legal advice

Trusted legal advice can help you make the right decisions and improve outcomes for your organisation.   


our Approach

In an era of increasing community expectations, limited financial resources and increasing complexity of regulation, understanding legal obligations is crucial for local councils and community organisations.

We have extensive experience in providing legal advice to local councils and a solid understanding of the legislation impacting on the operation of local government. 

As an incorporated legal practice, we are able to provide legal advice to you either separately or together with our other services. We are committed to providing you with the highest professional standards and quality legal advice.

Our Director – Legal, Governance and Mediation, Emma Broomfield, has successfully established and managed an internal legal service for a large regional council and brings this wealth of knowledge in her services.

We have a proven ability to provide complex and strategic legal advice combined with a practical and common sense approach.



Locale Consulting can assist you with legal advice by:

/   Providing advice on the statutory interpretation of the wide range of legislation impacting upon local government

/   Advising at pre and post-tender stages in a procurement process

/   Drafting, reviewing and negotiating agreements such as funding agreements and voluntary planning agreements

/   Designing community engagement strategies and methods that comply with your legislative obligations

/   Providing accurate and practical legal advice on planning and development matters

/   Offering alternative dispute resolution services, such as mediation, to resolve legal matters before escalation to Court

/   Reviewing your plans and policies to ensure compliance with legal requirements

/   Providing holistic solutions where an issue involves legal and planning advice

/   Acting as an expert planning witness in appeals to the Land and Environment Court

/   Delivering tailored training to your organisation about topical changes to legislation or case law

Our Work

                     We deliver practical and outcome based solutions in our projects and for our clients. Below are some recent examples of our legal work.                              You can also find out more about other projects in our complementary service areas.

Legal advice | Section 149 Certificate Review

Section 149 Certificate Review

Legal advice | Voluntary planning agreements

Voluntary Planning Agreements

Legal advice |NSRF Motorsports Complex

NSRF – Motorsports Complex

Legal advice |Procurement solutions

Procurement Solutions

What our clients saY

“Following Council’s involvement in a legal matter relating to the clearing of vegetation on a private property, we approached Locale Consulting to review our Development Control Plan controls  with the aim of improving the clarity and operation of the document. Locale Consulting were our consultant of choice as they could provide both a planning and legal review of the Development Control Plan in one engagement.

The result was a timely delivery of the project, which responded directly to Council’s brief and showed a detailed understanding of Development Control Plans and the legal circumstances. One thing I liked was their ability to maintain open communication throughout the project. I found the experience simple and professional, as Locale Consulting willingly focused on local issues and the outcome we were seeking.

I would recommend Locale Consulting to people who need a boutique planning and legal firm who dedicate themselves to local government.”

Gordon Clark | Strategic Planning Manager

Shoalhaven City Council

“Locale Consulting recently assisted our not-for-profit organisation with a legal issue. We were so happy with the way that their team were responsive to our needs and were focused on practical outcomes and solutions that were perfectly tailored to resolving the matter in the most efficient and effective manner. We would strongly recommend their services to other businesses.”

Ken Crouch | General Manager

Northern Rivers Screenworks

P     PO Box 53 Woolgoolga NSW 2456

T     0419 700 401


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