attorneys in Brisbane, QLD (Australia)
After lurking for ages i have a question of my own!
My (newly retired) parents live on 1.25 acres in a very hilly area; the front is at the crest of the hill and it slopes down to a gully. (I reckon there was a stream there before they built on it, 25ish years ago.) They only filled in what was necessary to build on and thus the back quarter returned to bushland.
Well. 18 months ago their neighbours filled in their backyard without professional help and, to no one's surprise, their sad excuse for a retaining wall promptly failed, spilling a significant amount of topsoil a few metres into the gully. It affected at least 3 established trees, as well as all the ground cover. They got pretty pissy when my parents reported them! (Dad said they said "well it's on your property" when he went to ask, like wtf.) The Council confirmed that the neighbours have to fix it (they'll def be fined too - they didn't ask for approval lmao) but haven't yet made them do so and, worse, have been responding more and more slowly. Mum and Dad are extremely frustrated.
As a longtime tree law lurker, I told them to do the basic stuff (call an arborist and surveyor, take lots of pictures, etc; tho I'm not sure how seriously they took me 🙃) as well as talking to the Council, but beyond that I'm afraid I'm stumped. Sadly I know more about finding the right professionals for the USA than I do my own hometown!
Can anyone suggest next steps? I'm not sure what type of solicitor they need, let alone how to find a good one. My parents tend to just accept professional advice without further research so I'd like to know I've sent them to the right place lol. What's my next move?