About Apex Planning and Environment Law

Grant Christmas, Principal, Apex Planning and Environment LawThe principal of Apex Planning & Environment Law is Grant Christmas, a very experienced and respected practitioner in the areas of town planning, local government and environmental law.  Grant has over 20 years experience in local government administration, town planning, environmental assessment and planning and environmental law.

Grant was Marrickville Council’s Principal Solicitor (from 2001-2010) primarily appearing as the Council’s advocate in the Land and Environment Court as well as providing written and oral advice to Councillors and Council staff on all manner of local government legal issues.

Grant was previously the Principal Environmental Lawyer at Sutherland Shire Council (from 1999-2001) and appeared as the Council’s advocate in numerous Land and Environment proceedings and providing day to day written advice to Council staff and councillors on all facets of local government law.

Prior to his in-house roles at Marrickville and Sutherland Councils, Grant was employed as a solicitor in the Local Government and Environment Group at Phillips Fox Solicitors for 4 years.  During this time, he appeared as an advocate and provided written and oral advice to local government, state government and developer clients.

Grant completed his Bachelor of Laws at the University of Technology Sydney during which time he was awarded the Abbott Tout prize for Local Government Law.

Grant is also a qualified town planner, holding a Bachelor of Town Planning from the University of New South Wales.  Grant spent a total of 6 years working as a development control planner at Manly, Hurstville, Marrickville and Randwick Councils.

Grant has:

  • a unique understanding of the workings of local government;
  • a particular skill in settling planning and building litigation by alternative dispute resolution;
  • experience as a mediator in planning and building disputes;
  • extensive experience as an advocate and practitioner in the Land and Environment Court.

Grant has the following qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Town Planning, University of New South Wales, 1989.
  • Bachelor of Laws, University of Technology Sydney, 1995.
  • Diploma of Practical Legal Training, College of Law Sydney, 1996.

Grant has the following professional associations:

  • Member Law Society of NSW.
  • Committee Member – NSW Law Society Environmental Planning and Development Law Committee 2009 and 2010.
  • Member – Environment and Planning Law Association (NSW).
  • Local Government and Shires Associations’ Representative on Land and Environment Court Users Group 2006-2010.
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