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Robert Lyons

LLB, BA

Special Counsel - Brisbane

Areas of Expertise

Property & Real Estate

Expertise

Robert is a special counsel in our Property & Real Estate team.  With over 15 years’ experience in private practice, Robert understands not only the legal principles underpinning property law but also its commercial drivers. He has a strong and proven track record in a broad range of commercial property transactions. While his practice is specialised in the property and hospitality field, his client base and range of experience within that field is broad.

Experience

Robert’s expertise includes:

Hospitality

  • provides advice on complex compliance and unusual liquor licensing and gaming issues to both state and national clients 
  • hospitality and licensing regulations, as well as acquisition and divestment of hotels and hospitality businesses
  • acted on behalf of an international hotel chain in relation to the liquor licensing requirements for its properties in Queensland.

Renewable energy

  • reviewing and advising on existing solar and wind farm option, lease and easement documentation granted in relation to large pastoral holdings, on  behalf of buyers of the holdings
  • acting for solar and wind farm tenants in renegotiating aspects of their long-term leases with the land owners
  • conducting extensive due diligence on behalf of an experienced solar and wind farm project operator, in relation to the acquisition of several projects.  The projects included both existing operations, and those still under option with the landowners.  The due diligence involved examination and critique of all existing lease, option and contract documentation and all usual aspects of property due diligence.

Commercial property

  • large scale commercial property transactions including acquisitions and disposals of CBD and office buildings, hotels, pubs and clubs
  • rural property acquisitions and disposals (including some of the largest rural holdings in Queensland)
  • commercial, retail and industrial leasing
  • community title development
  • negotiation and drafting of development agreements
  • advice on taxation and revenue aspects of transactions
  • personal property securities compliance and advisory
  • advisory on regulatory issues affecting the property and development sector, such as building energy efficiency disclosure compliance and property occupation licensing.

Publications

07 October 2020 - Knowledge

Queensland extends COVID-19 relief measures for retail and commercial tenants

#Property & Real Estate, #COVID-19

The Queensland Government has announced a three-month extension to some of its COVID-19 commercial lease relief measures, but with some changes including eligibility requirements.

17 July 2020 - Knowledge

Queensland offers ex gratia relief from Land Tax Foreign Surcharge

#Property & Real Estate, #COVID-19

The Queensland Government has granted relief – in limited circumstances – to foreign landowners from the Land Tax Foreign Surcharge. We set out the four key conditions that must be met for this relief to apply.

15 April 2020 - Knowledge

Land tax relief for Queensland landlords – with a catch

#Property & Real Estate, #COVID-19

The Queensland Government has announced a major land tax relief package to assist the State’s property owners during the coronavirus pandemic. Who is eligible? Are there any strings attached?

05 February 2020 - Knowledge

Relief for Queensland pub owners in 2020

#Property & Real Estate

Legislative changes that took effect at the end of 2019 have given Queensland pub owners some relief in running their businesses. We examine these changes and see how they benefit the industry.

10 December 2019 - Knowledge

Court of Appeal bowls over Strike’s argument

#Property & Real Estate

We examine a recent court case between a landlord and a recreation tenant that has given some guidance on the interpretation of common market rent review clauses in commercial leases.