City Plan’s Paul Mitchell joins the team presenting PIA’s Planet 2020 upcoming information session – “Skills You Need to Know to be a Good Expert Witness” to be held on Thursday 29 October.


Do you want to be a confident expert witness? This half-day workshop will examine recent case law as well as draw on real life practical experiences.

Designed For:

Town Planners, Urban Designers and Strategic Planners.

Learning Outcomes:

  • To understand the legislative requirements for an expert witness;
  • To be aware of the requirements that exist for expert witnesses in matters before the Land and Environment Court of NSW;
  • To draw on the real-life practical experiences of adjudicators and experienced practitioners in the Land and Environment Court of NSW; and
  • To be aware of recent case law relating to expert witnesses.


Graham Brown MPIA (Fellow) – Past Commissioner of Land & Environment Court

Graham has recently retired as a Commissioner and Senior Commissioner of the Land and Environment Court of NSW after 21 years.

During this time Graham heard over 2000 appeals on a wide range of planning and related issues.

Prior to that, Graham was the Director of Planning Services at Baulkham Hills Shire Council (now The Hills Shire Council) where he oversaw the urbanisation of large parts of the local government area, including the Rouse Hill Release Area as well as subdivision, development control, building, health and waste and recycling services.

Graham currently sits as Chair or Expert Member on five Local Planning Panels. He is a Fellow of the Planning Institute of Australia and a Nationally Accredited Mediator.

Paul Mitchell OAM, MPIA (Fellow) – Director Major Projects (City Plan)

Paul is an Australian and international leader in planning service delivery. He has expertise in strategic planning, environmental assessment and expert testimony.

He is a state appointed member of the Sydney District Planning Panels and a former national board member of the Planning Institute of Australia.

In 2004 Paul was admitted to the Order of Australia for services to the community, environmental resources management and planning.

Event Details:

Date: Thursday 29 October 2020

Time: 9:00am – 12:30pm AEDT

Venue: Online (Zoom access details will be sent prior to the session)

Cost: $205 (PIA Member), $295 (Non-Member)

For more information or to register for this event Click here