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Our People


Chris Shaw

Chris is the Principal of Shaw Reynolds Lawyers. 


He is recognised as a leading expert in administrative, local government, planning and environmental law and is ranked as one of the leading Planning and Environmental Lawyers in New South Wales. 


He advises local and state government bodies, corporations and individuals on their legal responsibilities with respect to property related issues.  This includes issues that arise during the acquisition and assessment stage of projects through to the development approval, modification and construction stages.  He also regularly appears on behalf of clients in the NSW Land and Environment Court and the Supreme Court. 


Chris has acted on projects in NSW, Queensland, Victoria, Tasmania and Western Australia.  He regularly lectures on local government, planning and environmental law.


Chris acts as Chairperson or Sole Reviewer for various Councils when Code of Conduct issues arise.  He is a member of the NSW Land and Environment Court’s User Committee. 


He chairs the Planning Committee and the Planning Reform Subcommittee for the Property Council of Australia (NSW Division) and the Complaints Committee and the Judicial Tribunal for the Australian Property Institute. 


In July 2015 he was appointed as a Director of the NSW Crown Holiday Parks Trust by the NSW Minister for Lands and Water. 


He sits on the Governance Committee of the Australian Property Institute and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. 


He is a Director of NSW Water Polo and a judicial member of NSW Waterpolo and Sydney Rugby Union (Juniors) and the Patron of the Palm Beach Golf Club.

Ian Ratcliff

Ian has solid experience in public law, and appears and advises across a broad range of jurisdictions.  His practice at Shaw Reynolds includes advising on a range of environmental, planning and local government matters, for both local government and commercial clients.


Robecca Cunningham

Robecca is a Solicitor with Shaw Reynolds Lawyers.  Robecca has a background in both law and civil engineering.  She has held senior roles at State Water, including asset management, risk and safety assessment and management, project management, and high-level technical advisory.  Since joining Shaw Reynolds Robecca has worked on a variety of matters in planning, environment and local government matters for both Councils and private clients.


Alyce Kliese


With her engineering background and experience as a Solicitor, Alyce brings a valuable perspective to the administrative, local government, planning and environmental law sectors. 

Alyce is a member of the Planning Committee for the Property Council of Australia, and is also member of the Planning Committee for the Urban Development Institute of Australia. In these roles she contributes to policy submissions and policy development in New South Wales.

Alyce supplements her legal career as a Teaching Fellow at the University of New South Wales. In this capacity, she prepares and delivers coursework to postgraduate students studying the Juris Doctor and is involved in digital uplift projects within the Law faculty to adapt course content for online delivery. She also guest lectures on Environment and Planning Law at Macquarie University.

Alyce is also the editor and founder of The Development Site, which is a website that posts regular articles about environmental, planning and construction law issues in New South Wales.