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Vanessa Scrivener


Special Counsel - Sydney

Areas of Expertise

Property, Planning & Development


Vanessa has over 10 years’ experience acting in property transactions and in particular for landlords and tenants in all aspects of complex leasing. Vanessa’s areas of expertise covers commercial, retail and residential property transactions including acquisitions and sales, major leasing, related due diligence and ancillary agreements.

Vanessa acts for a variety of clients, including superannuation funds, corporations, developers, government agencies, leading national retail chains and international brands. Vanessa has completed mediation training and accreditation with the Resolution Institute.


Vanessa’s recent experience includes:

  • acting in the acquisition and sale of shopping centres Australia-wide
  • acting in the acquisition of industrial sites in South West Sydney, South West Melbourne and Central Queensland
  • acting in the acquisition and sale of A-grade office towers, including joint ventures
  • conducting and advising on due diligence in property transactions
  • advising on issues arising with the ownership and management of property assets
  • drafting, negotiating and advising on section 88B instruments for a variety of clients, including developers
  • drafting and negotiating complex put and call option deeds
  • drafting, reviewing, advising on, negotiating and settling disclosure documents, agreement for leases, leases, subleases, incentive deeds and ancillary agreements for landlords and major tenants
  • acting for renewable energy companies on options to lease, leases, easements and other related property agreements for the site
  • preparation and management of precedent property documents for clients
  • managing clients’ leasing portfolios including documenting and implementing critical obligations and dates
  • advising clients on their rights in commercial and retail lease disputes, strategising, and providing settlement options
  • drafting property dispute correspondence and documentation such as notices of breach, offer letters and applications for mediation
  • representing clients at mediation.


Law Society of NSW


24 September 2019 - Knowledge

Inside track: Local Government

#Local Government

Are Aboriginal objects on land potentially a defect in title? This question was discussed by the NSW Court of Appeal in Mehmet v Carter. And the short answer is: Yes, Aboriginal objects on land may be a defect in title where they are protected from disturbance under a law.

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