Jessica Lee Kaczmarek

Special Counsel
Norton Rose Fulbright Australia

Jessica Lee Kaczmarek

Jessica Lee Kaczmarek


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Jessica is an environment and planning lawyer based in Melbourne.

She is a qualified urban planner who has extensive experience acting for developers, State and local governments and statutory authorities across all aspects of planning and environmental law.

Jessica's expertise includes:

  • Planning and development approvals and disputes
  • Planning Scheme Amendments and strategic planning advice, in particular, Precinct Structure Plans, development contributions and Growth Areas Infrastructure Contributions
  • Environmental impact assessments associated with major transport and infrastructure projects
  • Advocacy before Tribunals, planning panels and advisory committees
  • Commonwealth and State environmental approvals
  • Environmental law including works approvals, environmental licences and compliance advice
  • Management of contaminated land
  • Environment and planning due diligence in commercial transactions


Professional experience

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  • Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honours) / Bachelor of Arts, 2002
  • Masters of Social Scence (Environment and Planning), 2009


  • High Court of Australia 2012
  • Supreme Court of Victoria 2004
  • Advised on some of the State's largest infrastructure projects including: Peninsula Link, Victorian Desalination Plant, Channel Deepening and the Nowingi Long Term Contamination Facility.
  • Managed large scale public panel hearing processes for major infrastructure projects including Peninsula Link, Kilmore Wallan Bypass, Princess Highway Duplication (Traralgon to Kilmany), Palmers Corridor, Yan Yean Road Duplication, Swan Hill Bridge and numerous other road and level crossing proposals.
  • Advised in relation to master planning proposals and Precinct Structure Plans in growth areas, including Quarry Hills, Sunbury South, Lancefield Road, Lindum Vale, Cloverton, Armstrong Creek and Minta Farm.
  • Conducted planning due diligence ranging from Melbourne CBD sites through to greenfield sites in growth areas and a variety of infrastructure including wind farms, solar farms and industrial sites.  Jessica managed the planning and environmental due diligence for the divestment of hundreds of home improvement stores across Australia.
  • Appeared on behalf of developers and statutory authorities at the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal for a variety of matters including residential subdivisions, building approvals and enforcement proceedings.
  • Drafted a range of agreements necessary to facilitate the development of land including: development agreements, section 173 agreements (including DCP works in kind agreements), access agreements and leases and licenses.
  • Presented at numerous VPELA seminars
  • Lecturer at Leo Cussen Centre for Law
  • Law Institute of Victoria
  • English