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Ranjit Singh

LLB

Partner - Cairns

Areas of Expertise

Property, Planning & Development

Expertise

After nearly 20 years of practising law across a range of projects and clients, Ranjit maintains the drive to be a key partner in the success of his clients. With expertise across all aspects of property and projects, Ranjit has been involved in some of the defining multi-storey and large-scale developments that have made Cairns the tropical, liveable city it is today.

Importantly, Ranjit has an intrinsic knowledge of projects and understands the need to draw on the experience of construction, infrastructure and planning groups when working collaboratively within large multi-disciplinary teams, providing clients with legal support across all stages of a project. His innate ability to connect with client’s business outcomes is crucial to providing legal services to small and large businesses, as well as all levels of government.

In recognition of his skillset and achievements, Ranjit was elected Cairns President of the Urban Development Institute of Australia and appointed to the Queensland Government’s Regional Community Forum, an ongoing advisory committee to the Premier aimed at identifying and addressing key priorities for the Far North Queensland region.

Experience

Ranjit’s experience includes:

  • lead relationship conveyancing partner for Defence Housing Australia
  • acting for Queensland State Government agencies Economic Development Queensland and Public Safety Business Agency
  • acting for World Class Global, a subsidiary of Singaporean SGX-listed Aspial Corporation in relation to their North Queensland projects including Nova City, a $500,000,000 master planned development which includes 7 high-rise towers and approximately 1300 dwellings, including the acquisition of the project site, construction projects, off-the-plan contract, structuring and land tax advice
  • acting for Cairns’ largest residential builder and developer who subdivides and constructs over $80,000,000 of residential dwellings per annum in a number of private estates including all acquisitions and negotiations, construction and commercial disputes, subdivisional works and transactional instruments
  • acting for Cairns developers, including:
    • H&S Vision Pty Ltd – a number of master planned inner-CBD gated communities including the $100,000,000 Cairns One development a 500 unit complex and a 1000 lot, $300,000,000 Paradise Palms Gold Course development
    • ASX listed CEC Group in their development of the 400 unit fringe CBD Development known as the Boulevarde.
  • lead solicitor in the Supreme Court of Appeal Decision of Hedley Commercial Property Services Pty Ltd v BRCP Oasis Land Pty Ltd [2009] QCA 231 - leading decision at the time on the interpretation of the Property Agents and Motor Dealers Act 2000 (Qld)
  • lead solicitor in the Supreme Court Decision of Bluestone Holdings Pty Ltd as trustee v Juniper Property Holdings No 14 Pty Ltd [2006] QSC 219 being a dispute relating to strict compliance with BCCMA Form 14’s
  • lead solicitor in the Supreme Court of Appeal matter of Hannah & Ors v TW Hedley (Investments) Pty Ltd & Ors [2010] QCA 256 which is the leading decision of its time applying the “Bossichix Principle”
  • acting in the acquisition, planning and construction of all types of commercial developments including shopping centres, medical practices, office buildings, industrial sites and vacant development land
  • advising publicly listed foreign entities on complex FIRB and AFAD issues
  • advising clients in relation to complex contract and leasing disputes prior to and resulting in litigation
  • acting in the acquisition of a 280 lot greenfield parcel of land in Kewarra Beach
  • acting in the acquisition of a $360,000,000 parcel of land and the subsequent off the plan contracts for a 900 lot development in Mt Peter
  • acting in the acquisition of a 150 lot greenfield site in Redlynch Valley
  • acting in 180 lot of greenfield parcel and subsequent development known as Mount Sheridan Rainforest Rise
  • acting in the acquisition of a 150 lot parcel and subsequent conveyancing for the estate known as North Point Estate
  • acting in the acquisition of a 200 lot parcel of residential land in White Rock.

Publications

09 June 2021 - Knowledge

Queensland Government Bulletin

#Government

In this article, we outline the key considerations that the Government (as the seller) needs to be mindful of when entering into a Put and Call Option Agreement in a public land sale.

09 September 2020 - Knowledge

HomeBuilder: Loan confusion and obligations on home owners

#Property, Planning & Development, #COVID-19

The Queensland Government further clarify the muddy waters around the HomeBuilder grant and its distribution.

24 June 2020 - Knowledge

Federal and Queensland home builder grants

#Property, Planning & Development

Following the Federal Government’s initial announcement of the $680 million HomeBuilder scheme on 4 June. The Queensland State Government has recently unveiled a level of stimulus which has not been seen before in the new residential marketplace in North Queensland.

04 June 2020 - Knowledge

Federal Government’s new HomeBuilder scheme – who’s eligible?

#Property, Planning & Development, #COVID-19

The Federal Government announced a $680 million HomeBuilder scheme in which eligible owner-occupiers can access a $25,000 tax-free grant to help build a new home or renovate their existing property to improve its accessibility, liveability and safety. But restrictions apply. We unpack the scheme by outlining the eligibility criteria, types of eligible dwellings and the application process.

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