Quality and consistency through collaboration

We are proud to announce that Chris Drury, Partner, of our Corporate and Commercial team and based in Sydney has been recognised as a Leading Town Planning & Development Lawyer, NSW, in Doyle’s Guide 2022.

Chris is the Sydney Local Managing Partner and an Accredited Specialist in Local Government and Planning Law—he was in fact in the first group of practitioners to attain this accreditation in 1998.

Chris regularly advises clients on applications (and defences to such applications) under the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009, compulsory acquisition of land, drafting conditions of development consent, fire safety orders, heritage issues and issues arising under the Ombudsman Act 1974 (NSW), the Independent Commission against Corruption Act 1988 (NSW) and the Roads Act 1993 (NSW).

He also advises on land and environment court litigation, including judicial review, merit appeals, environmental offences and Class 3 appeals relating to both claims for compensation and valuation disputes, planning appeals relating to hotels and licensed premises, privacy, section 94 contributions and planning agreements, and waste disposal, water and sewerage issues. Chris has also held executive positions with the Environmental and Planning Law Association of NSW.

Congratulations Chris!


About Sparke Helmore

We’ve come a long way since our doors first opened in the Hunter in 1882. We’ve had an office in Sydney since the ‘60s and we recently opened our ninth office in Darwin.

We cover five key areas of law – Corporate & Commercial, Commercial Insurance, Government, Statutory Lines of Insurance and Workplace – with more than 30 specialised areas of expertise. We’re a truly national, full service and proudly Australian firm that delivers results through deep collaboration with our clients. Wherever our clients need us, that’s where we’ll be.

Covering a big country needs a big team—we’re more than 880 people now and still growing. And in true Australian spirit, we’re friendly, approachable and easy to work with. And when you work with one of us, you get the expertise of all of us.

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