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Land Resumption

Sunshine Coast Land Resumption Lawyers

Butler McDermott is the Sunshine Coast’s expert law firm, experienced in representing clients facing the compulsory acquisition of land. If you have received notice that a government authority plans to resume (or compulsorily acquire) all or part of your property, it is time to call us for advice.  

Compulsory land acquisition notices

Whether the compulsory land acquisition notice has come as an unpleasant shock or you’ve been waiting in dread for its arrival for some time, we have the knowledge and experience to advise you on the most advantageous way forward in your circumstances.

Our experienced team of compulsory acquisition lawyers will help you understand your legal rights should you wish to object to the resumption of your land. We will cut through the confusion, guiding you step by step through the challenges of:

  • calculating a fair resumption compensation amount
  • preparing objections to unfair offers
  • preparing applications to the Land Court in respect to the determination of compensation entitlements.

Why choose Butler McDermott as your compulsory acquisition lawyers?

When you engage us as your land resumption lawyers, you’ll get the backing of a firm that:

  • Is one of the oldest, most established law firms in the Sunshine Coast, with over 100 years of continual practice.  
  • Has an established history of successful claims for compensation negotiated and settled before the necessity to proceed to the Land Court. 
  • Has successfully represented numerous claimants where cases proceeded to appear before the Land Court. 
  • Can confidently and effectively deal with experts called in to give evidence in compulsory acquisition cases. 
  • Is highly engaged in the local community.  
  • Offers trusted, caring, and friendly legal assistance to all clients. 

Meet Our Land Resumption Team

At Butler McDermott, we know that receiving a compulsory acquisition notice is rarely a pleasant experience. In fact, it is usually accompanied by a great deal of stress and uncertainty. Taking advice from an experienced, reliable, and knowledgeable land resumption lawyer is crucial to ensure that you fully understand your rights and obligations.

Simone Faunt


Brent King


Brent works as a litigation lawyer, providing litigation legal advice in relation to both civil and criminal law matters, including:
  • Defamation Claims
  • Contract and Debt Disputes
  • Building and Construction Disputes
  • Planning Matters
  • Criminal Law and Traffic Legal Matters
Having grown up on the Sunshine Coast and joining Butler McDermott after the completion of his studies, Brent appreciates the needs of our clients, and brings a particularly commercial approach to litigation. Brent is a member of the Queensland Law Society and the Sunshine Coast Law Association, and has litigated a wide variety of matters in the Magistrates, District and Supreme Courts.

Peter Boyce


Peter has been practising as a Nambour Solicitor since 1977 and joined Butler McDermott Lawyers the same year.

With over 40 years practicing as a Sunshine Coast lawyer, Peter has extensive knowledge of various facets of law.

He has practised in all areas of litigation and has special interests in:

  • Criminal law
  • Civil and Commercial litigation
  • Retirement Village matters
  • Sports law
  • Resumption of land and compensation claims


Peter has specialised knowledge of and experience with resumption matters as a result of the Traveston Dam project, road corridors, Main Roads and water pipeline. He is renowned for his professional approach and is an experienced and determined advocate.

Al Upton


After arriving at Butler McDermott Lawyers in 2016, Al quickly progressed to running our Wills and Estates section and has successfully litigated disputes in the Supreme and District Courts of Queensland in the early stages of his career.

In the years that followed Al has now moved to assist our clients with commercial and property matters having achieved positive outcomes in that area as well as general litigation. Al’s experience has him uniquely placed to provide quality advice in the areas of property, commercial, wills and estates and general litigation.

Al is involved in giving back to the community, sitting on the board for the Daniel Morcombe Foundation and Sundale Community Foundation. He otherwise became a director of Butler McDermott Lawyers in November 2021.