Todd Neal is a partner in the planning and environment team with over 15 years' experience in his field.
He runs a "cradle to grave" practice dealing with environmental and planning issues from concept to completion and beyond. He also has a deep understanding of the processes, protocols, codes and empowering legislation of both local and state government, as well as state-owned corporations. Todd's clients include state and local governments, state-owned corporations, private landowners, as well as developers and contractors. This variety of clients allows him to factor in multiple perspectives to manage and resolve planning and environment matters.
Todd's expertise includes:
- litigation in the Land and Environment, Supreme and District Courts on matters such as:
- refusals of development and modification applications
- criminal prosecutions for threatened species and development without consent
- compulsory acquisition proceedings
- valuation of land proceedings
- Local Government Act matters
- section 88K easements
- trespass disputes
- due diligence for greenfield and brownfield sites, linear infrastructure projects, and business acquisitions covering native title and Aboriginal land rights issues, Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 actions, as well as pollution and development compliance issues
- approval and compliance issues for all tiers of development and activity
- land access strategies and "problem shooting" over congested sites
- probity and governance issues impacting on projects and government decision making
- project documentation, including contract drafting, interpretation and disputes relating to voluntary planning agreements, contamination responsibilities, and compulsory acquisitions
In 2018, Doyle's Guide
recognised Todd as a leading Environment & Climate Change Lawyer and in 2019 as a recommended Planning & Development Lawyer. Todd was recognised in the 2020-2022 editions of The Best Lawyers in Australia
as a leading lawyer in government practice, and planning and environmental law. He is also listed in the 2022 edition for land use and zoning law.
Todd is admitted to the Supreme Court of New South Wales and the High Court of Australia. He joined Colin Biggers & Paisley in 2016.