Our Team

Joanne Nou­seir

Associate
Prop­er­ty, Plan­ning & Projects

I am an Asso­ciate in our Plan­ning and Envi­ron­ment prac­tice with expe­ri­ence in Local Gov­ern­ment and Plan­ning law. I have exten­sive expe­ri­ence in lit­i­ga­tion in Class 1, 4 and 5 Appeals to the Land and Envi­ron­ment Court of New South Wales as well as the Local Court for both local coun­cils and pri­vate clients. I have expe­ri­ence in pro­vid­ing advice to Local Coun­cils and pri­vate clients on a wide range of issues such as refusal of devel­op­ment appli­ca­tions, judi­cial review pro­ceed­ings, crim­i­nal pros­e­cu­tions and civ­il enforce­ment matters. 

Pri­or to work­ing for Swaab, I worked as a solic­i­tor for a Syd­ney firm where I act­ed for sev­er­al large Council’s across New South Wales in both Local Court and Land and Envi­ron­ment Court proceedings.

I am flu­ent in spo­ken Arabic.

Expe­ri­ence

  • Act­ing in Class 1 pro­ceed­ings against Council’s refusal/​deemed refusal to grant devel­op­ment con­sent for board­ing hous­es, res­i­den­tial flat build­ings, sub­di­vi­sions and child care centres
  • Act­ing in Local Court pros­e­cu­tions for breach­es of the Envi­ron­men­tal Plan­ning and Assess­ment Act 1979 and Pro­tec­tion of the Envi­ron­ment Oper­a­tions Act 1997
  • Advis­ing Local Coun­cils on the valid­i­ty of orders and notices 
  • Pro­vid­ing advice to Local Coun­cils on the Gov­ern­ment Infor­ma­tion (Pub­lic Access) Act 2009 and the Pri­va­cy and Per­son­al Infor­ma­tion Pro­tec­tion Act 1998
  • Advis­ing and act­ing for Local Coun­cils in Class 4 civ­il enforce­ment proceedings
  • Appear­ing in the Land and Envi­ron­ment Court of New South Wales in Class 5 crim­i­nal proceedings 
  • Advis­ing and act­ing for devel­op­ers in Class 1 appeals of orders issued by Local Councils
  • Assist­ed in act­ing for Local Coun­cils in appeals from the Land and Envi­ron­ment Court to the Court of Appeal 
  • Advis­ing Local Coun­cils on whether works can be car­ried out as exempt or com­ply­ing devel­op­ment under the State Envi­ron­men­tal Plan­ning Pol­i­cy (Exempt and Com­ply­ing Devel­op­ment Codes) 2008
  • Advis­ing Local Coun­cils on the issu­ing of Penal­ty Infringe­ment Notices and enforce­ment options avail­able for breach­es of the Envi­ron­men­tal Plan­ning and Assess­ment Act 1979 and Pro­tec­tion of the Envi­ron­ment Oper­a­tions Act 1997

Exper­tise

  • Envi­ron­ment and Planning
  • Local Gov­ern­ment
  • Lit­i­ga­tion

Roles, Memberships & Education

  • Master of Law (Family Law & Dispute Resolution), 2019
  • Solicitor of the High Court of Australia, 2018
  • Bachelor of Law, University of Technology, Sydney 2017
  • Solicitor of the Supreme Court of NSW, 2017
  • Bachelor of Arts in Communication, University of Technology, Sydney, 2017
  • Member Law Society of NSW