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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

29 June 2022 - Knowledge

Residential Focus

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

Tales of low-balling advice on likely construction costs are common place. In this edition, we take a look at a decision on an extreme example where the owners overcapitalised in the context of a cost-plus contract.

15 June 2022 - Knowledge

Residential Focus

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

In this edition we look at a recent decision on whether a developer owes the statutory duty of care, under the Design and Building Practitioners Act, to avoid economic loss from defects arising from construction work.

01 June 2022 - Knowledge

Residential Focus

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

In the first decision considering the application of the statutory duty of care in section 37 of the Design and Building Practitioners Act, the NSW Supreme Court has ruled that the duty is not only limited to Class 2 buildings.

18 May 2022 - Knowledge

Residential Focus

#Property, Planning & Development

A recent NCAT Appeal Panel decision serves as a reminder that builders could face onerous consequences if they fail to adequately insure residential building works.

04 May 2022 - Knowledge

Residential Focus

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

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

Residential Focus

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

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

NCAT terminates oppressive building management contract

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

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

Planning to modify or redevelop a building site? Beware of artistic moral rights

#Property, Planning & Development

What you can and can’t do with an artwork on a building site may be determined by the artist’s moral rights.

06 April 2022 - Knowledge

Residential Focus

#Property, Planning & Development

In this edition, we provide a wrap-up of the latest residential property news in NSW.

23 March 2022 - Knowledge

Residential Focus

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

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

NSW COVID-19 leasing laws changes again

#Property, Planning & Development, #COVID-19

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

Residential Focus

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

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 [2022] NSWCA 24, demonstrates the flip side – the risk to owners of a bad bargain.