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Local Government

Dean & Associates has a significant local government practice and a profound knowledge of all the areas confronting local authorities in today's regulatory world.

We regularly advise local authorities on their rights and obligations under relevant legislation and act on their behalf in the acquisition, sale and development of their large and diverse property portfolios.

We have strong relationships with local authorities and a thorough understanding of local government processes, compliance and law which gives us the tools to afford our clients reliable, robust and pragmatic advice in this area.

Our service includes:

  • Advice on council controlled organisations
  • Advice on public private partnerships
  • Infrastructure development
  • Funding, revenue streams and procurement
  • Liability
  • Statutory decision making
  • Road stopping, realignment and amalgamation of roads and related Public Works Act 1981 and Local Government Act 2002 matters
  • Rural water schemes
  • Acting on property portfolios involving leases, sale and purchase of assets, compulsory acquisitions and freeholding
  • Large scale residential and commercial subdivisions
  • Harbour development
  • Advising on local authorities' obligations under the Reserves Act 1977
  • Pipeline agreements and licences to occupy
  • Airport development
  • Legislation drafting
  • Private Members Bills and liaison with Parliamentary Counsel Office