“We are greatly saddened to have received the news of Phil’s passing and our hearts go out to his family at this very difficult time,” said Matthew Hibbins, Managing Partner MinterEllison Melbourne. “Our whole firm extends its deepest sympathies to Phil’s wife, Marianne, his sons, Chris and Andrew, and his daughter, Adrienne,”
Phil was a leading town planning and property development lawyer who had previously worked as a qualified town planner. His experience spanned a wide range of projects including those in major urban renewal, infill residential, major shopping centre developments, retirement and aged care centres, and in the tourism and leisure sectors.
“Phil was an outstanding lawyer, well known and respected in the planning and environment sector both in Victoria and Australia. He was a man of great integrity and humility. He always went above and beyond to help others out whenever the situation called,” said Matthew.
Matthew noted that Phil was sought after in the market for his advice on planning and development approvals, environmental assessments, and also in regard to a broad range of issues, such as planning agreements, heritage and liquor approvals. In addition, he brought extensive experience as a solicitor advocate or counsel/junior counsel to specialist planning Queen's Counsel, in a range of planning and environmental jurisdictions.
“Phil was a well-loved member of our partnership and a generous mentor to many young lawyers over his career,” said Matthew Hibbins. “He was passionate about horse racing and was also a keen golfer who will be greatly missed by all his friends and work colleagues. He earned the respect of clients and colleagues everywhere. Once again, our thoughts and prayers are with Marianne, Christopher, Andrew and Adrienne at this time of profound sadness.”