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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

10 August 2022 - Knowledge

Residential Focus: DBP Act update – what is ‘substantive control’ of construction work?

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

The court is beginning to grapple with the Design and Building Practitioners Act and in this latest decision looks further at what is ‘substantive control’ as a trigger for owing the statutory duty of care.

03 August 2022 - Knowledge

NSW Government Bulletin

#Government, #Property, Planning & Development

Public authorities and private rights – when can a public authority fetter its discretion?

29 July 2022 - Knowledge

Compulsory strata management and strata scheme dysfunction – recent trends

#Property, Planning & Development, #Dispute Resolution & Litigation

Strata compulsory management can assist strata lot owners in dysfunctional strata schemes. In this article, we consider some recent developments.

27 July 2022 - Knowledge

Residential Focus

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

We look at a recent decision where an Owners Corporation failed to establish breach of statutory warranty in a combustible cladding case.

27 July 2022 - Knowledge

NSW Government announces establishment of independent Property Services Commissioner

#Property, Planning & Development

The NSW Government will appoint an independent statutory Property Services Commissioner to help support consumers, drive reform in the property sector, manage complaints and investigate legislative breaches.

26 July 2022 - Knowledge

When ‘shopping around’ for house plans leads to a breach of copyright

#Intellectual Property, #Dispute Resolution & Litigation, #Property, Planning & Development

A Queensland District Court decision illustrates the danger of homeowners ‘shopping around’ for house plans and builders, and the difficulties the owners of copyright in those house plans face in recovering damages from a breach of copyright.

26 July 2022 - Knowledge

Land tax changes coming to Queensland in July 2023

#Property, Planning & Development

From 1 July 2023, taxpayers who own land in both Queensland and other states and territories may be pushed into a higher land tax bracket and will pay more land tax in Queensland.

14 July 2022 - Knowledge

NSW COVID-19 leasing laws ended but past tenant protections continue

#Property, Planning & Development

NSW COVID-19 leasing laws are repealed. What does this mean for landlords and what protections are still in place for tenants?

13 July 2022 - Knowledge

Residential Focus

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

In a recent decision, the Appeal Panel invoked the flexibility of the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal’s procedure to ascertain appeal grounds in the context of litigants in person.

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.