Ian Wright has over 25 years' experience in all aspects of planning, infrastructure, government and environmental law.
Ian is recognised for his expertise in Doyle's Guide as a pre-eminent planning and development lawyer, Queensland (2014 - 2017); pre-eminent planning and environment lawyer, Queensland (2016 - 2017); leading planning and environment lawyer, Australia (2016); and leading environment and heritage lawyer, Queensland (2017). Ian is listed in the 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020 editions of The Best Lawyers in Australia in the field of planning and environmental law, and is also listed as a leading environment lawyer in Australia in Chambers and Partners from 2013 - 2019.
Ian has been a member of award winning project teams responsible for delivering projects which have won Planning Institute of Australia Awards in 2015, 2012, 2011, 2008 and 2007, the Australian National Award for Economic Environmental Innovation, Institute of Public Works Energy Australia (Qld) Award and the Civil Contractors Federation Queensland Branch Award.
Ian has particular expertise in advising listed development corporations, private development corporations and State and local governments in relation to State and local government planning and development legislation. Ian has also advised development corporations and local governments in urban, residential and rural areas of Queensland in respect of master planned residential communities and other property development projects.
Ian is recognised for the drafting of land use and infrastructure planning instruments, the drafting of State and local government statutory instruments and the conduct of planning, environmental and public law litigation. Ian has prepared State government legislation, including the Urban Land Development Authority Act 2007 and State Planning Regulatory Provisions for various Regional Plans, as well as amendments to the Integrated Planning Act 1997, Brisbane Casino Agreement Act 1983, Jupiters Casino Agreement Act 1983 and Breakwater Island Casino Agreement Act 1984.
Ian holds the qualifications of a Bachelor of Laws (Honours), a Bachelor of Arts (Geography and Economics) and a Master of Urban and Regional Planning. Ian was a lecturer in Environmental Law and Assessment at the Queensland University of Technology's Department of Built Environment and Engineering from 1993 to 2015 and was a lecturer in Planning Law at the University of Queensland from 1997 to 2005.