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Paul Leadbeter

Senior Lecturer
University of Adelaide


Paul Leadbeter joined the Adelaide Law School in January 2010 as a Senior Lecturer. Prior to that he had been a partner in the Adelaide law firm, Norman Waterhouse where as a member of that firm's Environment and Planning team he had provided advice and representation to the firm's significant local government client base and private clients. Paul commenced legal practice at Stratford and Co in 1982. He moved from there to a position as the Legal Officer for the City of Tea Tree Gully and in late 1985 joined what was then the firm of Norman,Waterhouse and Mutton, becoming a partner in 1988 where he remained until 1995 when he retired from the partnership and took up a position as Director of the Australian Centre for Environmental Law and Senior Lecturer at the University of Adelaide Law School .He returned to private practice at the end of 1999 and rejoined Norman Waterhouse as a partner in 2001. During his time in practice Paul undertook considerable advocacy work in the Planning Appeal Tribunal and its replacement (after 1993), the Environment, Resources and Development Court. He was also the solicitor responsible for managing many appellate matters in the Supreme Court of South Australia and on a number of occasions, the High Court of Australia.Paul has commenced study towards a PhD at the University of Adelaide in the area of water law. Paul teaches in the areas of environmental law, international environmental law, and property law and has research interests in environmental and land use planning law,water law and public law( particularly as it affects the roles, responsibilities and governance arrangements for local government authorities).

Research Interest

Environmental Law Land-use planning law and policy Water law Public law

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