Justice Preston is the Chief Judge of the Land and Environment Court of New South Wales. Prior to being appointed in November 2005, he was a senior counsel practising primarily in New South Wales in environmental, planning, administrative and property law. He has lectured in post-graduate environmental law for over 25 years. He is the author of Australia’s first book on environmental litigation and 103 articles, book chapters and reviews on environmental law, administrative and criminal law. He holds numerous editorial positions in environmental law publications and has been involved in a number of international environmental consultancies and capacity-building programs, including for judiciaries throughout Asia.
Justice Preston is an Official Member of the Judicial Commission of NSW, Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law, Fellow of the Royal Society of NSW, Honorary Fellow of the Environment Institute of the Australia and New Zealand and also a member of various international environmental law committees and advisory boards. He is currently an Adjunct Professor at the University of Sydney and at Western Sydney University.