Aaron specialises in planning, environment and administrative law. He has a thorough understanding of the issues specific to property development and ownership.
Aaron is well regarded for his work with major property developers on their complex legal issues, both at Gadens, and in his former role as the chief executive of the Urban Taskforce Australia.
Aaron represented property developers on the NSW Planning Minister’s Implementation Committee - created to bed down the 2008 planning reforms. He also served as an industry member of the NSW Government’s Employment Lands Taskforce.
Aaron also works with certifying authorities and the public sector. He was engaged by the NSW Government to contribute to its green paper on planning reform 'A New Planning System for NSW', released in July 2012.
Aaron is focused on providing practical advice to facilitate urban development and to overcome red tape. He is well known for his ability to spot the issues that others have missed - delivering better, quicker and more commercial results. His expertise covers both greenfield and infill development, including the residential, retail, commercial and industrial sectors.
Earlier in his career, Aaron worked as a senior executive in the NSW Premier's Department for close to a decade. In that role he served as a high-ranking advisor in the roads, housing, energy, regional development, mineral resources and treasury portfolios. This gave Aaron an unrivalled understanding of the decision-making processes of government authorities. As a result, his capacity to negotiate with public officials on challenging legal and planning issues is second to none.
Aaron is a member of the Law Society's Environmental Planning and Development Committee and the Urban Taskforce's Steering Committee. Aaron frequently appears at seminars and industry events as an expert speaker on planning and environment law.
Areas of expertise
- Land and Environment Court litigation
- State significant development declarations and consents
- Environmental and natural resource approvals (including threatened species and Aboriginal heritage)
- Voluntary planning agreements
- Construction, subdivision and occupation certificates
- Compulsory land acquisition.