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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

07 April 2021 - Knowledge

Residential Focus

#Property, Planning & Development

The Government has released an exposure draft of the Mutual Recognition Amendment Bill 2021 that seeks to introduce an automatic recognition scheme in July to cut red tape for contractors working in multiple states and territories.

07 April 2021 - Knowledge

Inside track: Local Government

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

From 1 July 2021, local councils who are Crown land managers can only grant leases or licences over community land according to its plan of management.

06 April 2021 - Knowledge

Inside track: Property & Real Estate

#Property, Planning & Development

Chinese investors will re-enter the Australian real estate market in the second half of this year according to Asian proptech company Juwai.

30 March 2021 - Knowledge

Important decisions in the Victorian planning and environment sphere

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

We look at three Victorian court decisions that shed light on the rights to compensation claims upon the sale of land, the definition of ‘dependent person’s unit’ and the penalty terms for the Corkman Hotel demolishers.

24 March 2021 - Knowledge

Residential Focus

#Property, Planning & Development, #Construction, Infrastructure & Projects

Construction contracts are the central element of seeking payment claims under the Security of Payment Act. In this edition, we look at circumstances where such contracts are rendered unenforceable by the Home Building Act.

22 March 2021 - Knowledge

Inside track: Property & Real Estate

#Property, Planning & Development

Real Estate Market Facts, a new report by the REIA, revealed that the average capital city median price increased by 6.0 per cent for houses and 0.9 of a percentage point for other dwellings over the December 2020 quarter.

10 March 2021 - Knowledge

Residential Focus

#Property, Planning & Development

Builders are entitled to recover disputed payment claims from owner occupiers under the amended Security of Payment legislation for contracts entered into after 1 March 2021.

09 March 2021 - Knowledge

Inside track: Property & Real Estate

#Property, Planning & Development

Economists are warning that an economic imbalance could result from stimulus measures designed to respond to the pandemic.

24 February 2021 - Knowledge

Residential Focus

#Property, Planning & Development

In this edition, we explain what the new practice standards are and how they apply to registered certifiers under the Building and Development Certifiers Act.

23 February 2021 - Knowledge

Inside track: Property & Real Estate

#Property, Planning & Development

US build-to-rent specialist Greystar has secured its largest capital raising to date to support new projects being rolled out within Australia’s emerging build-to-rent sector.

17 February 2021 - Knowledge

Application of the Commercial Tenancy Relief Scheme in Victoria

#Property, Planning & Development, #COVID-19

We examine three recent decisions of the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal regarding the application of the Commercial Tenancy Relief Scheme to retail leases in Victoria.

10 February 2021 - Knowledge

Residential Focus

#Property, Planning & Development, #Construction, Infrastructure & Projects

In this edition, we look at a recent court case that demonstrates the importance of a clear and thoughtfully drafted scope of work in a construction contract that includes the purpose for which the works are required.