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Norman Waterhouse
With over 25 years’ experience, Peter is recognised as a leading environment, planning and development lawyer in South Australia. His approach to legal practice is simple: give accurate advice that is practical, easy to understand, and outcomes-focussed. And in a timely manner.

About Peter

After being admitted to practice in 1998, Peter worked at the Crown Solicitor’s Office where he was assistant to the Solicitor-General (Brad Selway QC), and then an in-house lawyer for the Environment Protection Authority.

He moved to a specialist environment and development firm, where he acted for that the firm’s private sector, developer and institutional clients in town planning, environment and natural resource management matters.

In 2009, Peter joined Norman Waterhouse as a Partner, now Principal, in the Environment and Planning Team.

In that capacity, Peter advises and represents government and private clients in his areas of specialty, including town planning and development, land management, environment protection, site contamination, compulsory acquisition, property and infrastructure related matters.

Peter appears regularly as counsel in the Environment, Resources and Development Court in planning and development appeals, enforcement matters and environmental matters. He has also appeared, and represents clients, in the Supreme Court of South Australia in judicial review and appellate matters.

Peter also lectures and tutors Environmental Law topics in the University of Adelaide / Law Society of South Australia Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice course.


  • Town Planning
  • Environment protection
  • Development
  • Infrastructure
  • Site contamination
  • Land division
  • Native vegetation
  • Building/fire safety
  • Regulated trees
  • Heritage conservation
  • Environmental prosecutions/defence
  • Compulsory acquisition
  • Development agreements
  • Community land
  • Property
  • Local government
  • Judicial review


  • Doyle's Guide: Leading Practitioner, Planning & Environment 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
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