Firms To Watch: Real estate

Keighran Legal + Advisory, an indigenous owned and run firm, was founded by Duane Keighran in 2021 and is based in Sydney. The group is known for its work within the corporate elements of real estate.

Real estate in Australia

Clayton Utz

With notable expertise in major education, health and transport infrastructure projects, Clayton Utz excels in the logistics sector. Andrew Steele leads the team and is a key contact for the NSW State Government on the acquisition and development of strategic sites. Nikki Robinson is experienced in urban renewal developments, while Julie Levis is adept in construction and project management work. Carrie Rogers and Eva Oraham handle commercial leasing issues, and Jerome Martin in Melbourne was promoted to partner in January 2023. All of the individuals mentioned are located in Sydney, unless stated otherwise.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Steele

Other key lawyers:

Nikki Robinson; Julie Levis; Carrie Rogers; Eva Oraham; Jerome Martin; Alison Kennedy; Michael Richardson; Leighton Smith


‘A market leader in property transactions and funds management.’

‘Commercial and excellent service and advice.’

‘A market leading team in corporate real estate. They are extremely responsive.’

Key clients

Charter Hall

Goodman Group



Health Infrastructure

BP Australia



Sydney Metro


Victorian Government



Queensland Government


Cadence Property Group

Mitsubishi Estate

Pacific National

Villawood Developers


NSW Education



Bridge Housing

Monash University

Forestry Corporation of NSW

Squadron Energy

Work highlights

  • Acted for Monash University as a landowner in relation to the opening of the mRNA vaccine facility at Monash’s Technology Precinct.
  • Acted for Bridge Housing Limited in relation to the redevelopment of 600-660 Elizabeth Street Sydney.
  • Acted for AXA IM Alts on launching its Australian Build to Rent strategy with a focus on social and affordable housing through a partnership with St George Community Housing.

Corrs Chambers Westgarth

A key contact for tenants and landlords for leasing transactions, Corrs Chambers Westgarth is at the forefront of social and affordable housing, as well as purpose-built accommodation matters. With activity in the build-to-rent and childcare sectors, Paul Carrick oversees the group and is skilled in acquisitions, disposals and joint ventures. Peter Calov and Nathaniel Popelianski, who is based in Melbourne, are entrusted by corporate clients on precinct redevelopments, while Natalie Bryant is proficient in urban renewals. Penelope McCawley is noted for her expertise in commercial office and anchor tenant retail leasing, fund through sales as well as portfolio sales and purchases. All of the individuals that have been mentioned are located in Sydney, unless stated otherwise.

Practice head(s):

Paul Carrick : Peter Calov: Nathaniel Popelianski: Natalie Bryant: Penelope McCawley

Other key lawyers:

David Ellenby: Rhys Lloyd-Morgan


‘Excellent client service, intuition, and forward planning.’

‘The team has a good range of skills in all of the areas of real estate.’

‘Corrs delivers excellent results in a timely and efficient manner. They always retain a commercial focus when negotiating.’

‘A dedicated team of diverse professionals. They are the best in class in their field and they give very commercial advice.’

‘They are a joy to work with and I always feel like a part of the team.’

‘Paul Carrick embodies commercial acumen, and his availability and communication with clients is a big strength.’

‘Penelope McCawley is technically brilliant and an outstanding project manager.’

‘Nathaniel Popelianski is exceptional to work with.’

Key clients




Industry Super Property Trust (ISPT)

Landmark Dividend


TPG Telecom (previously Vodafone)

Real Asset Management

National Australia Bank

Queensland Government

Cedar Woods

Commonwealth Bank of Australia

Australia Post

Port of Melbourne


Hall & Prior


Frasers Property

CBUS Super

Anchorage Capital Partners

Warburg Pincus

Wentworth Capital (formerly NashCap)

Victorian Government

Oxford Properties and Investa Property

Queensland Investment Corporation

Work highlights

  • Advised ISPT on its investment in the University of New South Wales’ Health Translation Hub.
  • Advised Warburg Pincus and StorHub on the establishment of an Australian self-storage platform as part of a joint venture with Simon DeGaris.
  • Advised Mirvac on its 50% sale to Daibiru, by way of fund through, of the A-grade office tower at 7 Spencer Street, Melbourne.

Herbert Smith Freehills

Often working in conjunction with the firm’s corporate, finance, property, and tax teams, Herbert Smith Freehills is well-regarded for its expertise in property developments and transactions. Luke Simpson oversees the practice from Brisbane, and is noted for his capabilities in indigenous heritage and native title matters, as well as renewable energy projects. Michael Back advises clients on infrastructure projects and fund investments throughout Australia, Asia, the UK and the US, while Frank Poeta handles sizeable urban regeneration projects and David Sinn is in demand for large-scale domestic and industrial building projects.

Practice head(s):

Luke Simpson



Other key lawyers:

Michael Back; Frank Poeta; David Sinn; Nicholas Cowie; Julie Jankowski: Jane Hodder; Julie Couch; Niresha Mudalige


Key clients


Australian Prime Property Fund Commercial (APPFC)

SAS Trustee Corporation (STC)

Scape Australia

Austrak Ports Pty Ltd and GPT Property Group


Super Housing Partnerships and Assemble Communities


Charter Hall

Consolidated Properties Group

HThree City Australia Pte Ltd


M&G Real Estate

Hesperia Property Pty Ltd

King & Wood Mallesons

King & Wood Mallesons’ broad practice encompasses real estate M&A, tax issues and development work. Simone Menz co-heads the team from Melbourne and has been praised for her ‘technical expertise and problem solving capability’. Fellow co-head Mark Bayliss advises domestic and international private equity real estate managers and investors on their strategic initiatives. Chris Mitchell has over three decades of experience in infrastructure developments in both the public and private sectors, while Stuart Dixon-Smith is sought out by blue-chip clients on urban renewal projects. Jessica Wallis assists A-REITS, fund managers and property companies on the real estate aspects of corporate and banking transactions. Emily Masters in Melbourne is another key member of the team. All of the individuals mentioned are located in Sydney, unless stated otherwise.

Practice head(s):

Simone Menz; Mark Bayliss

Other key lawyers:

Chris Mitchell; Stuart Dixon-Smith; Jessica Wallis; Emily Masters; Francesca Giorlando; Felicity Savage


‘The team is extremely responsive and provides commercial and pragmatic advice. The clients are always made aware of current legal issues.’

‘A depth of experience in a diverse range of complex real estate matters.’

‘The thing that sets the KWM team apart from their competitors is the depth of partner expertise across the board.’

Key clients





Charter Hall


Goldman Sachs

Walker Corporation

EG Funds Management

Mitsubishi Estate Corporation

Apollo Global Management

GIC (Government of Singapore Investment Corporation)


Pacific Alliance Group


Scentre Group

Vicinity Centres

Max Capital

Work highlights

  • Advised HESTA on its A$240m commitment to a social and affordable housing platform using an innovative investment structure.
  • Advised Charter Hall on its acquisition of a 50% interest in the landmark two-tower Southern Cross tower complex in Melbourne.
  • Acting for Dexus on the landmark A$2bn Brisbane CBD Waterfront Precinct redevelopment.

Minter Ellison

With a sizeable retirement village practice, Minter Ellison continues to handle portfolio management work for a variety of significant institutional property owners and tenants operating in Australia. Adrian Rich in Brisbane is noted for his capabilities in property acquisitions, developments and disposals. Peter Mitchell caters to leasing arrangements for landlords and tenants, while Carla Deluca is often engaged in construction, property development and PPP projects. Virginia Briggs in Sydney is trusted by significant public and private organisations. All of the individuals that have been mentioned are located in Melbourne, unless otherwise stated.

Practice head(s):

Adrian Rich; Peter Mitchell; Carla Deluca

Other key lawyers:

Virginia Briggs; Anthony Poynton; Julie Purbrick; Alice Langham


‘Personable people, and a good internal culture.’

‘They have technical expertise, and combine it with a real world commercial understanding.’

‘They are genuinely nice people which can make a huge difference when we are spending lots of time on complex and high pressure matters. ’

‘Excellent levels of client service, partners are responsive and adaptable to client feedback, in particular Carla Deluca. Minter Ellison go the extra mile to offer value add services.’

‘Carla Deluca is a stand out partner with excellent negotiation skills and offers commercial and pragmatic advice and solutions. She understands client needs and is focused on helping them achieve results and desired outcome.’

‘The partners that we work with include Julie Purbrick, Carla Deluca and Adrian Rich. We like using the Minters team because they have the technical expertise that we expect from top tier law firms but combine it with a real world commercial understanding. They are also genuinely nice people which can make a huge difference when we are spending lots of time on complex and high pressure matters.’

‘Alice Langham has solid knowledge in the hotels sector. She is one of a handful in Australia with that experience.’

Key clients


Development Victoria

Homes Victoria

Tasmanian Ports Corporation


Salter Brothers


DHL Limited



Work highlights

  • Acting for Mirvac on the disposal of 189 Grey Street in Brisbane and Allendale Square in Perth for a combined value of A$327.4m.
  • Advising Stockland on acquiring Melbourne Business Park by preparing and negotiating all of the transaction documents.
  • Acting for Development Victoria on the Victoria 2026 Commonwealth Games Villages and Venues.


Instructed by life insurers and pension, private equity and sovereign wealth funds, Allens’ full-service offering in Melbourne encompasses advising on construction, finance and M&A work as well as tax mandates. Head of the practice Michael Graves is experienced in the renewable energy sector as well as infrastructure projects, while David McLeish is often engaged in acquisition, development and structuring matters, acting for financiers, government entities and proponents. Tim Chislett is adept in property developments, leases, and joint ventures.

Practice head(s):

Michael Graves

Other key lawyers:

David McLeish; Tim Chislett; Eugene Tan


‘The ability to cross the real estate team with the projects and planning department has been a real strength of this team.’

‘They are very knowledgeable on the subject matter and have a unique strength in being able to distil complex issues/information into easily understandable points for non subject matter experts.’

‘The people in the team are fantastic to work with. They are contactable, capable, knowledgeable, and articulate.’

Key clients

Host-Plus Pty Limited

CBRE Investment Management

Aware Super

Villawood Properties

Bayerische Versorgungskammer

Universal Investment

Cadillac Fairview

Australian Unity

Regional Growth Development Corporation NSW

Goodman Property Services (Australia) Pty Limited

Centuria Capital Limited


Transport for Victoria


Energy Corporation NSW

GPT Group

Toga Pty Ltd



Work highlights

  • Advising CBRE Investment Management on the establishment of its first co-living fund in Australia.
  • Advising on the establishment of the Aware Super Real Estate platform, which was seeded with a $1.7bn real estate portfolio in partnership with fund manager Altis Property Partners.
  • Advising GPT and Mirvac on the $900m redevelopment of the harbour-front Cockle Bay Wharf precinct.


With activity across the build-to-rent, office, and retail sectors, Ashurst is geared to handle major infrastructure and urban regeneration projects. Pauline Tan oversees the group and is often engaged in matters pertaining to alternative asset classes, in particular student accommodation and logistics properties. Jason Cornwall-Jones in Melbourne and Tim Mathers in Brisbane are experienced in real estate acquisitions, disposals, developments and leasing transactions. John Stawyskyj is knowledgeable of operating agreements concerning tourist assets and venues, and Lindy Randall is noted for her capabilities in the sale and leasing of commercial properties.

Practice head(s):

Pauline Tan

Other key lawyers:

Jason Cornwall-Jones; John Stawyskyj; Lindy Randall; Tim Mathers


‘The team is responsive, understands our business, and provides strategic and practical advice.’

‘Jason Cornwall-Jones has deep industry knowledge.’

Key clients




Savills Investment Management

Crown Resorts

Northwest Healthcare

Capital Alliance



Destination Brisbane Consortium

Aware Super


Nippon Telegraph and Telephone


Work highlights

  • Advised Capitaland on the acquisition of 50% of Greenwood Plaza and 101-103 Miller Street, North Sydney.
  • Advised Savills Investment Management on its acquisition of HQ South Tower in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley.
  • Advising Woolworths on the development of a two storey distribution centre in Light Horse Business Hub, located in Western Sydney, NSW.

Baker McKenzie

A strong choice for corporates, financial institutions, government entities and in-bound overseas investors, Baker McKenzie is proficient in significant hotel and tourism transactions. Sebastian Busa oversees the group and is experienced in the logistics, retail, and warehouse sectors. Melbourne-based Dora Stilianos is praised by clients as ‘outstanding’ and she is skilled in industrial leasing issues as well as developments. Roy Melick is well versed in the sale and acquisition of commercial CBD buildings, hotels and resorts, mixed-use developments, and shopping centres. All of the individuals that have been mentioned are located in Sydney, unless stated otherwise.

Practice head(s):

Sebastian Busa

Other key lawyers:

Dora Stilianos; Roy Melick; Graeme Dickson; Sarah Merrett; Caroline Ho


‘The quality of the legal advice is well considered and provided in a timely manner. Additionally, being available when required is a positive attribute to the services being offered.’

‘They are accessible at short notice, the advice is high quality, and they make complex matters simple.’

‘Diligent, pragmatic, commercial, accessible, and responsive.’

Key clients

TFE Hotels

Pembroke (via its subsidiary Horizon MP Management Pty Ltd)

CostaFox, now known as MONNO Developments

The Crown in the Right of the State of Victoria

Global Power Generation Australia Pty Ltd

Neoen Australia Pty Ltd

Fabbrostone Pty Ltd

AW One Circular Quay Pty Ltd

STACK Infrastructure

Work highlights

  • Advising TFE Hotels on its hotel management business in Australia and New Zealand.
  • Acted for Pembroke (via its subsidiary Horizon MP Management Pty Ltd) on the sale of 70 Eagle Street, Brisbane City.
  • Acting for MONNO Developments (formerly CostaFox Developments) on a PPP competitive bid to the Victorian State Government relating to the proposed waterfront development of the Geelong Convention Centre Project.

Norton Rose Fulbright

Well regarded in the renewable energy sector, Norton Rose Fulbright often advises contractors, developers and public bodies on commercial, industrial, mixed-use and retail projects. In Brisbane, Michael French leads the team and is skilled in capital transactions and specialist leasings, while Justin Lucas in Melbourne helms building and infrastructure projects. Matthew Derrick in Brisbane handles energy, infrastructure, and property developments, and Adrian Jones in Melbourne thrives in the build-to-rent and logistics sectors. Astrid Beemster joined the firm's Sydney office, where Sally-Ann Rowland is also a key member of the team.

Practice head(s):

Michael French

Other key lawyers:

Justin Lucas; Matthew Derrick; Adrian Jones; Sally-Ann Rowland; Michael McKee; Astrid Beemster


‘Strong leasing knowledge.’

‘Matthew Derrick is very good at client relationship management and being contactable.’

Key clients




Blackstone Group


Caydon Property Group




GPT Group

Shayher Properties

Growthpoint Properties Australia

Greystar Australia

Coles Group

University of Wollongong


State of Queensland


Daiwa House Group

Moreton Bay Regional Council

Work highlights

  • Advised Howard Smith Wharves (HSW Nominees) on all operational, financing and development matters for the further expansion for a $500m redevelopment of existing buildings and a new build hotel and significant in-river facility.
  • Advised Gabba Redevelopment (State of Queensland) on the ownership, construction and operational outcomes for the a stadium.
  • Acting for the developer Shayher Group on its Brisbane Quarter development at 300 George St, Brisbane (QLD).

McCullough Robertson

Led by Kristan Conlon, McCullough Robertson is entrusted by government entities, international developers, as well as local and international funds. Ian Hazzard is skilled in leasing issues, property developments and real estate tourism work, while Marianne Lloyd-Morgan is a key contact for landlord and tenant leasing clients. All of the individuals mentioned are located in Brisbane.

Practice head(s):

Kristan Conlon

Other key lawyers:

Ian Hazzard; Marianne Lloyd-Morgan; Stuart Macnaughton

Key clients

DP Energy

AW Jewel Pty Ltd

Prominent Resort

Central Gold Coast Resort

Cedar Pacific

Consolidated Pastoral Company Pty Limited

Sunshine Coast Village Pty Ltd

Work highlights

  • Acted for DP Energy Australia Pty Ltd on the development of a suite of leasing and acquisition precedents for Queensland, New South Wales and Victorian wind and solar farms.
  • Advised McCullough Robertson on the landmark project (Jewel) situated at 36 Old Burleigh Road, Surfers Paradise.
  • Assisted Cedar Pacific with its $140m bid and negotiations for a pilot built-to-rent project with the State of Queensland.

Arnold Bloch Leibler

Often engaged in planning and environmental matters as well as property acquisitions, Arnold Bloch Leibler is a key contact for clients across the commercial, industrial and retail sectors. Tyrone McCarthy leads the practice and acts for corporations, entrepreneurs and private client groups on a spectrum of property finance issues. Ken Gray is informed on commercial property development transactions, while Gia Cari is often engaged in real estate disposals, finance work and leasing transactions. Dorian Henneron is noted for his capabilities in large-scale commercial and mixed-use developments. All of the individuals that have been mentioned are located in Melbourne.

Practice head(s):

Tyrone McCarthy

Other key lawyers:

Ken Gray; Dorian Henneron; Brianna Youngson


‘The senior associates and partners are at the top of their game. In any negotiation or transaction, you want your legal advisors to be the smartest people in the room, and at ABL they certainly are.’

‘It’s refreshing to have a competent firm well equipped to handle any transaction, yet be nimble and responsive. ABL will never apply a “cookie cutter” approach to its advice.’

‘Gia Cari is hardworking, intelligent, extremely responsive, experienced and commercial. If you want a legal adviser who genuinely cares and treats the transaction as their own, Gia is your go-to.’

Key clients

Charter Hall


IP Generation

MAB Corporation

Salta Properties


Barwon Investment Partners

The Werled Group

Pacific Alliance Investment Management

Beck Corporation

Intrapac Property

Marks Henderson

Walker Corporation

Alter Group of Companies

Essendon Fields

Work highlights

  • Advised a consortium led by Beck Property Group in relation to the new build-to-rent development at Caulfield Village.
  • Acted for Supalai on its acquisition and investment into Mirvac’s Smiths Lane project in Victoria.
  • Advised property business Citiplan and Journal Student Living in connection with its student accommodation joint venture with Brookfield Property Group Australia.

Colin Biggers & Paisley

Colin Biggers & Paisley's caseload encompasses the full gamut of property development projects, as well as acquisitions, disposals, leases, and disputes. Practice head Rhett Oliver is entrusted by market entrants on significant urban renewal projects, while Michael Lanyon is adept in building and construction contracts, infrastructure projects and planning issues. Sydney-based Leanne Walker is skilled in access to land issues and land contract disputes. All of the individuals that have been mentioned are located in Melbourne, unless stated otherwise.

Practice head(s):

Rhett Oliver

Other key lawyers:

Michael Lanyon; Leanne Walker; Brendan Maier


‘Commercial problem solving.’

‘Excellent service.’

‘Brendan Maier is a highly commercial and approachable lawyer who seeks to understand our circumstances before providing legal advice.’

Key clients


Blue Earth Group


LaSalle Investment Management

Pellicano Group

Perri Projects

Salta Properties

Sekisui House


Westgate Ports

Work highlights

  • Advising Pellicano Group on its ‘Common Grounds’ project in Melbourne.
  • Advising Sekisui House on its A$1bn mixed-use urban renewal project ‘West Village’, located in West End, Brisbane.
  • Acting for Blue Earth Group on the purchase and development of land in Spotswood, Victoria.

DLA Piper

Often managing assets for institutional and international corporations, DLA Piper handles acquisitions and disposals, development projects, as well as inbound investments into the domestic real estate market. Head of the practice Kate Pickthall is experienced in capital, critical leasing and corporate occupier transactions, while Stephanie Lambert is focused on renewable energy projects. Sallie Bowtell in Melbourne is adept in property transactions in the commercial and industrial sectors, while Pippa Harley is noted for her expertise in joint ventures. All of the individuals that have been mentioned are located in Sydney, unless stated otherwise.

Practice head(s):

Kate Pickthall

Other key lawyers:

Stephanie Lambert; Sallie Bowtell; Pippa Harley


‘They provide practical solutions, are responsive, and have extensive knowledge.’

‘Stephane Lambert is a work horse, dedicated and knowledgeable, responsive, and has a positive attitude.’

Key clients



Poly Global


AM alpha

Busy Bees


Vail Resorts Inc

CEP Energy



Engie Energie Services

Solar United (Merriden)

Work highlights

  • Acted for QuadReal in a joint venture with Lendlease for build to rent accommodation in Australia.
  • Acted for Polestar on its Australian launch and expansion across the electric vehicle market.
  • Acted for Vail Resorts Inc on the divestment of Mount Hotham Airport, the highest-elevation aerodrome in the country.

Gadens Lawyers

Major commercial, industrial, mixed-use and shopping centre development projects remain a key component of the practice at Gadens Lawyers. The team also continues to handle acquisitions for superfunds and is particularly active in the build-to-rent and healthcare sectors. Praised as an ‘excellent leader’, Brihony Boan leads the Melbourne group, while Natasha Hood, who is experienced in commercial and retail leasing transactions, co-heads the Brisbane team with John NicolasLui Scipioni in Melbourne is a key contact for an assortment of domestic shopping centre owners and managers.

Practice head(s):

Brihony Boan; Natasha Hood; John Nicolas

Other key lawyers:

Lui Scipioni; Andrew Kennedy; Michael Mercier; Karena Balkwill


‘The property team at Gadens are very commercial and consistently strive for a win-win. Their customer service is high and ‘getting the outcome’ is key to their focus at all times.’

‘The quality of work and highlighting of risks throughout complex documents and transaction structures is highly valuable.’

‘The practice is well rounded, very experienced, and technically strong in the Victorian market in particular.’

Key clients



Barwon Investment Partners

Brisbane City Council

Cbus Property

Centuria Capital Limited

Commonwealth Bank of Australia

Deicorp Properties Pty Ltd

Department of State Development, Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning, Queensland

Freeman Group

Gibb Group Property Services Pty Ltd

Goldfields Property Group

GPT Group

Greystar Australia

Gu Investment Group Pty Ltd




Marquette Properties

Port of Brisbane Pty Ltd

Leftfield Capital Partners


Primewest Management

Queensland Investment Corporation

SMPR Property Group

SC Capital Partners Group

Summerset Group Holdings Limited

Tango Property


Vicinity Centres

Virtus Health

Work highlights

  • Advised Cbus Property in relation to its proposed redevelopment of the site at 435 Bourke Street, into a premium office building.
  • Advised Hesperia on the partial development of a large, multi-tenanted Roe Highway Logistic Park.
  • Acted for Marquette Investments Managers Pty Ltd on the $420m purchase of two commercial office buildings.

Hall & Wilcox

Well regarded for its health and affordable social housing offering, Hall & Wilcox is adept in advising on government and public infrastructure portfolios, property developments and REITs. Natalie Bannister co-leads the practice and is proficient in commercial, industrial, and retail leasing work as well as utilities infrastructure projects. Fellow co-head John O’Kane is noted for his expertise in the development of healthcare assets and residential apartment developments. Based in Sydney, Jennifer Degotardi is knowledgeable of title and development matters pertaining to renewable development projects. All of the individuals that have been mentioned are located in Melbourne, unless stated otherwise.

Practice head(s):

Natalie Bannister; John O’Kane

Other key lawyers:

Jennifer Degotardi; Jane Baddeley; Emily Kyriacou


‘H&W was able to advise us on all of our requirements across multiple different areas and facilitate a smooth transition.’

Key clients

Australian Unity’s Healthcare Property Trust

Regis Aged Care Pty Ltd.

Indigenous Business Australia

Greater Geelong City Council

Dandy Premix Concrete Pty Ltd, Dandy Premix Quarries Pty Ltd

Transport Asset Holding Entity of New South Wales

Collins Place Pty Ltd

Metung Hot Springs Pty Ltd

Jesmond Aged Care

Laminex Group Pty Limited

Goldwind Australia Pty Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised Australian Unity’s Healthcare Property Trust on the $220m acquisition of nine residential aged care facilities in South Australia from Bolton Clarke.
  • Advised renewable energy developer Goldwind Australia on the finalisation of all land tenure arrangements for the Coppabella Wind Farm.
  • Assisted Indigenous Business Australia with the acquisition of 106-112 High Street, Shepperton, Victoria with an underlying land area which has been pre-let to the Victorian Government Department of Treasury.


With a national spread of work, Maddocks has a successful track record in large infrastructure projects. Alicia Albury in Sydney advises a litany of clients on commercial, industrial and hotel acquisitions, disposals, and developments. Nick Holuigue is proficient in the management of leasings and sales, while Clare Batrouney is noted for her public sector transactional work. All of the individuals that have been mentioned are located in Melbourne, unless stated otherwise.

Practice head(s):

Nick Holuigue; Alicia Albury

Other key lawyers:

Clare Batrouney; Cameron Thomson; James Beauchamp


‘They are reliable, responsive, and cover the different areas of law.’

‘The partners and senior associates are attentive, provide good advice, and turnaround of work.’

‘Able to tailor services and advice to a fairly unique situation. Presents as a credible resource to the other party which has facilitated the evolving discussions and contract positions.’

Key clients







Commonwealth Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water (DCCEEW) – Australian Antarctic Division

Various Commonwealth, State and Local Government bodies – Victoria, NSW and ACT

JHD Capital

WinterbourneWind Pty Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised on the landmark project, STH BNK by Beulah including OC structuring and rules, managing the residential and hotel interface, as well as value management.
  • Acted for private principle investment company, JDH Capital, on the $210.5m acquisition of the Sir Stamford Circular Quay hotel site in Sydney.
  • Acted for Wyndham City Council in the negotiation of the development agreement and all documentation for a new $200m Stadium Precinct.


Led by Jennifer Andrews, the real estate department at Dentons is well regarded for its expertise in leasing law and residential development work. Cara Richardson in Brisbane assists large institutional companies with the acquisition and disposal of businesses and land, while Matthew Geary is proficient in commercial, industrial and retail leasing. All of the individuals that have been mentioned are located in Sydney, unless stated otherwise.

Practice head(s):

Jennifer Andrews

Other key lawyers:

Cara Richardson; Matthew Geary; Carolina Zandarin


‘Their collaboration is the key.’

‘They are proactive.’

Key clients

Hilton international

Waste Management Pty Ltd t/as Urban Waste

Commonwealth Bank

The Paraplegic and Quadriplegic Association of NSW t/as Forward Ability Support

Work highlights

  • Acted for Charter Hall on the Adelaide GPO development, including resolving outstanding obligations with an adjoining hotel developer.
  • Acted as the sole provider of legal leasing services for Lot Fourteen, Adelaide by Urban Renewal Authority as part of the SA Government.
  • Advised Fridcorp on its Beyond project.

Gilbert + Tobin

Gilbert + Tobin’s recent work highlights include advising on healthcare, precinct and over-station developments as well as handling agricultural leases and residential building acquisitions. Amanda Hempel leads the practice and is informed on commercial, industrial and retail leasing, while Elias Stephen is active on joint ventures as well as acting for clients in the hotel, resort and tourism spaces. Nicholas Lazarou is knowledgeable of the development aspects of significant infrastructure projects. All of the individuals mentioned are located in Sydney.

Practice head(s):

Amanda Hempel

Other key lawyers:

Elias Stephen; Nicholas Lazarou; Jo Bayes: Matti Bechler


‘Skilled in property transactions.’

‘They are experienced, provide excellent advice, and focus on risk management for the client.’

‘Great subject knowledge, a single point of contact, and easy access to other specialist teams.’

Key clients



Healthscope (part of Brookfield)




Aware Real Estate

Altis Property Partners


Prime Value Asset Management

Charter Hall

Spirit Super

Frasers Property


Health Infrastructure NSW

Iris Capital

Sun Venture


Work highlights

  • Advised Plenary Group on its successful bid for the UNSW Health Translation Hub, a major commercial and medical research building, which is subleased to the University of NSW.
  • Advising Macquarie Group on all aspects of the subdivision and project delivery process with Sydney Metro.
  • Acted for TRG on its acquisition of a leasehold interest in approx. 3,000ha of macadamia orchards in the Maryborough, Bundaberg and Rockhampton regions.

K&L Gates

With offices in Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, and Sydney, the sizeable real estate practice at K&L Gates advises clients across the aviation, energy and resources, healthcare and social and affordable housing sectors. Will Grinter in Melbourne co-leads the team with Sandra Steele; the former is currently engaged in multi-stage, mixed-use urban projects. Samuel Brown and Brisbane-based Damiano Castelli cater to infrastructure projects, while the former also handles transactions and investment fund issues. All of the individuals that have been mentioned are located in Sydney, unless stated otherwise.

Practice head(s):

Sandra Steele; Will Grinter

Other key lawyers:

Samuel Brown; Damiano Castelli


‘Responsive and commercial, while still maintaining technical excellence.’

‘Top quality real estate practice. They are able to leverage technology to improve collaboration with clients.’

‘K&L Gates have strong legal skills and a client-focused mindset.’

‘Sam Brown is brilliant. He is very experienced in all types of real estate matters and builds a great rapport with clients.’

‘Will Grinter is one our must trusted advisers – both legal and commercial. His commitment to providing timely and practical advice is second to none.’

‘Will Grinter is a nurturing partner who genuinely cares about the development of the lawyers in his team, creating a positive culture and loyal team who have depth of knowledge regarding each clients’ business.’

‘Will Grinter is our “go to” lawyer on all matters. He understands every aspect of our business and drivers, which means he takes a holistic and very commercial approach to the advice he provides.’

‘Will Grinter is one of the first people we call to sound out new projects, challenges and opportunities with – he always adds a lot of value to the process and helps us shape our strategic direction.’

Key clients

Lendlease Corporation


Aliro Group



Pathways Health Management

Medlog Australia Pty Ltd

Cairns Airport Pty Ltd

Mackay Airport Pty Ltd

Sydney Fish Market Pty Ltd


Vivacity Property

RATCH Australia Corporation

NSW Ports

Port of Brisbane

Brisbane Airport Corporation

Telstra Corporation Limited

Hamton Property Group

Bensons Property Group

National Australia Bank

City of Sydney

Evolution Trustees Limited

Springfield City Group

Manulife Investment Management Timberland and Agriculture (Australasia)

Great Southern Waste Technologies

Real I.S.


Schiavello Group

Nutrien Ag Solutions Ltd

Generator Property Management

Munich RE

Opal Aged Care

Centennial Property Group

Canadian Solar


Prime Value Asset Management

Keppel Corporation

Bridge Housing

Capella Capital

Mission Housing Australia

Shakespeare Property Group



Someva Renewables

Wilson Parking

Franze Developments

Outline Projects

Lander & Rogers

Led by John Wells, Lander & Rogers is geared to handle developments, foreign investment into Australian real estate assets, as well as retail leasing mandates. Nick Stocks is adept at structured real estate transactions and is a key contact for institutional buyers and developers, landlords, and tenants. Lee Wolveridge advises clients on mixed use developments, while Sydney-based Lisa Townsend is also a key member of the team. All of the individuals that have been mentioned are located in Melbourne, unless stated otherwise.

Practice head(s):

John Wells

Other key lawyers:

Nick Stocks; Lee Wolveridge; Lisa Townsend; Tim McDonald; Peter Kritikides


‘Outstanding depth and responsiveness. Accurate advice provided in a simple manner, with timely delivery.’

‘John Wells – exceptional practice leader. Responsive and commercial.’

Key clients

Charter Hall Group

Australian Rail Track Corporation Limited

MAB Corporation

Bunnings, Officeworks, Kmart, Target, Tyre & Auto and Nutrien

Lineage Logistics

Fife Capital

Cawley Road Pty Ltd


Centuria Healthcare (Centuria Capital Limited and Centuria Developments Pty Ltd)



Straits Real Estate

Starbucks Australia


Healthscope Operations Limited

Mills Oakley

Overseen by national head of property James Price, Mills Oakley's practice is a key port of call for significant occupiers on industrial and retail leasing transactions. Tim L’Orange leads the Sydney team and is noted for his expertise in property acquisitions and sales, while Perth-based practice head Patrick Thaung handles property due diligence, sales contracts and structuring transactions. Adam Peppinck in Canberra acts for an assortment of government departments and statutory authorities on acquisitions and disposals. Also highlighted is Tony Butler, who oversees the Brisbane department.

Practice head(s):

James Price; Tim L’Orange; Tony Butler; Patrick Thaung; Adam Peppinck

Other key lawyers:

Bhavini Sundarjee; Edwina Reynolds; Emma De Leon


‘They provide us with a wide range of legal knowledge.’

‘They have a great understanding of the commercial real estate industry and are up to date with the latest market trends.’

‘You always feel you come first as a client.’

‘The Melbourne commercial law team has good diversity, are commercially astute, and provide recommendations/solutions, not just a legal response.’

‘The diversity of the team provides us with the support we require to fulfil all the requirements we have.’

‘Emma De Leon has a very collaborative team, and they deliver timely and very commercial advice.’

‘Emma De Leon is extremely knowledgeable, and her advice is always precise and heavily relied on.’

‘James Price is an experienced commercial lawyer who provides excellent advice, strategy, and solutions. He leads a diverse team.’

Key clients

Charter Hall

Blackstone Real Estate

GPT Group

Goodman Group




Investa Property Group

Mulpha Group

China Investment Corporation (Leader AutaInvest)





Work highlights

  • Advising GPT (as co-owner with Austrak) of Somerton Business Park on a ground lease with Aware Super to develop an intermodal terminal.
  • Advising Investa on the A$275m acquisition of 220 London Circuit, Canberra City, a two-building mixed use complex.
  • Advising AFIAA Swiss Foundation for Real Estate Investments (AFIAA) on the acquisition of 100% of the units in the landowner trust.

Squire Patton Boggs

Noted for its capabilities in commercial and retail leasing, Squire Patton Boggs is a strong choice for global retailers, institutional investors and real estate owners and investors. Dannelle Howley leads the team from Sydney and specialises in real estate transactions, while Mark Palermo in Perth is experienced in real estate developments and joint venture contracting.

Practice head(s):

Dannelle Howley

Other key lawyers:

Mark Palermo


‘The team are fantastic. They provide consistent high quality and valued legal work in a prompt and efficient manner.’

‘They are totally focused on clients’ interests.’

‘Deep understanding and experience of the real estate sector.’

‘Timely advice, quick turnaround, attention to detail, and a pragmatic approach to all issues and contexts surrounding dealings.’

‘Commercial, responsive, and outcome driven.’

‘Dannelle Howley is extremely talented. She is personable, caring, understands her clients and works extremely hard. She is totally dedicated to her job and clients’.

‘Dannelle Howley and her team are very effective and accessible.’

‘Mark Palermo is outstanding; he knows our business very well and we value how he can pre-empt what legal advice and issues we need help navigating.’

Key clients

Alkane Resources

Australian Strategic Materials

AXA Investment Managers

Development WA

Autoleague Australia

Brookfield Properties

Far East Consortium

La Vie Hotels

Macquarie Group

LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH)

Ark Capital Partners

Thomson Geer

Frequently handling leasehold portfolio management issues, property law remains a key component of the practice at Thomson Geer. Adelaide-based Chris Kelly‘s practice encompasses commercial acquisitions and leasings as well as renewable energy and infrastructure projects. Chris O’Shea in Brisbane handles a breadth of hotel and tourism asset transactions in addition to commercial, residential, and retail developments.

Other key lawyers:

Chris Kelly; Chris O’Shea; Joseph Ip


‘A very strong real estate team with seamless integration.’

‘The level of service was exceptional.’

‘They are creative in finding solutions to complex problems, and they proactively advise on the pros/cons of each option.’

‘Chris O’Shea is a go-to lawyer for any real estate issues.’

‘Chris O’Shea was excellent in assisting with some complex transaction structures and advising on the pros/cons of each, and alternatives to what the parties had considered.’

‘Chris O’Shea provides clear and comprehensive advice; he is a responsive and reliable asset when it comes to ensuring all details are correct.’

Key clients

Village Roadshow

CSR Building Products

Telstra Corp

Adelaide Airport

ICD Property

Infrastructure NSW

Federation Asset Management

Ramsay Pastoral Pty Ltd, GC Campo Santo Pty Ltd

Estia Health

Work highlights

  • Advised Village Roadshow in relation to the surrender of its existing cinema and office leases and subsequent relocation.
  • Advised CSR Building Products in relation to a land swap arrangement with Chirnside Park Country Club and the redevelopment of the Chirnside Park golf course.
  • Acted for Telstra on the acquisition of around 170 leases.

Jackson McDonald

The real estate department at Jackson McDonald is regularly engaged in retail leasings, retirement village projects, and structured property transactions. Head of the team Simon Moen handles urban renewal projects, while Bianca McGoldrick is knowledgeable of commercial property land developments and leasing issues. Ryan Chorley is proficient in anchor tenant leasing as well as agribusiness transactions. All of the individuals that have been mentioned are located in Perth.

Practice head(s):

Simon Moen

Other key lawyers:

Bianca McGoldrick; Ryan Chorley


‘A one stop shop, which is home to great people from diverse backgrounds.’

‘Simon Moen is a great communicator, who is always available, and commercial.’

‘Intimate knowledge of the industry.’

Key clients


Canci Property group


St Ives Villages Pty Ltd


Georgiou Capital and Georgiou Developments

City of South Perth

City of Fremantle

City of Joondalup

Hero Pty Ltd

McRae Investments Pty Ltd

Revo Fitness


Johnson Winter Slattery

Johnson Winter Slattery’s broad client roster includes foreign investors, investment funds, REITs, and sovereign wealth and pension funds. Peter Trevaskis is skilled in property acquisitions, sales, developments as well as industrial leasing work, while Carrie Follas excels in the agriculture and plantation forestry sectors. Rita Bradshaw handles corporate accommodation co-investments and also identifies real estate risks arising in M&A transactions. All of the individuals that have been mentioned are located in Sydney.

Practice head(s):

Peter Trevaskis; Carrie Follas

Other key lawyers:

Rita Bradshaw; David Colenso; Andrew Wilton


‘Their team of lawyers is experienced and diverse, which allows us to leverage them on many aspects of our business.’

‘The partners work collaboratively together bringing expertise to the table as needed. They are result oriented.’

‘The team is creative and experienced. They are always available and respond promptly to our requests.’

Key clients

Elanor Investors Group


Accord Property

New Horizons Properties

Pipeclay Lawson Limited

Lineage Logistics

AEP Property Group

Excel Farms

Peabody Energy

LINX Cargo

Telstra Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Pipeclay on the sale of a portfolio of four industrial properties based in Sydney and Brisbane.
  • Advising Peabody Energy on the sale of a 12,722 hectare pastoral holding.
  • Advised Accord Property on the acquisition and development of childcare centres across Australia for its Early Learning Fund.


Praised as ‘specialists in real estate legal advice’, leasing portfolios and property transactions remain a cornerstone of the specialist boutique firm Massons. Jodie Masson and Leisha de Aboitiz oversee the practice; the former has been described as ‘measured and knowledgeable’, while the latter is adept in titling and strata law. Ole Mitrevski is experienced in distressed assets, while Alex Ho caters to leasing transactions for a breadth of commercial, industrial and retail sites. All of the individuals that have been mentioned are located in Sydney.

Practice head(s):

Jodie Masson; Leisha de Aboitiz

Other key lawyers:

Ole Mitrevski; Alex Ho


‘Massons are truly real estate specialists who not only have strong technical skills but a wealth of commercial knowledge, which is essential to the efficient resolution of matters.’

‘They are commercially minded, creative thinkers, and are efficient in problem solving.’

‘Professional and responsive. They have commercial acumen and have created a specialisation in strata matters in addition to their general real estate work.’

Key clients

151 Property (a Blackstone company)

Arrow Capital Partners



Brookfield Properties

Coates Hire

City of Sydney

City West Housing

DTL Entertainment Group

DWS (a Deutsche Bank AG company)

Eagle Property Group



Metcash (including its subsidiary Mitre 10)


Spark Renewables


Moray & Agnew

With a full-service property law offering, Moray & Agnew excels in environmental, heritage and land contamination issues. David Gandolfo and Briony Kerr lead the Melbourne group; the former handles commercial, industrial and retail leasings, while the latter is often engaged on the acquisition and disposal of industrial and commercial land. In Newcastle, practice heads Fiona Nelson and Jimmy Griffiths are informed on strata projects. Other key members of the team include Emma Reilly in Canberra, Anne Wood in Perth, and Andrew Kerr in Cairns.

Practice head(s):

David Gandolfo; Briony Kerr; Fiona Nelson; Jim Griffiths; Emma Reilly; Anne Wood; Andrew Kerr

Other key lawyers:

Joshua Szwarcbard; Tina Kealy; Noweid Ali


‘The Moray & Agnew property team are readily available for discussions utilising their extensive knowledge and prompt back up preparing all the relevant documents to keep a deal alive.’

‘Briony Kerr and her team have proven to be very competent and readily available to sort just about any tricky problem.’

Key clients

Pelligra/Metrics Capital Partners: Dandenong Plaza

Pelligra: 85 Spring Street, Melbourne

Property Collectives

Centennial Property Group

Amplifon Australia


DOMA Group

Defence Housing Australia (DHA)

Thirdi Group

Clean Energy Partnership Pty Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised Pelligra on the acquisition of Dandenong Plaza, a 54,000-square-metre shopping centre in south east Melbourne, Victoria.
  • Acted for Amplifon, a global provider of hearing loss, technology, testing and treatment services, on its nationwide leasing requirements.
  • Acting for a major Australian Government body, Defence Housing Australia, on all leasing work in all Australian states and territories.

Piper Alderman

Labelled as a ‘strong and knowledgeable team’, Piper Alderman's practice is a key contact for corporate entities, government authorities as well as institutional investors. Mark Askin co-leads the department from Brisbane and acts for listed property funds and private REITs in real estate capital transactions. Fellow co-head Adam Rinaldi in Adelaide is well versed in mixed-use projects, office developments and retail and commercial tenancies. Janet Wong in Melbourne is often engaged on industrial and residential developments.

Practice head(s):

Mark Askin; Adam Rinaldi

Other key lawyers:

Janet Wong; Warren Denny; Lauren Abbott


‘The team provides appropriate advice in a timely manner. I feel that I am listened to when I make an enquiry and need advice.’

‘Attentive, accessible, and very good communicators.’

‘The Piper Alderman real estate team are diligent, hardworking, personable, and always listen to client’s needs.’

‘We have a very friendly and practical relationship with the partners and their associates which makes for effective and efficient outcomes.’

‘Each partner has an in-depth knowledge and knows how to apply this in a commercially practical way.’

‘They provide independent practical advice that has our best interests at heart. Their services are provided in a timely manner, and the team are flexible in their approach and listen to the outcomes needed.’

‘Piper Alderman provides practical commercial legal solutions. They are innovative in their advice and provide amazing, personalised customer service. Their staff are friendly and down to earth – a rare find in larger law firms.’

‘Mark Askin and his team take the time to really understand client needs which contributes to an overall better outcome. Mark’s communication is exceptional. He is extremely approachable and accessible – his service feels genuine.’

Key clients

Alceon Group Pty Limited

APH Holding

Bridgestone Australia Limited

Broadmoor Private Investments Limited

Charter Hall

CS Development Group

Duxton Group of Companies

Edge Early Learning Group

FRP Capital Pty Ltd

Greatland Group

Growthpoint Properties Australia

Join Glory WTC Pty Ltd

Mars 420 and Mars 424 Group

McMullin Developments

Morris Group

Penfold Property Group

Port of Brisbane Pty Ltd

Rockhampton Regional Council

Sunkin Group

Sun Property Group

Super Retail Group Limited

Tian An Australia Limited

VIMG Australia

Warakirri Asset Management Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for Melbourne-based developer, Sunkin Property Group, in its $600m+ staged mixed-use development known as “Highett Common”.
  • Acting for the Morris Group on the ongoing development and restructuring of the Breakwater Island Master Plan and delivery of the new $110m, 132 room Ardo Hotel.
  • Acting for FRP Capital, an unlisted real estate investment trust on its $80m acquisition of Brickworks Market Place from Charter Hall and Telstra Super.