Matt Sonter


T: +61 2 8035 7850
F: +61 2 9247 1315

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Matt is a partner in the Planning and Environment team in Sydney who specialises in all aspects of the development approval process. Matt advises a broad range of private and publicly listed property developers and commercial land holders on the development process and the most efficient way to navigate the NSW planning system including presentation at Panel meetings and representation in the Land and Environment Court.

Matt is recognised for his practical and outcome based approach to legal issues and ability to negotiate the approval process with local and state government authorities through the Land and Environment Court. Matt specialises in residential and mixed use developments and also has significant experience in acting for licensed premises, industrial operators and building certifiers in relation to the development and licensing process, and legislative requirements.

Matt commonly appears in the Land and Environment Court for developers, hoteliers, industrial operators and individuals in Class 1 merit appeals and Class 4 prosecution proceedings relating to single dwellings, greenfield subdivision, mixed use development and tower development in Central Sydney. Matt also often advises and provides representation for companies or individuals whose land or business interests are being compulsorily acquired.

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