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Peter Nugent


Partner - Brisbane

Areas of Expertise

Property, Planning & Development


Peter has over 30 years’ experience with property development and is a recognised expert on structuring property developments involving mixed uses, shared facilities and multiple stages.  Peter has acted for some of Australia’s leading developers, as well as banks, managers, and bodies corporate.

Peter has been listed in the 2018 to 2022 edition of The Best Lawyers in Australia for Real Property Law. He is also recognised in the 2017 to 2021 edition of Doyles Guide as a recommended lawyer in Property & Real Estate Law for Queensland. 

Peter has extensive experience with:

  • development agreements for major projects
  • structuring master-planned developments
  • development and planning advice for major projects
  • off-the-plan sales, including for substantial commercial properties
  • major property sales and purchases, and associated due diligence and sale preparation
  • development and joint venture agreements for retail, commercial, residential and industrial projects
  • infrastructure agreements
  • body corporate law and management rights
  • major property leasing, including managing shopping centre and commercial building leasing teams
  • managing residential property sales by developers
  • retirement villages and manufactured home parks
  • hotel developments and sales and purchases and hotel agreements.


Peter’s property experience includes:

  • the drafting and negotiating the development agreement and infrastructure agreement with the State of Queensland for the Toondah Harbour Priority Development Area, which is a major redevelopment of the Moreton Bay ferry port that will include new transport infrastructure and up to 3000 apartments as well as retail and commercial development, a marina and substantial new public realm areas
  • drafting and negotiating the development agreement with the Sunshine Coast Regional Council for the Maroochydore City Centre Priority Development Area to provide for a new city centre and mixed use precinct developed over more than 50 hectares and including substantial retail and commercial projects, public realm for a new city heart and more than 3000 new homes
  • acting for Frasers Property for the sales of the Starwood Hotel, the UTS Graduate School of Health and the Retail Shopping Centre in Central Park, Chippendale (each comprising separate stratum lots)
  • capital transactions for the Chermside Shopping Centre, Australia Fair Shopping Centre Southport; the Myer Centre Brisbane; and numerous office buildings in Brisbane and Sydney including 348 and 60 Edward Street, 150 Charlotte Street, 260 and 300 Queen Street
  • leading development and urban renewal projects including — North Shore Hamilton, Bretts Wharf Hamilton; Hope Island Resort; Sanctuary Cove; South City Square Woolloongabba and West Village in West End
  • numerous staged and single building apartment projects including — the Sebel developments in Brisbane and Noosa; Ellington in Teneriffe; Evolution Apartments North Quay, One Macquarie Newstead and Hercules Apartments North Shore Hamilton
  • negotiating and drafting legislation changes needed to resolve titling issues for Bretts Wharf Hamilton and Hope Island Resort
  • commercial, retail and industrial development projects including acting in respect of the Coronation Drive Office Park, Milton Brisbane; Somerville Shopping Centre in Mornington Peninsula; the Citiswich Industrial Park in Ipswich; the Computer Sciences Corporation, Mayne Nickless and Microsoft buildings in Macquarie Park; the Ikea Mega Centre in Rhodes; the Port of Townsville; and multi-modal transport projects serving the Port of Borany
  • negotiating and drafting the infrastructure agreements for the Bromelton State Develoment Area – which is an inter-modal transport and industrial hub – and the Caloundra to the Mooloolah River section of the CAMCOS corridor.


03 June 2020 - Knowledge

Retail Shop Leases and Other Commercial Leases (COVID-19 Emergency Response) Regulation 2020

#Property, Planning & Development, #COVID-19

The Retail Shop Leases and Other Commercial Leases (COVID-19 Emergency Response) Regulation 2020 is made under the COVID-19 Emergency Response Act 2020 (COVID Act) with the purpose to implement the National Cabinet Mandatory Code of Conduct.

24 March 2020 - Knowledge

Dealing with COVID-19 as a landlord

#Property, Planning & Development, #COVID-19

COVID-19 has had a massive impact on business conditions and is radically affecting the use of business premises. In this article we look at the key issues for landlords.

10 December 2019 - Knowledge

E-conveyancing under the competition microscope

#Property, Planning & Development

The ACCC has recommended a new round of regulatory development to ensure that the PEXA e-conveyancing system does not become a monopoly.

12 November 2019 - Knowledge

Federal Court holds that a lease clause for the sale of electricity was unenforceable

#Property, Planning & Development

The National Energy Retail Law (NERL) regulates the retail sale of electricity and gas, though there are State by State changes to the application of that law.

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