We are at the forefront of navigating
Australia's evolving environment
and planning laws

 We advise and represent regulators, utilities, resources businesses, retailers, land owners and developers, manufacturers and planning authorities across all Australian States and Territories.

We deliver highly personal service with
a commercial approach to the business
interests and legal challenges of our
clients in the fields of environment,
planning and valuation law.

Beatty Legal are leaders in Environmental, Planning and Valuation Law

Led by respected environmental lawyer and counsel Andrew Beatty, together we bring a wealth of domestic and international experience in the fields of environment, planning and valuation law. We advise and represent regulators, utilities, resources businesses, retailers, land owners and developers, manufacturers and planning authorities across all Australian States and Territories. 

At the forefront of navigating Australia's evolving environment and planning laws

From climate change, natural resources management and infrastructure development to planning policy and decisions energy development, sustainability strategies, and environmental assessment, our team’s specialist legal and governmental experience complements and supports our firm’s niche expertise in environment, planning and valuation law. Most importantly, it’s our accessibility, agility and efficiency combined with the capabilities expected of a tier one firm that truly sets us apart.

Delivering highly personalised, strategic and sophisticated advice

Our personal service is complemented by our commercial approach to our clients’ business interests and legal challenges. We keep our clients informed of how their actions and decisions may interact with government policy and legislation to affect future opportunities. We represent a wide variety of clients from government bodies to private businesses across Australia and internationally, and undertake significant and complex select pro bono matters.

Our professional staff have extensive
expertise in environment, planning
and valuation law

Our professional staff have extensive expertise in environment, planning and valuation law

Andrew Beatty Director

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Admitted in 1985, Andrew has been consistently ranked as a leading environmental and planning lawyer in various Australian, regional and global directories.

Before establishing Beatty Legal in 2012, Andrew had been a senior partner of three large law firms:

  • Allen Allen & Hemsley (Sydney) 1993 – 1999
  • Mallesons Stephen Jacques (Melbourne & Sydney) 1999 – 2006
  • Baker & McKenzie (Sydney) 2006 – 2012

Andrew’s practice has focused on dispute resolution and advisory work for clients in the property, resources, energy and finance sectors.

Andrew is admitted in New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia.

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Ballanda Sack Special Counsel

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Admitted in 1997, Ballanda has technical expertise in all aspects of environmental and planning law. Ballanda also has considerable experience in administrative law and property law as well as occupational health and safety, electrical safety and rail safety laws.

Ballanda has enjoyed in-house legal secondments to both Onesteel and EnergyAustralia (now Ausgrid).

She has also advised and represented Transport NSW, Sydney Water, Idemitsu Australia, and the Department of Defence.

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Ana Coculescu Senior Associate

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Ana is passionate about environmental law having specialised in this area of law since 2005. Prior to being admitted to practice, she worked for two years as the researcher to the Chief Judge in the NSW Land and Environment Court. Her experience in practice includes advising private and government clients with respect to compulsory acquisition, planning and development matters, waste and contaminated land.

In addition to holding a Bachelor of Law and Master of Laws from the University of Sydney, Ana has a Master of European Community law from Université Aix-Marseille III in France and undergraduate degrees in Romanian and French law. She is fluent in French and Romanian.

Ana has been recognised by Doyle’s Guide as a rising star in Australian environment & planning law, having been identified by clients and peers for her expertise in the field.

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Marlon Shou Solicitor

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Marlon has strong experience in the legal industry having previously been a paralegal at Beatty Legal and in an international law firm.

He has had considerable exposure to planning and environmental law matters having worked on both Class 1 and Class 3 proceedings before the Land and Environment Court as well as on valuation matters generally.

His knowledge of the law is further enhanced by his considerable corporate experience outside of it. Marlon’s marketing experience with a global pharmaceutical company has given him unique insights and understanding into client and corporate pressures that imbue his work with an added client focus.

Marlon has a BComm (Mktg) and LLB (Hons) combined degree from Macquarie University.

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Georgie Robinson Solicitor

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Georgie’s legal experience prior to joining Beatty Legal included work in the areas of mortgage law and commercial litigation.

Georgie grew up in Queensland and attended Bond University. After graduating with a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) in 2015, Georgie moved to Sydney to pursue her law career and was admitted to the Supreme Court of NSW in July 2016.

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Timothy Allen Solicitor

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Timothy Allen’s passion for environmental and planning law has continued through his studies and into practice. Before joining Beatty Legal as a solicitor, Timothy worked as a paralegal within the firm.

Timothy’s previous experience includes work with the NSW Environmental Defender’s Office, and the NSW Land & Environment Court. Timothy has had substantial exposure to a range of environmental and planning matters, particularly in litigation.

Timothy holds a Bachelor of Arts (Media)/Bachelor of Laws double degree with Honours from Macquarie University. He was admitted to practice in 2017.

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Erin Wakefield Chief Executive Officer

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As CEO, Erin is responsible for the strategic direction of the firm, as well as the day-to-day management of the practice. Erin’s experience in the legal industry includes research and executive support roles in both boutique and major international firms.

Erin holds a Bachelor of International and Global Studies from the University of Sydney.

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Samantha Marshall Paralegal

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Samantha joined Beatty Legal as a part time paralegal in 2017. She is currently completing a Bachelor of Arts (Politics/Environmental Management) combined with Bachelor of Laws at Macquarie University.

She has previously worked in administrative and paralegal roles for local firms and legal centres, with experience in commercial litigation, family law disputes, probate matters and International Environmental Law.

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Hugh KierathParalegal

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Hugh has had previous paralegal experience working in the areas of family law, commercial dispute resolution and debt recovery.

He joined Beatty Legal in 2016, and works part-time while he completes a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance) and Bachelor of Laws (BCom/LLB) as part of a combined degree at The University of New South Wales (UNSW). Hugh joined Beatty Legal in 2016 to broaden his experience and to pursue a keen interest in administrative law.

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