Court proceedings, Court of Appeal proceeding and High Court special leave application relating to a compensation claim for the resumption of 15 hectares of land in St Peters for Westconnex. This case involved complex expert evidence regarding historical landfilling risks and future redevelopment potential.

Mirvac land tax — acted for Mirvac in relation to a land tax valuation appeal within the Australian Technology Park.

Mt Gilead/ Figtree Hill — advised the developer in relation to biodiversity certification and biobanking agreements for this significant future residential subdivision in south western Sydney.

Environmental compliance — advised on show cause notices, environmental protection licences and potential pollution offences for a variety of clients.

Compulsory acquisition of lease and freehold premises — advised tenants and landowners on claims for compensation as a result of compulsory acquisition of their premises including engaging appropriate experts to assist with claims, negotiations with acquiring authorities and submissions to the Valuer General. I also have experience in running objections to determinations in the Land and Environment Court.

King George Park — acted for Inner West Council as Crown land manager in relation to the acquisition of part of King George Park.

Qualifications

Juris Doctor (JD), University of Sydney

Bachelor of Arts (Sociology) with distinction, University of New South Wales