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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

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.

09 February 2021 - Knowledge

Inside track: Property & Real Estate

#Property, Planning & Development

According to Colliers International, as a growing number of workers return to their offices, vendors and investors are expected to review acquisitions, with demand for office assets expected to soar during what’s usually a relatively quiet period.

27 January 2021 - Knowledge

Inside track: Property & Real Estate

#Property, Planning & Development

Data centres, hospitals and build-to-rent apartment blocks are the beacons of hope for institutional investors in real estate in 2021 after the sector’s traditional trophy assets – major malls and big city offices – lost some of their lustre through the disruption of last year.

21 December 2020 - Knowledge

Another round of COVID-19 retail leasing and commercial leasing laws

#Property, Planning & Development, #Dispute Resolution & Litigation, #COVID-19

NSW’s COVID-19 leasing laws are again being extended. Uncannily, this coincides with increases in community COVID-19 and state borders closing.

16 December 2020 - Knowledge

Residential Focus

#Property, Planning & Development

In this edition, we look at a recent decision where the Appeal Panel takes a broader approach to defining 'major defects'.

09 December 2020 - Knowledge

Deadline to amend discretionary trust deeds for foreign surcharge purposes soon approaching

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

A reminder for those who hold land in NSW via a discretionary trust, you may need to amend your trust deed by 31 December 2020 to avoid additional charges.

09 December 2020 - Knowledge

Inside track: Property & Real Estate

#Property, Planning & Development

Australia just became one of the top ten countries to buy real estate with inbound investments to increase sharply in 2021.

07 December 2020 - Knowledge

Recent judgment confirms 10-year limitation period for defective building work in NSW

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

A recent NSW Court of Appeal decision confirms the 10-year long-stop limitation period applies to all claims for damages caused by defective building work, regardless of what the claimant-builder relationship is.

04 December 2020 - Knowledge

New Practice Standard for registered certifiers in NSW – what will it achieve?

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

In September 2020, the NSW Government released a Practice Standard for registered certifiers to assist certifiers to achieve compliance with recent certifier legislation. We take a look at the Practice Standard and its key suggestions.