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4 September 2019: New Acting Commissioner Appointments

The Chief Judge, Justice Brian Preston, is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Philip Clay SC and Ms Maureen Peatman as Acting Commissioners of the Court for the period commencing 4 September 2019 and expiring on 3 September 2020.

Acting Commissioner Philip Clay

Mr Clay SC holds the degrees of Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws (University of New South Wales) and a Diploma of Legal Practice.  Mr Clay was admitted as a solicitor in 1979 and was called to the Bar in 1992. He was appointed Senior Counsel in 2011.

Mr Clay has 39 years applied experience as practising lawyer. At the Bar, Mr Clay has specialised in planning and environmental law work, primarily in the Land and Environment Court, but also in the Supreme Court of NSW, Court of Appeal and High Court of Australia.

Mr Clay has been actively involved in legal professional bodies, serving as President of the Environmental and Planning Law Association (NSW) (2010-2012) and has also assisted the NSW Bar Association in continuing professional development programmes, including the Bar Reader's Course.

Acting Commissioner Maureen Peatman

Ms Peatman holds a Diploma of Law (Solicitor's Admission Board) from the University of Sydney. She has over 35 years applied experience as a solicitor specialising in environment and planning law, valuation law and compulsory acquisition law.

The compulsory acquisition cases in which she has been involved have included cases involving the power to acquire land, simple acquisitions of land, and complex matters.

Ms Peatman has been actively involved in legal professional bodies, including serving on the Executive and as Vice President of the Environmental Planning Law Association (NSW), establishing the Australian Environment and Planning Law Group of the Law Council of Australia and serving as Chair (2004-2008), and serving on the Executive of the Legal Practice Section of the Law Council of Australia (2012-present), including as Chair and Deputy Chair.

 

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