Luke was called to the bar in 2021 and practises primarily in proceedings related to the use and development of land including planning appeals and originating applications, enforcement proceedings, resumption and valuation disputes.  He also accepts briefs in general commercial and administrative law matters, particularly those relating to land use or real property.

Before coming to the bar, Luke was an associate to a judge of the Federal Circuit Court of Australia and District Court of Queensland and worked as a solicitor in the Planning, Environment and Government group of a national law firm, finishing as Special Counsel.

As a solicitor, Luke instructed or appeared in all state courts and instructed in matters in the High Court of Australia.  He has also acted in matters in the Federal Circuit Court and Federal Court of Australia.

His experience includes:-

  • acting for a landowner in relation to declaratory proceedings in the Supreme Court of Queensland, Queensland Court of Appeal and High Court of Australia concerning the historical dedication of roads in the Brisbane CBD;
  • acting for major developers in relation to the development of state heritage places;
  • acting for developers in respect of the development of large master-planned residential estates and tower developments;
  • acting for an international developer in respect of litigation concerning the remediation of brown field sites; and
  • acting in various enforcement proceedings and regulatory prosecutions.

Luke holds honours degrees in Arts (majoring in Political Science and History) and Laws from the University of Queensland.


Areas of Practice:




Judicial Review

Professional Negligence


Resource and Energy

Planning and Environment

Compulsory Acquisition

Valuation and Rating

LLB (Hons) – University of Queensland

BA (Hons) – University of Queensland

  • Lawyer (Queensland) – 2015
  • Solicitor (High Court of Australia) – 2015
  • Barrister (Queensland and High Court of Australia) – 2021
  • Queensland Environmental Law Association
  • Bar Association of Queensland
  • “Planning and Environment Court” in Queensland Court Forms, Pleadings and Precedents (LexisNexis), Co-Author.
  • “The construction of town planning consents under the Local Government Act 1936 (Qld): Bucknell v Townsville City Council” in Local Government Reporter (2021) Vol 20, No 2.
Luke Walker


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