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 and Real Estate Group did not develop 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.
12 September 2018 - Knowledge
The 2017 fire at Grenfell Tower in London and the 2014 fire at the Lacrosse Building in Melbourne highlighted the risks associated with the use of combustible cladding products on high rise buildings. In response to the tragedies, the NSW Government has introduced new laws relating to buildings with combustible cladding.
10 September 2018 - Knowledge
Developers are facing reduced returns from build-to-rent projects which in turn is disenfranchising a sector that could be part of the affordable housing solution. Research released by CBRE has underlined the three main taxes affecting apartments built for lease rather than for sale.
29 August 2018 - Knowledge
The Strata Schemes Management Amendment (Building Defects Scheme) Bill 2018 (the Bill) was introduced into Parliament on 15 August 2018. The Bill would amend the strata building defect bond and inspection scheme (the Scheme), which commenced on 1 January 2018.
27 August 2018 - Knowledge
The ATO has announced that it will be launching a data-matching program to pick up those who leave out rental income and over-claimed deductions. The increased scrutiny of short-term holiday rentals, according to assistant commissioner Kath Anderson, comes following the availability of short-term holiday rentals exploding in the online space.
21 August 2018 - Knowledge
In a recent decision, the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (QCAT) confirmed that parties to a lease cannot agree that the Retail Shop Lease Act 1994 (Qld) (Act) applies, in circumstances where the lease does not meet the criteria for a “retail shop lease” under the Act.
13 August 2018 - Knowledge
Eight Melbourne councils are set to reduce the amount of food and organic waste they send to landfill, thanks to a new composting facility supported by the Turnbull Government. The composting facility will recycle approximately 120,000 tonnes of food and organic waste per year and produce 50,000 tonnes of high-grade compost for the municipalities’ gardens and parks.
01 August 2018 - Knowledge
The New South Wales Civil and Administrative Tribunal recently considered in Champion Homes Sales Pty Ltd v Commissioner for Fair Trading  whether the standard of liability for a breach of statutory warranties under the Home Building Act 1989 (NSW) should be different when the warranty is considered in light of a contractual provision or a disciplinary provision in the Act.
30 July 2018 - Knowledge
Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia (ISCA) chairman David Singleton wants infrastructure planners, designers and those who deliver the projects to aim higher in sustainability. Singleton points out that while robustness is often a criteria for projects, it is not the same thing as resilience.
18 July 2018 - Knowledge
In this week’s residential focus, we look at the insurance industry’s response to the Australian cladding crisis and its impact on construction industry players, in particular accredited certifiers, building surveyors and body corporates.
16 July 2018 - Knowledge
Governments around the world have committed to the Paris Agreement. For Australia this effectively means transitioning to a zero carbon economy by 2050. Working out how to deliver on this commitment has big implications for every part of the economy, including property.