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Vanessa Scrivener


Senior Associate - Sydney

Areas of Expertise

Property & Real Estate


Vanessa’s areas of expertise cover commercial property transactions including acquisitions, sales and due diligence. Vanessa also has over 10 years’ experience acting for both landlords and tenants in all aspects of leasing transactions and disputes.

Vanessa acts for superannuation funds, corporations, developers and government agencies. Vanessa has also acted for leading national retail, grocery and medical centre chains, franchisees, and international brands. Vanessa is an accredited mediator with the Resolution Institute.


Vanessa acts in the acquisition and sale of commercial, retail and industrial properties. Her experience includes preparing, reviewing and negotiating the contract, managing the due diligence process and completing all steps to finalise the transaction.

Vanessa also acts in leasing transactions which includes drafting, reviewing, advising, negotiating and settling all tenancy documents for both landlords and tenants.

Vanessa’s recent experience includes:

  • acting for a large superannuation fund in the acquisition of an industrial site in South Western Sydney
  • acting for a large superannuation fund in the acquisition of a commercial site in the Sydney CBD
  • acting in the acquisition and sale of retail, commercial and residential properties including dealing with environmental issues and taxation considerations
  • drafting and negotiating section 88B instruments
  • drafting, reviewing, advising on, negotiating and finalising disclosure documents, agreement for leases, leases, subleases, incentive deeds and licences for major landlords and tenants
  • conducting and advising on due diligence in leasing transactions
  • managing leasing portfolios for clients, including national retail chains and medical centre groups, and documenting and implementing critical obligations and dates 
  • advising landlord and tenants on their rights in commercial and retail disputes, strategising, and providing settlement options
  • drafting dispute correspondence and documentation such as notices of breach, offer letters and applications for mediation
  • representing clients at mediation at the Dispute Resolution Unit of the NSW Small Business Commissioner.


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.