Sherwell Harrison Munro Lawyers


Who we are

Sherwell Harrison Munro Lawyers is a boutique law firm providing legal services to Local Government, Statutory Authorities and other regulatory bodies.     

We are passionate about what we do and why we do it.  We are committed to our clients and recognise that they face constant challenges complying with governance requirements, ensuring regulatory compliance and economic uncertainty.  Sherwell Harrison Munro Lawyers was created specifically to provide expert legal services that are value for money.   

How can we help you?

We have a thorough understanding of the legislative framework in which Local Government and other regulatory bodies operate.  We also have a detailed understanding of the legislation which our clients are responsible for including:

  • Planning and Environment Act 1987;
  • Food Act 1984;
  • Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008;
  • Environment Protection Act 1970;
  • Domestic Animals Act 1994;
  • Building Act 1993;
  • Water Act 1989; and
  • Local Laws.   

We have extensive experience advising and representing clients on a range of matters including, prosecutions, proceedings in the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal and proceedings in the Supreme Court of Victoria. 

We are available to assist our clients with all regulatory matters including, unpaid registrations, formulating strategies for approaching a difficult problem and project managing high profile, difficult disputes from start to completion. 

We are also available to provide your Authorised Officers with general and specific training to ensure that your officers are suitably qualified and are using industry best practice in relation to investigation, interviewing and knowledge of the law.

Contact Mat Sherwell to find out how we can help you on (03) 9021 3290 or 0468 921 993.

In Focus

The recent announcement by City of Melbourne to refund money in relation to parking infringements reminds us of the importance of authorisations and delegations.

The Road Safety Act 1986 and the Infringements Act 2006 regulate the process of issuing and serving a parking infringement, issuing penalty reminder notices and accepting or rejecting statements under Part 6AA of the Road Safety Act 1986.  People who are involved in this process are required to be appropriately authorised or delegated the power to do so.

The failure to have appropriately authorised or delegated people may have an impact on the ability to retain money received in relation to parking infringements.

If you would like a copy of our  memorandum which identifies the steps and who can carry out the steps please contact Mat Sherwell on:

If you have any queries in relation to this please contact us to discuss. 


The Supreme Court of Victoria - Court of Appeal decision of Isbester v Knox City Council [2014] VSCA 214, held that the decision to destroy a dog was not unlawful.  Importantly, the decision clarifies the requirements of Council making a decision to destroy a dog.

Find a copy of the decision here

In Isbester v Knox City Council [2014] VSC 286, Justice Emerton was required to consider whether the decision made by a delegate of Council to destroy a dog pursuant to section 84P of the Domestic Animals Act 1994 was lawful.

The Court held that the decision was lawful however, the decision is instructive in relation to the decision making process and how delegates of Council may approach the requirement to give natural justice. 

A copy of the decision is provided via the link below.


contact US


PO Box 5000,  Hughesdale Victoria 3166

(03) 9021 3290 or (03) 9021 3291

(03) 8609 1319

0468 921 993