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Luke Ayres

Special Counsel - Sydney

Areas of Expertise

Property, Planning & Development


Luke is a real estate lawyer with 20 years’ experience across both private practice and in-house roles with significant industry players. His extensive commercial property expertise includes advising on acquisitions and disposals of commercial, industrial, retail and residential property, complex leasing, property development, property titling, joint ventures, asset management and financing.


Luke’s recent experience includes:

  • successfully negotiating the sale of non-core retail centres and an industrial asset (valued at approximately $350M)
  • leading the negotiation of contractual terms for the acquisition of a significant Sydney CBD hotel development site from a consortium of vendors including lease-back arrangements with a major Australian financial institution
  • negotiating and documenting the redevelopment and triple-net lease of a Parramatta CBD commercial building
  • documenting the procurement, property and management contractual arrangements for a 3.5MW solar farm
  • advising on the development of a number of shopping centres (sub-regional and neighborhood), mixed-use and strata developments; the sale and partial lease-back (including development management arrangements) of several new retail centres; the acquisition of new sites; and the disposal program for a number of non-core assets.