Full Name: Mr Sean McArdle
Mobile: 0439322681
Chambers: Isaacs Chambers
Room: 1214
Date of Admission: 12 Nov 2013
Called to the Bar: 2 May 2019
Qualifications: BEng (Mech) (Hons), LLB (Hons), Grad. Dip. Urban Planning (Hons)
Previous Occupation: Solicitor, engineer


Sean is an experienced urban planning and environmental professional, with over 8 years’ dedicated experience in this field.

Before joining the Bar, Sean worked as an engineer (specialising in acoustics), town planner and planning solicitor for leading firms. Sean has a double degree in Mechanical Engineering and Law from Monash University, and a Graduate Diploma of Urban Planning from RMIT.

As a solicitor at Norton Rose Fulbright, Sean had the carriage of several significant planning matters, which included major development proposals for hospitals, universities and aged care facilities. Sean has thorough experience across all aspects of planning and environment litigation processes in VCAT, Planning Panels Victoria, the Heritage Council of Victoria and the Supreme Court of Victoria.

As an engineer, Sean’s work focussed on undertaking noise assessments for town planning purposes. He regularly assisted in preparing expert evidence statements and developed expertise in relation to wind farm noise and the management of land use conflict between industry, live music venues and proposed residential development. Sean assisted the State Government in drafting the Live Music and Entertainment Noise particular provision in the Victoria Planning Provisions and has published both technical and planning based articles concerning the ‘agent of change’ principle.

Sean is reading with Barnaby Chessell and his senior mentor is Adrian Finanzio SC. 

He is accepting briefs across the full range of planning and environment matters.

He is a member of the Victorian Planning and Environmental Law Association.  


Areas of Practice

Environmental Law & Planning Law

Public Law & Administrative Law

From 17 May 2019, liability limited by a scheme approved under Professional Standards Legislation.

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