Special Counsel

James Oldknow

James is a Land and Environment Court specialist - working with private clients, developers, town planners, architects and a range of experts in relation to minor to major projects in NSW.

James is recognised as having a pro-development focus and a proven track record in the approvals process to achieve quick and favourable outcomes.

James holds a substantial hotelier client base and advises on all development uses across the State, including residential, commercial, retail and industrial.


James’ expertise includes:

  • Appeals to the Land and Environment Court of NSW in relation to development applications
  • Due Diligence, pre-DA and strategic planning advice
  • Planning Agreements
  • Planning Proposals and Re-Zoning Reviews
  • Easements and restrictive covenants on title

Recent Projects

  • Acting for Scape in relation to 5x Kingsford to Kensington student accommodation development consents (100+ million)
  • Acting for Iris Capital in relation to residential and pub development applications in Manly, Wentworthville, Chullora, Newcastle and Casula
  • Acting for private developers in relation to the redevelopment of various Pitt Street mall heritage listed buildings for high end retail
  • Acting for Realize Architecture in relation to seminal Court decision regarding “substantially the same” test for modification applications
  • Frequently acting for owners and developers in Court appeals relating to small – scale development projects such as single dwelling houses, dual occupancies, and subdivisions.

Professional Memberships

  • Environmental Planning Law Association of NSW


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