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Property, Planning & Development

We understand the business objectives of our clients and work with them to achieve those objectives. We provide commercial advice based on our specialist knowledge of the property industry.

Property, Planning & Development

Unlike other firms, our Property, Planning & Development Group did not evolve as an add-on to other practice areas. Instead, it is one of our core practice groups. Our commercial savvy means we ‘see the deal’. We can pick the issues in the context of our client’s objectives to know when, and how best to compromise and make the right call.

Expertise

Our expertise includes:

  • ownership and development structuring and finance
  • due diligence and acquisition
  • development and construction including sustainability
  • major projects and infrastructure
  • planning and environment issues, bio-diversity
  • land titling, subdivision and governance
  • leasing, liquor licensing, asset and building management
  • off-the-plan sales and development leasing
  • retirement living
  • agribusiness and rural industries including water law
  • we have a thorough understanding of direct and indirect taxation issues and other government regulatory requirements relating to the acquisition, development and ownership of property.

Experience

We act for developers and landowners, superannuation funds, managed investment schemes, listed and unlisted corporations, banks and non-bank financiers, government departments and statutory authorities and local and overseas investors.

Recent Posts

28 July 2021 - Knowledge

Victorian Government reintroduces COVID commercial tenancy relief scheme

#Property, Planning & Development, #COVID-19

The Victorian Government has announced that it is working on legislation to reintroduce a rent relief regime for business tenants facing hardship.

28 July 2021 - Knowledge

Residential Focus

#Property, Planning & Development

Registered easements are now required for installing ground anchors on a neighbouring property under the Design and Building Practitioners – Particulars for Regulated Designs Order 2021

26 July 2021 - Knowledge

Inside track: Property & Real Estate

#Property, Planning & Development

Real Estate Institute of Australia is urging the Federal and State governments to improve planning approval times in a bid to address the diminishing housing supply.

19 July 2021 - Knowledge

Do COVID-19 lockdowns frustrate leases?

#Property, Planning & Development, #COVID-19

Expanded COVID-19 restrictions on trading may have you wondering if your lease is frustrated. This is not likely and we explain why.

15 July 2021 - Knowledge

New COVID-19 leasing laws affecting NSW retail and commercial tenancies during lockdown

#Property, Planning & Development, #COVID-19

On 14 July 2021, the NSW Government’s new Retail and Other Commercial Leases (COVID-19) Regulation 2021 took effect. It’s different from the 2020 leasing laws, and we consider what it means for landlords and tenants.

14 July 2021 - Knowledge

Residential Focus

#Property, Planning & Development

Recent amendments to the Strata Schemes Management Act 2015 (NSW) impose additional notice obligations and provide a new ability for all parties to seek monetary penalties for the contravention of NCAT orders.

12 July 2021 - Knowledge

Inside track: Property & Real Estate

#Property, Planning & Development

Property industry confidence levels remained close to recent record highs as the sector continues to lead Australia’s economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic in new data gathered prior to the current outbreaks.

30 June 2021 - Knowledge

Residential Focus

#Property, Planning & Development

HIA revealed Australia’s strongest markets for home building in the 2021 edition of the HIA Population & Residential Building Hotspots Report. The report is aimed at finding employment growth areas targeted towards builders and tradies and identifies hotspots in all states and territories.

30 June 2021 - Knowledge

Inside track: Local Government

#Local Government, #Planning, Environment & Sustainability, #Property, Planning & Development

On 1 July 2021, the remaining provisions under the new Local Government Act 2020 (Vic) will come into operation, creating new obligations and responsibilities for local councils.

30 June 2021 - Knowledge

Expert guide: Impending changes to Victoria’s Local Government Act 2020

#Local Government, #Planning, Environment & Sustainability, #Property, Planning & Development

On 1 July 2021, the remaining provisions under the new Local Government Act 2020 (Vic) will come into operation, creating new obligations and responsibilities for local councils.

28 June 2021 - Knowledge

Inside track: Property & Real Estate

#Property, Planning & Development

Commercial landlords are being pressed to “dig deep” in the crawl to a long haul recovery, as heightened leasing perks are forecast to hit a record 39 per cent by the end of 2021, according to CBRE.

23 June 2021 - Knowledge

Complying with Victoria’s new environmental duties

#Planning, Environment & Sustainability, #Property, Planning & Development

From 1 July 2021, all Victorians will need to comply with new environmental duties, a new licensing regime and updated regulations under the new Environment Protection Act 2017 (Vic).