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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

30 November 2022 - Knowledge

Residential Focus

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

In its continued efforts to overhaul the behavioural norms of the NSW building industry, the NSW Government has introduced a series of amendments designed to improve transparency and confidence in the industry.

30 November 2022 - Knowledge

NDIS and town planning – important changes to Victorian planning schemes

#Property, Planning & Development

We outline recent amendments to the Community Care Accommodation provisions in Victorian planning schemes, which have important implications for specialist disability accommodation providers.

22 November 2022 - Knowledge

Victorian Election: Reviving the State Electricity Commission

#Property, Planning & Development

Reviving a State government owned energy company represents a significant shift in energy policy in Victoria with broad impacts for decarbonisation and power bills.

22 November 2022 - Knowledge

Importance of intention to be bound on execution of Heads of Agreement

#Property, Planning & Development

A recent Queensland Supreme Court decision in Sentinel Property Group Pty Ltd v ABH Hotel Pty Ltd [2022] QSC 165, highlights the importance of ensuring parties to a transaction understand whether they intend to be immediately bound on execution of a heads of agreement and whether they are, or not.

15 November 2022 - Knowledge

Proposal of statutory seller disclosure scheme in Queensland

#Property, Planning & Development

A draft of the proposed Property Law Bill 2022 is suggesting residential property sellers will have to supply particular information to a proposed buyer at the time of providing a Contract of Sale. If passed, these changes will fundamentally change the sale process in Queensland.

15 November 2022 - Knowledge

Residential Focus

#Property, Planning & Development

The new kid on the block in managing the risk of defects, particularly in high-rise residential buildings, is decennial liability insurance, also known as latent defects insurance. So what’s it all about?

08 November 2022 - Knowledge

New residential tenancy reforms in Queensland

#Property, Planning & Development

From 1 October 2022, landlords are required to comply with new obligations when ending tenancies, reviewing pet applications and responding to repair and maintenance orders.

02 November 2022 - Knowledge

Residential Focus

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

In this edition, we look at the latest decisions on the Design and Building Practitioners Act 2020 (NSW), which takes a broad approach to the application of the statutory duty of care.

19 October 2022 - Knowledge

Residential Focus

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

A recent decision of the NSW Supreme Court revisits the Onerati principle post section 18E(2), in a successor in title context.

12 October 2022 - Knowledge

NSW Government Bulletin

#Government, #Property, Planning & Development

In this edition, we unpack the fundamental differences between a lease and a licence.

11 October 2022 - Knowledge

Towards zero extinctions: Updated environmental policy in Australia

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

The federal government has released an updated action plan to change Australia’s biodiversity loss with the aim of zero new extinctions.

05 October 2022 - Knowledge

Residential Focus

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

In a recent decision, the Supreme Court of NSW closed a potential pathway for claims to be brought after the expiry of the statutory warranty period, where the statutory warranties are expressly contractual.