Navigating the planning, development, environment and heritage issues affecting development approvals.

Our planning and environment law specialists assist clients to find a pathway through the complexities of planning and environment law, and help them reach the best commercial solution in the shortest possible time.

We use our expertise to steer our clients clear of the issues which can stand in the way of development approvals.

We practice in all aspects of planning and environment law throughout Queensland and act for individuals, property developers, land owners, infrastructure providers, local government authorities and agricultural business.

Our expertise

  • Planning and Environment Court litigation/dispute resolution and declaratory proceedings
  • Court of Appeal proceedings
  • Advising on all aspects of land development, development applications, planning schemes, legislation and lawfulness of land use
  • Heritage issues and demolition control
  • Enforcement proceedings and prosecutions for development and environmental offences
  • Vegetation clearing and management

  • Infrastructure planning and charging
  • Local and state planning instruments
  • Environmental management and compliance
  • Coastal development
  • Retail, commercial, industrial and residential development
  • Compulsory acquisition of land and compensation, and Land Court proceedings
  • Development approval revivals, minor changes and extensions


Thynne + Macartney’s lawyers are actively involved with the:


Whenever shaping the landscape is part of your vision – we’re with you.


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Thynne + Macartney is registered as a pre-qualified Legal Service supplier for Queensland Local Governments (and other defined Purchasers) in accordance with the requirements of the Local Government Act 2009 (the "Act") and Local Government Regulation 2012 (the "Regulation").

Awards & Recognition

Land Using & Zoning

  • Tim Quirk – (2017-2021), Lawyer of the Year (2020)

Planning & Environment

  • Tim Quirk – (2017-2021)

Environment & Heritage

  • Tim Quirk – Recommended (2019)

Planning & Development

  • Leading Law Firm  – Recommended (2016-2017 & 2019-2020)
  • Tim Quirk – Recommended (2015-2020)

Partner of the Year

  • Tim Quirk, Planning & Environment – Finalist (2018)