Margie Tannock’s practice focuses on advising clients from all sectors on statutory approvals, corporate governance, compliance and public law. She works closely with clients to resolve regulatory risk across all aspects in corporate decision making, especially relating to major projects, environmental, planning and land access authorisations.

    Margie delivers strategic advice and commercial solutions involving property and infrastructure developments. She has advised on regulatory permitting and licencing for major resource and energy projects, including port, rail and electricity generation. She works for a number of major property developers, in planning, land compensation and environmental litigation.

    Margie has worked for the Commonwealth Director of Prosecutions in corporate criminal prosecutions, and has significant understanding of the legislative framework that governs the actions of company boards.

    With long-term experience in public law, she advises many statutory authorities, including universities, private colleges, redevelopment authorities, local governments and state government departments. She has a particular focus on governance within these organisations, including advising executive councils and officer holders on obligations and liabilities.

    Margie served as a foundation member on the Advisory Board of the Centre for the Built Environment and Health, a research institute within the University of Western Australia. Margie is formerly the chair of the Governance Committee for the West Australian Cricket Association and is a Board Member of Fashion Council (WA) and St. Catherine's College (UWA). 

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    Regulatory Approvals – Land Developments

    • Providing advice to the City of Perth in relation to the WAPC’s acquisition of the Esplanade Reserve for the Perth Waterfront Project. Our involvement in this acquisition has required the provision of advice on the compulsory acquisition mechanisms of state and local government, road closures, valuation methods, drafting and negotiation of the deed, and the provision of advice relating to leaseholder rights.
    • Advising a Western Australian manufacturing company on compensation issues arising out of the imposition of a planning control area, including involvement in strategic negotiations with state planning agency and at ministerial level.
    • Acting for local government in preparing detailed submissions and negotiations on proposed rural development policies, including grape and olive projects by major investment funds.
    • Advising and preparing reports on subdivision and development proposals, including evaluation of sustainability strategies (state and local), liaison with Western Australian Planning Commission and local interest groups.
    • Advising commercial land owners on problems associated with buffer areas claimed by Water Corporation in the Peel Region.
    • Acting for metropolitan local government in proposed rezoning of rural land for a tourist development, resulting in mediated outcome with developer and residents' group opposing the development.
    • Acting for Edith Cowan University on major health infrastructure project, including negotiation of complex funding agreements with federal and state governments; advice on procurement and land tenure; planning and licensing advice.

    Global Compliance Solutions

    Margie has long-term experience in government, regulatory engagement, compliance and enforcement. She has worked for federal and local governments, in prosecution and compliance roles. She advises clients on investigations; audits; compliance and enforcement; evaluation of market risks; strategic corporate compliance tools; dealing with demands from multiple regulatory agencies and global risk assessment and compliance solutions.

    Data Protection/Privacy/Cybersecurity

    • Engaged as legal adviser on investigation  team with KPMG Forensic to advise on major data evaluation undertaken on multiple devices, involving corruption probe by state corruption commission, provision of advice on data integrity for evidential purposes, advice on statutory disclosure provisions and cybersecurity implications.
    • Advised board of major contractor engaged in government and corporate infrastructure and resource projects on management of risks associated in data protection, particularly relating to procurement processes for foreign contracts. 
    • Engaged as resource company’s external legal advisor to assist with preparation and adoption of company policies and protocols to manage data protection and cybersecurity for Australian operations; review and analysis of comparable policies for client’s international operations.
    • Advising an Australian university on privacy and disclosure obligations for student and external claimants under state, federal and Singaporean jurisdictions.
    • Advising corporate clients on privacy requirements for employee applications, staffing evaluations and performance reviews.

    Energy and Resource Sectors

    • Advising LaFargeHolcim on application requirements and advice on risk management for exploration and miscellaneous licenses for Native Title, including an access agreement for the use of roads.
    • Advising Boral Contracting regarding encroachment of mining lease into adjacent application area; negotiating agreement on objection area application.
    • Provision of planning and access advice to Hancock Prospecting Pty Ltd on implication of special railway licence and extended area; providing advice and negotiation of approvals required under local and state legislation.
    • Negotiating major state and federal environmental approvals for Roy Hill Mine (AU$10 billion project).
    • Providing advice and representation to Holcim regarding an application for planning approval and extractive industry licenses for an existing quarry at Bunbury.
    • Advised TransAlta Corporation on regulatory requirements for the acquisition of the 125 megawatt dual-fuel Solomon Power Station from FMG Limited for US$300 million and an associated long term Power Purchase Agreement for the supply of power to FMG’s iron ore mining operations in Western Australia. It also involved specialist advice concerning predominately the approvals and regimes for the industry and environment, carbon charges and land access.
    • Advice on wind farm project in Western Australia, particularly regulatory regimes applicable to the establishment of a wind farm and environmental impacts.
    • Advise to major solar energy company on building licence approvals and regulations.


    • The University of Western Australia, LL.B., 1989
    • The University of Western Australia, J.D., 1988


    • Supreme Court of Western Australia, 1990


    • High Court of Australia
    • Recognised by Best Lawyers in Australia 2020 as a leading Real Property Lawyer
    • Recommended in The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2018 in Regulatory compliance and investigations, Australia
    • Ranked by Chambers Asia Pacific 2013 as a key individual 
    • Described as 'an excellent lawyer' in Doyle's Guide 2012

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