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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.

Recent Posts

01 July 2020 - Knowledge

Residential Focus

#Property & Real Estate

On 11 June 2020, the Design and Building Practitioners Act 2020 (NSW) (Act) took effect. The new Act is about restoring public confidence in the NSW building industry by regulating the activities of those who design and construct new buildings.

24 June 2020 - Knowledge

Federal and Queensland home builder grants

#Property & Real Estate

Following the Federal Government’s initial announcement of the $680 million HomeBuilder scheme on 4 June. The Queensland State Government has recently unveiled a level of stimulus which has not been seen before in the new residential marketplace in North Queensland.

17 June 2020 - Knowledge

Residential Focus

#Property & Real Estate

From 1 September 2020, the Residential Apartment Buildings (Compliance and Enforcement Powers) Act 2020 will give NSW building regulators the unprecedented power to prevent the issuing of an occupation certificate for new residential apartment buildings.

15 June 2020 - Knowledge

Inside track: Property & Real Estate

#Property & Real Estate

Foreign investment in the commercial real estate sector has dipped significantly during the COVID-19 pandemic but it’s not necessarily for lack of interest, according to industry experts.

09 June 2020 - Knowledge

COVID-19 update: Relief for Owners Corporations and Community Associations in NSW

#Property & Real Estate, #COVID-19

The NSW Government has recently announced its latest COVID-19 reforms – this time focusing on addressing issues that had arisen for strata schemes and community schemes during the health crisis.

05 June 2020 - Knowledge

Australia’s FIRB framework adds new national security test for foreign investors

#Property & Real Estate, #Corporate & Commercial Law

The Federal Government has today announced a series of new, stringent security checks to tighten foreign investment scrutiny under Australia’s foreign investment review framework – including a new national security test for foreign investors and authority by the Treasurer to review all ‘sensitive national security business’.

04 June 2020 - Knowledge

Federal Government’s new HomeBuilder scheme – who’s eligible?

#Property & Real Estate, #COVID-19

The Federal Government announced a $680 million HomeBuilder scheme in which eligible owner-occupiers can access a $25,000 tax-free grant to help build a new home or renovate their existing property to improve its accessibility, liveability and safety. But restrictions apply. We unpack the scheme by outlining the eligibility criteria, types of eligible dwellings and the application process.

03 June 2020 - Knowledge

Residential Focus

#Property & Real Estate

In this edition we look at a decision which looks at the application of s.48MA to proceedings before the Court, as opposed to the Tribunal.

03 June 2020 - Knowledge

Navigating voluntary administration: Eight key considerations for landlords of insolvent tenants

#Dispute Resolution & Litigation, #Property & Real Estate

We pinpoint eight key considerations landlords of insolvent tenants should be mindful of when dealing with the administration process, and outline key action items from day one.

03 June 2020 - Knowledge

Retail Shop Leases and Other Commercial Leases (COVID-19 Emergency Response) Regulation 2020

#Property & Real Estate, #COVID-19

The Retail Shop Leases and Other Commercial Leases (COVID-19 Emergency Response) Regulation 2020 is made under the COVID-19 Emergency Response Act 2020 (COVID Act) with the purpose to implement the National Cabinet Mandatory Code of Conduct.

02 June 2020 - Knowledge

Can parking in your own car space be considered a nuisance?

#Property & Real Estate

A recent NSW Supreme Court decision has considered the interpretation of an exclusive by-law and the meaning of nuisance in a parking dispute between a lot owner and the Owners Corporation.

01 June 2020 - Knowledge

Inside track: Property & Real Estate

#Property & Real Estate

Although the full impact of Covid-19 is yet to hit the Australian property market, researchers predict the downturn won't last long.