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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

24 November 2021 - Knowledge

Luxury developments: Contracting for success (Part 2)

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

In our second instalment, we look at the contracting phase of luxury development projects and discuss how the contractual framework can ensure the finished product achieves the developer's vision while limiting their exposure to risk.

17 November 2021 - Knowledge

Residential Focus

#Property, Planning & Development

The NSW Government has announced the development of a risk rating tool that will assist insurers and purchasers in assessing the trustworthiness of building practitioners and the construction quality of Class 2 buildings.

16 November 2021 - Knowledge

Inside track: Property & Real Estate

#Property, Planning & Development

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant influence on where we work. It has caused much uncertainty about the future workspace conditions as organisations try to deal with the problem of abundant space.

03 November 2021 - Knowledge

Strata and community schemes wake to a new era of short-term letting

#Property, Planning & Development

After a long delay, the NSW Government’s new code of conduct for short-term rental accommodation is finally in force. How does the Code affect strata and community schemes?

03 November 2021 - Knowledge

Residential Focus

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

In this edition, we look at the recent Biowood appeal that sheds light on how Australian courts and tribunals are likely to determine the compliance of combustible cladding products.

03 November 2021 - Knowledge

New planning regime for the short-term rental accommodation industry

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

A package of new legal requirements to control the status of short-term rentals under existing planning law came into effect on 1 November.

03 November 2021 - Knowledge

Inside track: Property & Real Estate

#Property, Planning & Development

A consortium including UniSuper, Cbus Property and the AMP Capital Finance has shattered the record for Australia’s largest retail transaction, picking up stakes in two nationally recognised shopping centres in Sydney and the Gold Coast.

27 October 2021 - Knowledge

Luxury developments: Achieving vision through smart contracting (Part 1)

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

Our first instalment of a three-part series covering key considerations for luxury development developers to ensure they achieve their vision.

20 October 2021 - Knowledge

Residential Focus

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

Industry participants have been grappling with the new Design and Building Practitioners Act for several months. In this edition, we canvass the issues that arise when accommodating the new legislation in contracts.

20 October 2021 - Knowledge

Update: Environment and Communications Legislation Committee recommendation a step forward for offshore renewable energy

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

The Committee has recommended three key amendments to the Offshore Electricity Infrastructure Bill 2021. The positive response could see the draft legislation pass later this year.

20 October 2021 - Knowledge

Counterintuitive delight – breaking and entering into your own house

#Property, Planning & Development

We explore an unusual situation where a person, including a landowner with a legal right to enter their own land, can commit an offence for breaking and entering into a home or building they own or rent.

19 October 2021 - Knowledge

Major planning changes under new Suburban Rail Loop law

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

The Suburban Rail Loop Bill 2021 creates a new statutory authority to deliver and manage one of the largest infrastructure projects in Australia’s history.