Standing up for landholders
Law firm opens its rural doors
A HELPING hand for local landholders affected by resource development has officially touched down in Chinchilla.
Prominent Sunshine Coast and Cairns regional law practice p&e Law has opened a new local office in town on Heeney Street.
The firm specialises in acting exclusively for landholders.
They provide legal advice for those affected by coal seam gas, mining and exploration activities alongside a range of other environmental issues pertinent to the region.
Director Matt Patterson said the new venture would add to existing offices in Cairns and the Sunshine Coast, allowing the firm to service the Surat Basin to their best capacity.
“Our firm has more than 30 years experience in the gas and mining industry,” Mr Patterson said.
“We have been working in the area for the past 10 years but we wanted to put down some roots in the local community.
“Both Lestar Manning and I have been working in Chinchilla since the CSG industry took off and I think one of our firm’s key qualities is the fact that whilst other people in the industry have come and gone, we have stayed, advising landholders from day one.”
The local office will be headed up by Chinchilla based solicitor Raquel Bond.
Raquel has recently joined p&e Law bringing with her a a wealth of local knowledge and experience in the mining and CSG sector.
By her side, will be aspiring law student and paralegal Emma Gribble.
The firm is set to mainly service those in and around the gas fields from Injune, Roma, Wandoan, Chinchilla and all the way down to Dalby and Toowoomba.
Mr Patterson said the new Chinchilla branch would continue to distinguish the firm from others in the region.
“Something unique about our firm is that we only act for landholders, we don’t do any work for gas companies,” he said.
“Also, as we are so specialised, we don’t do other areas of law.
“If you came to us with a problem about family or criminal law we would refer you on.”
Central to the efforts of p&e Law is a sincere drive to fight for the rights of landholders.
“Negotiations can be stressful and time consuming for landholders and we want to take these stresses away,” Mr Patterson said.
“We endeavour to manage their concerns when negotiating with gas companies, so farmers can get on with the important business of running their property. We act on instructions from landholders at all times."
“We make an effort to come to the client’s property to meet with them and inspect their property, rather than requiring them to come into the Chinchilla office.”
Mr Patterson said the firm was not merely confined to the coal seam gas industry.
“We try and cater for everything to do with a client’s land so, if they have issues with vegetation clearing, water licensing or pipe lines say, we provide that specialised service.”
To contact the local team call 07 4662 7983 or visit www.paelaw.com.
❝Something unique about our firm is that we only act for landholders, we don’t do any work for gas companies. — Matt Patterson
CHINCHILLA ROOTS: Raquel Bond and Emma Gribble are heading up p&e Law’s office in town.