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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.

Lou Farinotti

Lou Farinotti

Senior Partner

Melbourne

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Natashia Ackroyd

Natashia Ackroyd

Partner

Melbourne

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Lisa Cody

Lisa Cody

Partner

Melbourne

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Richard Skopal

Richard Skopal

Partner

Melbourne

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Vanya Lozzi

Vanya Lozzi

Partner

Sydney

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Ron Eames

Ron Eames

Partner

Brisbane

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Peter Nugent

Peter Nugent

Partner

Brisbane

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Gerard Timbs

Gerard Timbs

Partner

Brisbane

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Recent Posts

03 December 2019 - Knowledge

Residential Focus

#Property & Real Estate

We summarise the recent measures adopted by the NSW Government to address the cladding crisis.

20 November 2019 - Knowledge

Residential Focus

#Property & Real Estate

The Building and Development Certifiers Act 2018 (Act) has received assent but is yet to commence. In anticipation of that, the NSW Government has released a public consultation draft of the Building and Development Certifiers Regulation 2019 (NSW), exhibited from 30 September until 28 October 2019.

20 November 2019 - Knowledge

NCAT reinforces its position on pets in strata schemes

#Property & Real Estate

In the recent decision of Roden v The Owners-Strata Plan No 55773 [2019] NSWCATCD 61, the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal reaffirmed its position that a by-law which entirely bans pet ownership is “harsh, unconscionable and oppressive” for the purposes of section 139(1) of the Strata Scheme Management Act 2015 (NSW).

20 November 2019 - Knowledge

Inside track: Property & Real Estate

#Property & Real Estate

A Perth building surveying company has been fined a total of $35,000 for negligence after signing off on three buildings that failed to meet fire safety requirements.

12 November 2019 - Knowledge

Federal Court holds that a lease clause for the sale of electricity was unenforceable

#Property & Real Estate

The National Energy Retail Law (NERL) regulates the retail sale of electricity and gas, though there are State by State changes to the application of that law.

06 November 2019 - Knowledge

Inside track: Property & Real Estate

#Property & Real Estate

Even though residential real estate has generally been a strong investment for people over the past few decades as Australia went through its biggest ever property boom, plenty of people have lost money, especially buying off-the-plan or new developments.

05 November 2019 - Knowledge

Major changes to off-the-plan contracts set to take effect

#Property & Real Estate

Significant changes to the legislative regime regulating off-the-plan contracts will commence on 1 December 2019. These changes will limit the flexibility of a developer to change or adjust key elements in the development over the life of the project.

22 October 2019 - Knowledge

Inside track: Property & Real Estate

#Property & Real Estate

Sydney and Melbourne fringe suburbs are achieving some of the highest office rents in Australia, according to JLL's Future Cities report.

09 October 2019 - Knowledge

Residential Focus

#Property & Real Estate

On 2 October 2019, the NSW Government released the draft Design and Building Practitioners Bill 2019 (Bill). The draft Bill will be open for public consultation until 16 October 2019.