Roz joined Wallmans in 2020 and practises across the firm’s Public Law, Local Government, Planning, Development and Environment and Governance teams.
Roz has significant experience in public law having advised State government for over 17 years on a wide range of matters including questions of statutory interpretation and statutory powers, governance, appointment and removal of statutory office holders, procedural fairness, conflicts of interest, delegations and other regulatory matters. She has extensive experience advising under the Local Government Act 1999.
With her broad experience in public law, Roz is able to advise local councils, council subsidiaries, public authorities, boards and committees on a range of governance and statutory matters, including the exercise of statutory powers, the granting and drafting of delegations, drafting of by-laws, meeting reporting requirements, administering statutory funds and levying fees, rates and taxes. She has expertise advising under the Dog and Cat Management Act 1995, including advising the Dog and Cat Management Board and assisting in the preparation of animal welfare codes for regulation.
Roz has a unique understanding of Planning, Development and Environment Law and has assisted both State government and private clients with large and small developments. In addition to her Honours Degree in Law, she also has a post- graduate qualification in Urban and Regional Planning. Her experience extends to advising on land management agreements, heritage, waste management, natural resource management and all aspects of development applications as well as representation in court appeals. Prior to working in State government, Roz worked in a specialist Planning and Environment law firm.
Roz also has over twenty years of experience as a legal practitioner in other areas of land administration law and has given advice to State government on compulsory land acquisitions, Crown land under the care, control and management of local councils, and statutory leases and licences. She has appeared for the Valuer-General in valuation appeals, and given advice on a number of substantial legislative amendment exercises relating to land administration including advice to the Registrar-General on recent significant amendment of the Real Property Act 1886 to introduce electronic conveyancing and remove duplicate certificates of title. Additionally she has also advised the Construction Industry Training Board.
A key interest for Roz is advising Aboriginal organisations on their statutory and governance functions and the legal issues that arise in their roles as land owners and administrators. Having acted in-house at the Aboriginal Lands Trust for a number of years, Roz has significant experience providing legal advice on governance and administration of Aboriginal lands in the State, including Aboriginal heritage issues.
Active in her sector, Roz has presented seminars on environmental legislation, has edited a number of publications on Planning and Environment Law and has taught Property Law at the University of Adelaide Law School.
With her extensive experience, Roz appreciates the rigours of public sector accountability, aiming to ensure her clients are supported to deliver public services in an accountable and commercial manner, whilst meeting public policy aims.
Memberships / associations
- Law Society of SA
- Australian Institute of Administrative Law
- Women Lawyers Association (SA)
- Planning Institute of Australia
- Environmental Defenders Office