Stand­ing up for land­hold­ers

Law firm opens its ru­ral doors

Chinchilla News - - P&E LAW -

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

PHOTO: AMANI VAS­SIL­IOU

CHIN­CHILLA ROOTS: Raquel Bond and Emma Grib­ble are head­ing up p&e Law’s of­fice in town.

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