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Richard Abbott

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Richard is a leading property and construction lawyer specialising in high end, complex real estate deals within the corporate and transactional space.

Richard is able to assist clients looking to invest in the commercial, residential, retail, industrial, tourism, transport and agricultural sectors including advice in relation to title analysis, structuring and joint ventures, acquisitions and disposals (direct and indirect), capital raising, cross border capital transfers, government regulation and policy settings, foreign investment controls, due diligence, risk assessment and mitigation.

Richard's clients include vendors and purchasers, developers, investors, brokers, fund managers, financiers, government and local government, consultants, contractors, landlords and tenants.

Recent work includes:

  • Extension and remediation of shipping channels in Port of Newcastle for BHP Billiton;
  • Remediation of BHP Billiton's former Steelworks site;
  • Negotiation of DP World's long term right to operate its container handling facility at Terminal 3, Port Botany in Sydney;
  • Sale of BlackRock's US$499 million dollar Australian real estate portfolio;
  • DEXUS Property Group, DEXUS Wholesale Property Fund and Cbus Property - 1 Bligh Street Sydney Project;
  • GWOF, Blackstone and ISPT – 161 Castlereagh Street Sydney Project.


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Within: Real estate

Carolyn Chudleigh heads the ‘very capable’ practice at HFW alongside Richard Abbott and Thomas Wait. She possesses ‘a breadth of knowledge, in-depth industry experience and a very commercial approach’. Clients include inbound investors, vendors and purchasers, landlord and tenants and fund managers such as Folkestone, Eureka Core Fund 5 and Centuria Funds Management. On the transactional front, Chudleigh acted for Zone Q on its acquisition of a property formerly occupied by the Victorian police department. The hotel sector is an area of focus, with the team regularly assisting Royal Hotels. Additional strengths for the practice include mixed-use developments, development structuring, project financing, student accommodation and manufactured housing. Wait is one of six new arrivals to the team from Lander & Rogers. Stephanie Lambert, a specialist in major transactions and projects, has been promoted to partner.

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