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Andrew Williams

DirectorAndrew Williams


Suite 4, 59 The Esplanade, Maroochydore QLD 4558
T:  07 5479 0155
E: andrew@paelaw.com


  • Bachelor of Laws, Queensland University of Technology
  • Bachelor of Business (Accountancy), Queensland University of Technology
  • Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice, Queensland University of Technology
  • Legal Practitioner of Supreme Court of Queensland
  • Legal Practitioner of High Court of Australia

Professional Memberships:

  • Queensland Law Society
  • Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA)
  • Queensland Environmental Law Association (QELA)
  • Planning Institute of Australia (PIA)
  • Sunshine Coast Law Association
  • Property Rights Australia

Andrew Williams practices throughout the State specialising in the planning and environment jurisdiction from p&e Law’s Maroochydore office. Andrew has a critical legal mind with up-to-the-minute knowledge of this specialised area of law. He provides clients with advice to achieve low risk, high value and timely outcomes. Andrew’s clients include developers, Councils and community interest groups.

Andrew provides due diligence advice, assists with problem solving in the course of development applications and conducts appeals and applications in the Planning and Environment Court.

Andrew also provides advice to councils to assist their strategic town planning and acts in the prosecution or defence of matters under the Nature Conservation Act 1992, Vegetation Management Act 1999 Integrated Planning Act 1997, Sustainable Planning Act 2009Planning Act 2016 and Local Laws.

In addition to the usual range of MCUs and RALs, Andrew has recently been involved in some less common developments including solar farms, shooting ranges and motor racing facilities. Andrew has a particular interest in extractive industries projects.

Where litigation is unavoidable, Andrew maximizes his client’s prospects of success by critically analyzing the case, assembling the right team of experts and counsel for the job then managing the team to achieve the best result. Andrew’s record of success is enviable. Examples of litigation include:

Blacks Beach Cove No 2 v Mackay & Anor [2012] 2 QPELR 346

  • Successfully overturned the approval of a competing neighbourhood shopping centre and secured approval for the client’s shopping centre proposal. Issues included: traffic, noise, architecture, economics and town planning.

Parklands Blue Metal v Sunshine Coast & Ors [2014] QPELR 479

  • Successfully obtained approval for 500mt/a hard rock quarry against Council and submitter group. Issues included noise, dust, blasting, traffic, quarry operations, need, ecology, aviation safety and town planning.

To read the full history, issues and outcomes, click here Parklands Blue Metal PL v SCRC & Ors

Sunshine Coast Regional Council v Parklands Blue Metal Pty Ltd [2015] QPELR 695

  • Successfully resisted the Council’s application for leave to appeal against the P&E Court’s decision to approve the quarry.

Allen v Cairns & Ors [2015] QPEC 028

  • Successfully supported an application to Court for declarations about an existing use. The application involved factual and legal issues of existing lawful use rights including the definition of the use, date of commencement, material change of use and abandonment. In this case, Andrew acted as the advocate for Council.