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Property & Real Estate

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 & Real Estate

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.

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 May 2020 - Knowledge

Retail Shop Leases and Other Commercial Leases (COVID-19 Emergency Response Regulation 2020

#Property & Real Estate, #COVID-19

The Retail Shop Leases and Other Commercial Leases (COVID-19 Emergency Response Regulation 2020 (COVID Regulation) is made under the COVID-19 Emergency Response Act 2020 (COVID Act) with the purpose to implement the National Cabinet Mandatory Code of Conduct (National Leasing Code).

26 May 2020 - Knowledge

Will longer landlord lockouts become the new norm?

#Dispute Resolution & Litigation, #Property & Real Estate, #COVID-19

In two recent decisions, the Federal Court has allowed administrators to continue to occupy leased premises rent-free for an extra month. Should landlords be worried that this trend will continue? Whilst the decisions were undoubtedly made in the extraordinary circumstances of COVID-19, it is not difficult to see a precedent being established with similar orders being made more frequently in the future.

20 May 2020 - Knowledge

Residential Focus

#Property & Real Estate

We are frequently asked to advise on whether or not particular activity is residential building work. Where it is, there can be significant implications for contracting parties. In this week’s editorial, we revisit a case which has recently gone on appeal and look at what the NSW Court of Appeal has said on the issue.

20 May 2020 - Knowledge

Inside track: Property & Real Estate

#Property & Real Estate

News of tenants across different sectors requesting rent relief will likely see investors gravitate toward an asset where the state or federal governments are a tenant.

13 May 2020 - Knowledge

Update: Retail and commercial leases in the ACT and COVID-19 – regulations

#Property & Real Estate, #Dispute Resolution & Litigation, #COVID-19

On 12 May 2020, the ACT Government published a Declaration with respect to retail and commercial leases which gives effect to the National Cabinet's Mandatory Code of Conduct. In this article, we explain the key points of the Declaration and the matters which ACT landlords and tenants should be mindful of.

13 May 2020 - Knowledge

COVID-19 and retail/commercial leases: legislation compendium

#Property & Real Estate, #COVID-19

As the legislation governing the landlord and tenant relationship continues to emerge in response to the COVID-19 crisis, we’re continuing to review the legislation across the states for you. Our compendium provides a picture so far and we will continue to update it as new regulations are passed.

06 May 2020 - Knowledge

Residential Focus

#Property & Real Estate

In this edition, we wrap-up the 22 recommendations contained in the final report on the regulation of building standards, quality and disputes recently released by a Committee of the NSW Parliament, and examine how it may reform the NSW building industry.

06 May 2020 - Knowledge

Inside track: Property & Real Estate

#Property & Real Estate

UDIA National President Simon Basheer said the Government’s commitment to clearing the backlog of projects under assessment via the Act would benefit from strict guidelines.

04 May 2020 - Knowledge

Update: Retail or commercial leases in Victoria and COVID-19 – regulations

#Property & Real Estate, #Dispute Resolution & Litigation, #COVID-19

On 1 May 2020, following the recent enactment of the COVID-19 Omnibus (Emergency Measures) Act in April, the Victorian Government has published regulations with respect to commercial leases and licences which give effect to the National Cabinet’s Mandatory Code of Conduct.

30 April 2020 - Knowledge

Secure now, pay later: Buying rural land during COVID-19

#Agribusiness, #Property & Real Estate, #COVID-19

With drought breaking in some areas of the country, more and more rural properties are being placed on the market following improving conditions and sale prices. Unfortunately with the current restrictions being imposed by COVID-19, it is not an easy time for buyers looking to purchase property. 

29 April 2020 - Knowledge

Update: NSW’s COVID-19 retail and commercial leasing laws

#Property & Real Estate, #Dispute Resolution & Litigation, #COVID-19

The NSW Government has now passed laws affecting retail leases in NSW. This includes a schedule in the Conveyancing Act’s regulations that also applies to commercial leases more generally.

28 April 2020 - Knowledge

Retail or commercial leases in Victoria and COVID-19 – what the new legislation means

#Property & Real Estate, #COVID-19

On 23 April 2020, the Victorian Parliament passed the eagerly anticipated COVID-19 Omnibus (Emergency Measures) Act 2020, the purpose of which is to modify certain laws in Victoria for the purposes of responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.