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.
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.
Our expertise includes:
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.
04 May 2022 - Knowledge
The Audit Office of NSW has released a report on how effective the Department of Customer Service and Department of Planning and Environment have been in dealing with combustible external cladding.
20 April 2022 - Knowledge
Building practitioners wanting to install a ground anchor under a neighbouring property will no longer need to present a registered easement following an updated order under the Design and Building Practitioners Act.
13 April 2022 - Knowledge
A recent tribunal decision has shown how a building management agreement may be terminated under section 72 of the Strata Schemes Management Amendment Act 2002 (NSW).
06 April 2022 - Knowledge
What you can and can’t do with an artwork on a building site may be determined by the artist’s moral rights.
23 March 2022 - Knowledge
The NSW Fair Trading currently issues builders with an owner-builder permit to build a dual occupancy only if the purpose of the build is for ‘special circumstances’. What does this mean? We explain through a recent case between a licensed builder and the Commissioner for Fair Trading.
14 March 2022 - Knowledge
Further changes to the Retail and Other Commercial Leases (COVID-19) Regulation 2022 have been made today to redefine an impacted lessee and extend the protections for affected tenants until 30 June 2022.
09 March 2022 - Knowledge
In the context of rising material costs, much has been written lately on the risk to contractors of lump sum contracts. A recent decision, Aslan v Stepanoski  NSWCA 24, demonstrates the flip side – the risk to owners of a bad bargain.
23 February 2022 - Knowledge
We look at a tribunal decision that reminds owners to be mindful that the right to terminate a construction contract at general law is separate and distinct from a right to terminate under contract.
22 February 2022 - Knowledge
A dispute between the seller and buyer of a residential land has demonstrated the importance of a professionally drafted sale contract when a party executes their first right of refusal.
09 February 2022 - Knowledge
The recent decision in Zhang and Mills v JSW Property Projects Pty Ltd and Ors  NSWDC 655 serves as a reminder that directors of incorporated builders do not assume contractual obligations simply because they are the face of the company.