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Market-leading planning expertise to assist projects succeed from start to finish

We offer a complete front to back-end service and advise on all manner of planning issues associated with property development, resources, infrastructure and state-significant projects. We advise clients at the early stage of projects as to the appropriateness of a site, at the development application stage to ensure that their applications are well structured to provide the best prospects of success and in the unfortunate circumstances where planning related disputes arise. In these instances, we always look for appropriate dispute resolution solutions to achieve our client's commercial objectives.


  • Planning and development approvals
  • Planning related dispute resolution
  • Compulsory acquisition of land
  • Town planning law and development approval processes, including litigation for stakeholders 
  • Regional planning and master planning 
  • Built heritage and indigenous cultural heritage advice
  • Environmental law

Industry participation

We enjoy longstanding industry relationships including with the Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA), the Property Council of Australia (PCA), the Queensland Environmental Law Association (QELA) and the Committee for Brisbane (previously Brisbane Development Association). Our team members participate in various committees with these industry partners and support the industry to prepare policy papers and submissions on key pieces of legislative reform and policy.


HopgoodGanim has been ranked by Doyle's Guide as a Leading Planning and Development Law Firm in Queensland, 2017–2023.

Exceptional outcomes

Redland City Council / We successfully advised Redland City Council in proceedings in the Planning and Environment Court to defend Council’s decision to refuse a residential subdivision in Thornlands and continue to advise the Council in relation to other proposed residential developments in the region. 
Western Australian Local Government / Advising various Western Australia local councils, including negotiation with local authorities and landowners in relation to the construction of major works, sealed roads, and easements to allow access to and from private properties over Crown land.
Western Australian commercial land developer / Advising this developer client on the resumption of their land by Main Roads WA. We also advised on scheme amendments, a structure plan application and environmental impacts relevant to one discrete piece of developable land earmarked as significant vegetation.
State and Local Governments / We provide strategic advice to both State and Local Government authorities in relation to compensation negotiations for the resumption of land for significant transport and social infrastructure projects across Queensland.

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