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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

22 September 2021 - Knowledge

Time to revisit your contracts: Significant expansion of unfair contract term laws announced

#Corporate & Commercial Law, #Property, Planning & Development

The Federal Government has just ended its consultation on draft legislation that aims to significantly expand the scope and enforcement of the unfair contract terms regime, including the introduction of civil penalties. We examine the proposed changes and what they mean for consumers, small businesses and landlords.

22 September 2021 - Knowledge

New regime to unlock investment in Australia’s offshore energy projects

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

The Federal Government has introduced the long-awaited Offshore Electricity Infrastructure Bill 2021, which will establish a framework for the construction, operation, maintenance and decommissioning of offshore electricity projects.

22 September 2021 - Knowledge

Residential Focus

#Property, Planning & Development

In this edition, we review some of the cases which have considered the Design and Building Practitioners Act 2020 (NSW) and Design and Building Practitioners Regulation 2020 (NSW) in the past 12 months.

21 September 2021 - Knowledge

Inside track: Property & Real Estate

#Property, Planning & Development

Timber supplies were the first to be hit as Australia and other nations around the world, grappling with the impact of the pandemic.

14 September 2021 - Knowledge

Pawproof by-laws: Recent changes to NSW strata laws on keeping pets

#Property, Planning & Development

On 24 August 2021, the Strata Schemes Management Amendment (Sustainability Infrastructure) Act 2021 (NSW) commenced, marking a triumphant day for pet owners in strata schemes.

08 September 2021 - Knowledge

Residential Focus

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

The compliance provisions of the Design and Building Practitioners Act commenced on 1 July 2021. To help you understand how you are impacted, we have pieced together guides for four key participants with compliance obligations under the new regime.

07 September 2021 - Knowledge

Inside track: Property & Real Estate

#Property, Planning & Development

Australia’s emerging build-to-rent sector has been on the launchpad for a while now but the final countdown has begun for the sector to become one of the country’s major asset classes.

01 September 2021 - Knowledge

Court of Appeal reallocates liability in Lacrosse case – has the dust finally settled?

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

We review the Victorian Court of Appeal's 2021 decision on the allocation of liability between the building surveyor and the fire engineering consultant in the landmark cladding litigation arising from the 2014 Lacrosse Tower fire.

26 August 2021 - Knowledge

Victoria’s 2021 Commercial Tenancy Relief Scheme – a summary

#Property, Planning & Development, #COVID-19

Our ongoing commentary on the Victorian Government's Commercial Tenancy Relief Scheme.

25 August 2021 - Knowledge

Residential Focus

#Property, Planning & Development

In this edition, we review the Code of Practice introduced under the Design and Building Practitioners Regulation 2021, its purpose and the practical implications on prescribed practitioners since 1 July 2021.

24 August 2021 - Knowledge

The Partnership opportunity for increasing social and affordable housing in Australia

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

Housing developments that provide both solid long-term returns and positive social outcomes, often through public-private partnerships, are an idea whose time has come throughout Australia.

23 August 2021 - Knowledge

Inside track: Property & Real Estate

#Property, Planning & Development

Building costs are rising at a faster rate than inflation as construction demand continues to outstrip supply for both labour and materials, according to the Rider Levett Bucknall’s second quarter international report, which forecasts Australia’s apartment, office, hotel and retail sectors will decline in the short to medium term after significant new additions to supply over the past three years.