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Patrick Doyle


Patrick Doyle

LLB(Hons); BA(Hons); LLM

Phone (03) 9689 3963


Patrick Doyle

Patrick joined TP Legal in 2013. With over fifteen years’ experience in the world of planning, environment and heritage law, Patrick has a detailed understanding of the legal framework, and an ability to cut through to the most pertinent issues in any dispute.

Before joining TP Legal, Patrick was Managing Principal Solicitor at the Victorian Government Solicitor’s Office, responsible for advising the state government in relation to legal issues in planning, environment and heritage. Prior to that he was Special Counsel at Maddocks.

Some of Patrick’s areas of interest include planning scheme interpretation, enforcement, existing use rights, subdivision issues (including public open space contributions and development contributions), coastal planning, the management of native vegetation and ministerial interventions. Patrick also has a great deal of experience in relation to restrictive covenants, section 173 agreements and other agreements relating to land use and development. This gives him an understanding of the interplay between planning and property law.

Patrick also has a broader skill-set beyond those typical planning issues. These include his skills in administrative law and statutory interpretation, the development of primary and secondary legislation, Aboriginal cultural heritage, mining and extractive industries, the growth areas infrastructure contribution (GAIC) and environmental impact assessment at Federal and State levels.

Patrick is a skilled and experienced advocate, having appeared in hundreds of proceedings before VCAT, Planning Panels Victoria and other forums. He has also managed a range of statutory approvals associated with large government infrastructure projects.

In 2012 Patrick was awarded a Masters of Public and International Law from the University of Melbourne. His studies focused on laws in relation to the environment, natural resources, climate change and cultural heritage, both in the Australian and international context.

Patrick also speaks Spanish (advanced) and Brazilian Portuguese (intermediate). In 2012-2013 Patrick undertook a three-month internship with UNESCO, based in Havana, Cuba (which is UNESCO’s Regional Office for Culture for Latin America and the Caribbean). During this time he gained a greater understanding of the operation of various international conventions in the field of culture, including the UNESCO World Heritage Convention of 1970.

Between 2013 and 2016 Patrick served as Chair of the Planning and Local Government Committee of the Law Institute of Victoria.

In July 2015 Patrick was appointed by the Governor in Council to the Heritage Council of Victoria. The Heritage Council is responsible for a range of decisions under the Heritage Act 1995, and advises the Minister for Planning in relation to the management and protection of Victoria’s key heritage assets.