Serena was admitted to practice in 2004 and brings over 15 years' experience in commercial and public law, specialising in planning, environment, heritage and land acquisition. She has a particular interest in complex infrastructure projects as well as built form and heritage matters. She appears in the Supreme Court, Federal Court, VCAT and Planning Panels on behalf of government and private sector clients.
Serena read with Emily Porter and her senior mentor is Nicholas Tweedie SC. She is a member of the Victorian Planning and Environmental Law Association, the Victorian Bar Indigenous Justice Committee and has provided pro bono advice to the Arts Law Centre of Australia over many years.
Prior to the bar, Serena was a Senior Associate in Best Hooper’s planning and environment team. She developed significant government experience working for the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning from 2011 to 2015. She has worked in NSW for Ashurst, Freehills and as an associate to the Hon Justice Peter Young AO of the Supreme Court.
Serena’s experience includes:
Planning and Environment Law: merits review of planning permit applications, planning enforcement, planning scheme amendments, environmental effects inquiries and advisory committee hearings.
Aboriginal cultural heritage and native title: advice and proceedings under the Aboriginal Heritage Act 2006 (Vic) and the Native Title Act 1993 (Cth).
Property Law and Land Acquisition: land acquisition and valuation.
Public and Administrative Law: judicial and merits review, statutory interpretation, FOI.
Serena appears both led and unled and accepts direct briefs where permitted under the Barristers Rules. Matters in which Serena has appeared include: