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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
  • compulsory acquisition
  • 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, acquiring authorities, 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

27 February 2024 - Knowledge

New housing provisions aimed at foreign investments

#Property, Planning & Development

We explore the revisions unveiled by the Australian Treasurer aimed at bolstering Australia's housing stock and providing affordable housing for Australians.

21 February 2024 - Knowledge

Residential Focus: Is the statutory duty of care under the DBP Act apportionable?

#Property, Planning & Development

We look at the implications of a recent decision where the NSW Court of Appeal has considered whether a breach of a duty of care could be apportioned.

07 February 2024 - Knowledge

Residential Focus: New rules for building bonds

#Property, Planning & Development

The Strata Schemes Management Amendment Regulation 2024 commenced in January, introducing three changes to the building bond scheme. We provide a brief overview of these changes.

29 January 2024 - Knowledge

Building bond to increase from 1 February 2024

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

From 1 February 2024, any building bond given on or after this date will be 3 per cent of the contract price for the building work. We look at the change and alternatives for developers.

24 January 2024 - Knowledge

NSW Government Bulletin summer edition: The more things change

#Government, #Data & Privacy, #Property, Planning & Development, #Workplace Relations & Safety

At the beginning of a new year of challenges, we refresh key concepts and skills to arm government lawyers for the year ahead.

06 December 2023 - Knowledge

Residential Focus: A new era for building reform

#Property, Planning & Development

As anticipated, the NSW Parliament has passed the Building Legislation Amendment Bill 2023, which will become the Building Legislation Amendment Act 2023 and is likely to commence in February 2024, subject to proclamation.

23 November 2023 - Knowledge

Residential Focus

#Property, Planning & Development

We wrap-up the latest residential property news in NSW.

21 November 2023 - Knowledge

Changes to Sunset Dates in Queensland

#Property, Planning & Development

Buyers and sellers alike ought to be aware of the changes to the Land Sales Act 1984 (Qld) which refines the operation of sunset clauses in off-the-plan land sale contracts.

17 November 2023 - Knowledge

Not so fast: New guidelines for the withdrawal of development applications in NSW

#Property, Planning & Development

We look at what the new guidelines mean for the development application assessment process and explore practical steps councils can take to ensure compliance.

16 November 2023 - Knowledge

NSW Government Bulletin: When does a hypothetical land use lead to actual compensation after a compulsory acquisition?

#Government, #Property, Planning & Development

Two recent cases before the Land and Environment Court demonstrate that the potential use of an acquired land must be established with factual evidence when disputing the compensation in a compulsory acquisition.

08 November 2023 - Knowledge

Residential Focus

#Property, Planning & Development

We wrap-up the latest residential property news in NSW.

30 October 2023 - Knowledge

Queensland's property law reform 2023: Landmark changes and their impact on property transactions

#Property, Planning & Development

Queensland Parliament passed the Property Law Act 2023, a landmark legislative reform designed to modernise the state’s property laws and cultivate a market characterised by transparency and consumer-friendliness.