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Felicity has comprehensive experience as a specialist planning and environment lawyer who provides practical and straightforward advice. Felicity has practiced exclusively in this area for many years and is well known in the South Australian jurisdiction. As a result, she was listed in the 2021 Doyles Guide to Leading Planning and Environment Lawyers (South Australia).
Felicity regularly represents both private and public sector clients on a variety of Court matters including planning appeals, judicial review, civil proceedings and prosecutions.
Her experience includes the provision of advice on all matters arising under the Development Act 1993 and related legislation. She also has an in depth understanding of the Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016 as we transition towards full implementation of South Australia’s new planning scheme.
As a dedicated planning and environment law practitioner, Felicity also has experience in dealing with native vegetation, environmental licensing, regulatory and approvals, statutory agreements, State and local heritage, major infrastructure and property development, compulsory acquisition, national park management planning, Crown development and public infrastructure.
Felicity is active and dedicated to her industry and regularly conducts training and presentations either in-house or with allied professional associations including the Planning Institute of Australia and the Local Government Association.
Felicity has a Bachelor of Laws (with Honours) and Bachelor of Arts (majoring in Politics) degrees from the University of Adelaide and a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice.
Memberships / associations
- The Law Society of South Australia
- The Law Society of South Australia - Planning, Environment and Local Government committee
- Property Council of Australia - Mainstreets committee
- Planning Institute of Australia
- National Environmental Law Association
Areas of Practice
Honours & Awards
- Leading Planning & Environment Law Firms - South Australia - 2023 Doyles Guide
- Felicity Niemann | Doyles Guide - Leading Planning & Environment Lawyers - South Australia, 2023
- Leading Planning & Environment Law Firms - South Australia - 2022 Doyles Guide
- Felicity Niemann | Doyles Guide - Leading Planning & Environment Lawyers - South Australia, 2022
- Leading Planning & Environment Law Firms - South Australia - 2021 Doyles Guide
- Felicity Niemann | Doyles Guide - Leading Planning & Environment Lawyers - South Australia, 2021
- Leading Planning & Environment Law Firms - South Australia - 2020 Doyles Guide
- LG Insights- Key legal issues for Councils and Local Government
- LG Insights Paper | Fast tracking funding for Council Projects: COVID-19
- Going to Court: COVID-19 and the Environment, Resources and Development Court
- Insights | Citizens on patrol - Technology and the future of fighting crime
- Insights | Civil Action and Contaminated Land
- Insights | Cracking the Code - Planning Law SA
- Insights | Planning Law: Developers Carry the Can
- Insights | PDI Act 2016 - Community Engagement Charter - Second Consultation Draft
- Insights | Commencement of the Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act and Statutes Amendment
- Insights | Transitional Arrangements - New Planning System
- Insights | Hospitality, Tourism & Development Law
- LG Insights | What is a Priority Notice?
- Smoking Ban in Outdoor Dining Areas – regulations to commence 1 July 2016
- LG Insights | Doors open to roadside food stalls and perhaps much more?
- Expert Panel on Planning Reform final report - Response of the South Australian Government
- The Paior fix
- LG Insights | To ‘permit’ development – knowledge and control
- Failure to comply with statutory notice provisions for Category 2 and 3 development applications
- A best practice approach to investigations
- Giving directions in notices – clear and detailed is the key
- LG Matters | January 2014