John Clayton specialises in environment, planning and government law. He has worked extensively both with government authorities and private developers.

John's practice covers a wide range of issues, including Federal and State planning and environmental impact assessment, compulsory acquisition and land valuation, and the relationship between administrative law and government decision-making and policy. He has a keen interest in the interaction between administrative law requirements and the commercial imperatives of statutory authorities.

John also provides specialist environmental and planning advice in relation to corporate and property transactions.

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Electricity authorities: advising on various planning and environment issues affecting various electricity authorities, including the interaction of environmental laws with the authorities' statutory powers. Providing strategic advice in relation to land acquisition matters, including strategies involving compulsory acquisition. Acting for electricity authorities in various litigation, including in the Land and Environment Court in relation to compulsory acquisition, and the NSW Supreme Court in relation to the enforcement of easement rights and other property-related issues.

Sydney CBD Metro Project:
before its cancellation in February 2010, advised on all environmental and planning aspects of the metro-style rail project, including the strategic integration of the environmental aspects of the project as a whole, and preliminary planning issues.

 

Roads and Traffic Authority of NSW: advising on environment and planning issues associated with several major infrastructure projects, including the M5 East Freeway and the M4 East Motorway and the Pacific Highway Upgrade. John also has considerable experience in relation to land acquisition and compensation issues associated with the Cross-City Tunnel, the Lane Cove Tunnel and the North-West Transitway. Many of these matters have involved appeals in the Land and Environment Court and the NSW Court of Appeal.

 

Transport Construction Authority: advising TCA on a range of environment and planning issues in relation to the Parramatta Rail Link project and the Chatswood Transport Interchange, including complex land acquisition. John has assisted in providing strategic advice for the Parramatta Rail Link project and Chatswood Transport Interchange, and conducted numerous litigations in the Land and Environment Court in relation to the project.

 

Rail Corporation New South Wales: advising RailCorp in relation to planning and environmental issues affecting various rail projects. Providing strategic advice to RailCorp in relation to land acquisition strategies, including compulsory acquisition. Assisting in conducting Supreme Court litigation relation to leasehold interests and valuation matters, as well as Land and Environment Court litigation and commercial arbitration.

 

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Environment and Planning

Electricity authorities: advising on various planning and environment issues affecting various electricity authorities, including the interaction of environmental laws with the authorities' statutory powers. Providing strategic advice in relation to land acquisition matters, including strategies involving compulsory acquisition. Acting for electricity authorities in various litigation, including in the Land and Environment Court in relation to compulsory acquisition, and the NSW Supreme Court in relation to the enforcement of easement rights and other property-related issues. 

Sydney CBD Metro Project:
 before its cancellation in February 2010, advised on all environmental and planning aspects of the metro-style rail project, including the strategic integration of the environmental aspects of the project as a whole, and preliminary planning issues.

 

Roads and Traffic Authority of NSW: advising on environment and planning issues associated with several major infrastructure projects, including the M5 East Freeway and the M4 East Motorway and the Pacific Highway Upgrade. John also has considerable experience in relation to land acquisition and compensation issues associated with the Cross-City Tunnel, the Lane Cove Tunnel and the North-West Transitway. Many of these matters have involved appeals in the Land and Environment Court and the NSW Court of Appeal.

 

Transport Construction Authority: advising TCA on a range of environment and planning issues in relation to the Parramatta Rail Link project and the Chatswood Transport Interchange, including complex land acquisition. John has assisted in providing strategic advice for the Parramatta Rail Link project and Chatswood Transport Interchange, and conducted numerous litigations in the Land and Environment Court in relation to the project.

 

Rail Corporation New South Wales: advising RailCorp in relation to planning and environmental issues affecting various rail projects. Providing strategic advice to RailCorp in relation to land acquisition strategies, including compulsory acquisition. Assisting in conducting Supreme Court litigation relation to leasehold interests and valuation matters, as well as Land and Environment Court litigation and commercial arbitration.

 

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Real Estate

Electricity authorities: advising on various planning and environment issues affecting various electricity authorities, including the interaction of environmental laws with the authorities' statutory powers. Providing strategic advice in relation to land acquisition matters, including strategies involving compulsory acquisition. Acting for electricity authorities in various litigation, including in the Land and Environment Court in relation to compulsory acquisition, and the NSW Supreme Court in relation to the enforcement of easement rights and other property-related issues. 

 

Roads and Traffic Authority of NSW: advising on environment and planning issues associated with several major infrastructure projects, including the M5 East Freeway and the M4 East Motorway and the Pacific Highway Upgrade. John also has considerable experience in relation to land acquisition and compensation issues associated with the Cross-City Tunnel, the Lane Cove Tunnel and the North-West Transitway. Many of these matters have involved appeals in the Land and Environment Court and the NSW Court of Appeal.

 

Transport Construction Authority: advising TCA on a range of environment and planning issues in relation to the Parramatta Rail Link project and the Chatswood Transport Interchange, including complex land acquisition. John has assisted in providing strategic advice for the Parramatta Rail Link project and Chatswood Transport Interchange, and conducted numerous litigations in the Land and Environment Court in relation to the project.

 

Rail Corporation New South Wales: advising RailCorp in relation to planning and environmental issues affecting various rail projects. Providing strategic advice to RailCorp in relation to land acquisition strategies, including compulsory acquisition. Assisting in conducting Supreme Court litigation relation to leasehold interests and valuation matters, as well as Land and Environment Court litigation and commercial arbitration.

 

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