JIMMY HANNAFORD, Senior Associate



  • Bachelor of Laws, Sydney University

  • Practical Legal Training Course, College of Law

  • Admitted to the Supreme Court of New South Wales

  • Unrestricted Practicing Certificate and admitted to Practice as a Barrister and Solicitor in NSW

  • Trade in Carpentry & Joinery at Randwick TAFE.

Areas of Practice:

  • Environmental law and planning disputes

  • Local Government, planning and development

  • Property and construction advice and disputes

  • General commercial law dispute resolution and litigation

Jimmy brings more than 29 years of experience to our Cessnock team, specialising in Local Government, planning, development & Environmental law. His biggest strength in the workplace is the provision of incisive, strong ethics, plain English legal advice and adaptability to changing circumstances and client demands.

Jimmy has a keen interest in ensuring developments are economically and environmentally responsible and sustainable. Jimmy is also passionate about the promotion of sustainable farming practises, protection of our agricultural land and the environmentally responsible use and protection of our waterways and agricultural resources.

Jimmy’s experience has seen him practice across a broad range of jurisdictions including advice with respect to the Local Government Act, the Environmental Planning & Assessment Act and all associated legislation, Regulations, Planning Instruments & Policies. He also conducts litigation in respect all matters pertaining to the operations of Local Government & the application of Environmental Law including development, regulatory functions, compulsory land acquisition and compensation, criminal prosecutions and prohibitive injunctions.

Jimmy provides regular advocacy, in the Local Court, the Land & Environment Court, and regularly briefs Counsel in matters before the NSW Supreme Court and Court of Appeal.

When Jimmy isn’t working hard for his clients, you’ll likely find him on the end of a rod, fly fishing or spending quality time with his family and children. His endless pursuit of Trout fishing has literally taken him around the world. Jimmy has a wonderful sense of humour and the ability to relate to and work harmoniously with colleagues and clients.