Neon signs, characterisation and materiality: a Brisbane seminar on recent developments in administrative law

5.30pm, 29 May 2024
Hemmant’s List Centre, Level 6, Santos Place, 32 Turbot Street

Narelle Bedford, Assistant Professor, Bond University
Ben Cramer, Assistant Crown Solicitor
Anand Shah, Barrister at Law

Christopher Schaffer, Barrister at Law

The last few years have seen significant developments in administrative law, which all Queensland-based
practitioners should be aware of. In this seminar, Anand Shah, Ben Cramer and Narelle Bedford will
discuss recent developments in materiality, decisions of an administrative character for the purposes of
Part 3 of the Judicial Review Act 1991 (Qld), and the obligation to afford individuals procedural fairness.

Narelle Bedford is President of the Qld Chapter of the AIAL and is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of
Law at Bond University, where she teaches and researches in administrative law. Narelle’s interest in
administrative law is deliberately person-centred and not purely theoretical.
Narelle will present on Brisbane City Council v Leahy [2023] QCA 133, in which the Queensland Court of
Appeal has recently considered the extent of the obligation on government decision makers to accord
procedural fairness and who may be a person affected by a decision to approve a large neon sign.

Ben Cramer joined Crown Law in 2015. He has worked in the area of administrative law and judicial
review litigation in both government and private legal practice for over 20 years. He regularly advises
Queensland government agencies and statutory bodies in relation to judicial review proceedings, QCAT
merits review proceedings, privacy and RTI issues, and decision-making generally.
Ben will examine two recent cases on when a decision is ‘a decision of an administrative character made…
under an enactment’ for the purposes of Part 3 of the Judicial Review Act 1991 (Qld): Lehrmann v
Queensland Police Service [2023] QSC 238, and Hunt v Gerrard, Chief Health Officer [2022] QCA 263.

Anand Shah has been in private practice for over 30 years, first as a solicitor for 11 years, and then as a
barrister. Anand’s areas of practice include administrative law, commercial litigation, defamation, wills &
estates and human rights. Anand will be presenting on the latest from the High Court on ‘materiality’ as regards jurisdictional error.

Admission is free to members of AIAL and $35 for non-members.

Please book via the Eventbrite link below

Inquiries can be directed to the AIAL (Queensland Chapter) Secretary, Mr Matthew Paterson at

CLE/CPD points are available if this webinar is relevant to your immediate or long term needs in relation to your professional
development and practice of the law. Please contact your local law society for further details.