Clayton Utz thrives on a number of real estate fronts including high-value disposals and acquisitions, mixed-use developments, urban renewals, and innovation precincts, and significant projects in the industrial, affordable and social housing, energy, and government infrastructure sectors. Further expertise is held in relation to representing REIT and private equity clients with inbound Asian investment work also a core component of the offering. Practice head Nikki Robinson is a development expert with distinguished proficiency in the aged care sector; her team also includes Julie Levis who has a proven track record of advising at every stage of a number of Australia’s largest schemes, from site acquisition through to completion and sales. Carrie Rogers is a further key name with prowess in commercial and industrial leasing and leasebacks while recently promoted partner Eva Oraham works on everything from acquisitions and disposals through to development agreements. Named partners are Sydney-based.
Real estate in Australia
Other key lawyers:
- Acted on one of the largest property deals in Australia this year to date, the sale of a 50% interest in the iconic Rialto building in Melbourne, for over $643m. The transaction involved significant complexity, including establishing a framework for COVID tenant rent relief negotiations for a period that straddled a change in co-ownership.
- Clayton Utz was appointed as sole legal advisor on the Snowy 2.0 Project – an expansion of the Snowy Scheme within Kosciusko National Park (KNP) which will deliver over $4.5bn in power assets.
- Acting on one of the market’s biggest acquisitions taking a half stake in Sydney’s landmark Chifley Tower for approx. $900m.
Corrs Chambers Westgarth runs a varied workload which includes mixed-use, urban infrastructure and master-planned developments, corporate real estate matters, commercial leasing, and high-value purchases and disposals. Core expertise extends beyond traditional assets to include education, student accommodation, healthcare, leisure, hotel, and retail property in addition to social housing and build-to-rent. Melbourne-based practice head Nathaniel Popelianski is a proven name when it comes to high-magnitude, complex projects. Peter Calov is a specialist in over station developments, joint ventures, title structures, and financing while Paul Carrick is 'an excellent practitioner whose breadth and depth of real estate law is first class'. Clients include investors, project sponsors, commercial landlords, and corporate occupiers and banks.
‘Access to a partner is exceptional. The team is a very collegiate, calm, and respectful unit, which extends to meetings with external parties.’
‘Daryl is an outstanding practitioner and he provides great leadership to his team and in meetings with all parties.’
‘Smart, commercial, humble, personable staff.’
‘Paul Carrick is an excellent practitioner whose breadth and depth of real estate law is first class.’
‘Christine Partridge is very talented legal practitioner who is very commercial and excellent at drafting bespoke legal positions.’
‘Very experienced and knowledge of the market and the law. Highly commercial and great and negotiating commercial outcomes. They are the best law firm that I have dealt with. Passionate and genuine client relations.’
‘Best in class knowledge of their craft and how to successfully apply it. Proactive in their approach and very effective at working towards successful outcomes.’
‘The property team has taken the time to get to know our business over the course of many years. The real estate team has always provided technically excellent, pragmatic advice, taking into account what is reasonable by industry standards. They provide excellent service, value for money, and are a pleasure to deal with.’
‘Nathaniel Popelianski is an exceptional operator. He is responsive, calm, and considered and an excellent communicator of complex ideas. Nathaniel has excellent technical and industry knowledge is very commercial and always delivers on agreed time frames. Nathaniel is also an absolute pleasure to work with and his service provides great value for money.’
Stockland (Client over 80 years)
Mirvac (Client over 15 years)
Frasers Property Limited (Client over 10 years)
National Australia Bank (Client over 10 years)
Allianz Real Estate GmbH (Client over 1 year)
Coles Group (7+ years)
Queensland Government (Client over 10 years)
Oxford Property Group
Metro North Hospital and Health Service
Investa Property Group
- Advising National Australia Bank (NAB) on the delivery of three major new office projects in Sydney and Melbourne.
- Advised Grocon and Oxford Properties in relation to the A$1.7bn Pitt Street integrated station development project, for a mixed-use northern commercial office tower and separate southern residential tower project entered into with Sydney Metro for the integrated private development over public infrastructure project.
- Advised Blackstone on a 299-year leasehold interest in three office towers above and around the Westfield complex in Sydney’s Central Business District worth A$1.52bn, making it one of the largest property deals of 2019.
Herbert Smith Freehills
Herbert Smith Freehills’ full-service real estate offering encompasses all forms of relevant work from acquisitions, disposals, and market-leading developments through to more specialist areas such as native title and indigenous heritage. In Brisbane, Luke Simpson provides expertise in high-end commercial developments, while Michael Back is a veteran when it comes to infrastructure projects and fund investments. David Sinn heads the department from Melbourne; his team also includes Perth-based Frank Poeta who demonstrates a history of handling some of Western Australia’s most significant projects. The department is well-equipped to act on both inbound and outbound investment work into Asia and is also revered for its work on infrastructure and mining projects and commercial and retail leasing. Clients include landlords, financiers, construction contractors, funds, developers, tenants, and several government bodies.
Dexus Property Group
Scape Australia Management Pty Ltd
TH Real Estate (Now Nuveen)
M&G Real Estate Asia Pte. Ltd
Link Asset Management Limited
Chevron Australia Pty Ltd
- Advised Healthscope on its complicated A$4.4bn takeover by Brookfield. As part of the takeover, Healthscope agreed to the sale and leaseback of 22 hospitals for A$2.5bn with Medical Properties Trust and Northwest.
- Advised Scape Australia on its acquisition of the A$2bn portfolio of dorms run by Urbanest.
- Advised Link Asset Management on its acquisition of a Sydney office tower from Blackstone for A$683m. Link REIT is a $30bn Hong Kong listed real estate investment trust, and this acquisition marked its first transaction outside of Hong Kong and mainland China.
King & Wood Mallesons
The 'market-leading' real estate practice at King & Wood Mallesons is a go-to name on a number of fronts; examples include urban regeneration, renewal and development projects, real estate-related M&A, and purchases and acquisitions. The team is engaged for both inbound and outbound investment work and is also well-equipped to act on financing matters including restructuring and alternative funding structures. Brisbane-based Craig Rogers jointly leads the practice with Mark Bayliss and Stuart Dixon-Smith, a specialist in a wealth of matters related to large-scale projects such as stamp duty, taxation, and structured titles. Emily Masters is acclaimed for sales and transactions; she operates from Melbourne alongside Andrew Erikson who holds distinguished capacity in retail leasing, hotel investments, and agribusiness, and Simone Menz who frequently acts for REITs and runs a practice which spans joint ventures, co-ownership arrangements, and fund-through acquisitions. Other key names include PPP, residential and transport project expert, Chris Mitchell and Jessica Wallis whose broad range of knowledge includes occupational leasing. Named partners are based in Sydney unless stated otherwise.
Other key lawyers:
‘The KWM Real Estate Team is very well regarded and seen as the market leader in Australia.’
‘The top two members of are: Stuart Dixon-Smith who brings an unrivalled experience and knowledge basis to his work, and is an innovative thinker. His transaction structuring is first class. Mark Bayliss is well organised and a stronger performer on many major deals.’
‘KWM is hands-down the strongest Property practice group in Australia, with excellent lawyers in all facets and in each office. It is also worth noting the Property group works seamlessly with their Litigation/dispute Resolution group – this is not always the case with their competitors.’
Transport for New South Wales (TfNSW)
Suburban Land Agency and ACT Government
Moelis Australia Fund Management Pty Ltd & SPH REIT Management Pte Limited
Jones Lang LaSalle
Built Development Group Pty Ltd
Keppel REIT Management Limited
Pacific Alliance Group
Canada Pension Plan Investment Board
- Advised, as part of a broader team, Brookfield on its $5.712bn acquisition (structured as a dual track scheme of arrangement and conditional takeover offer) of Healthscope Limited (HSO), Australia’s second largest private hospital and healthcare services provider.
- Acted on the $1.52bn sale of 100 Market Street and 77 and 85 Castlereagh Street (Westfield, Sydney CBD) from Scentre Group by way of three 299 year leases.
- Providing legal and strategic advice to TfNSW in relation to the $955m Central Precinct Renewal Project which involves the large-scale redevelopment of Central Station and surrounding infrastructure.
At Minter Ellison, the team supports across the full lifecycle of major asset transactions, urban renewal projects, and developments, catering to a client roster which includes developers, corporates, property fund managers, and government. In Sydney, Virginia Briggs 'focuses on moving deals forward' and runs a notably broad practice which sees her act on the sale, purchase, leasing and development matters; she heads the department with Cameron Charlton, a land development and urban renewal expert. The team’s workload encompasses residential, retail, industrial, and commercial properties along with retirement village assets, an area of particular specialism for the group. Adrian Rich is also an integral member of the team; he fronts the capital transaction group and is active on major property transactions across the entirety of Australia. The group is well-equipped for volume leasing and conveyancing work which it handles on behalf of both tenants and institutional property owners.
‘The ME real estate team works hard to partner with you and understand your risk tolerance. They are committed to supporting in house legal teams so that they can remain upskilled and relevant. They take a keen interest in the sector and share the knowledge and contacts they have generously.’
‘Virginia Briggs- calm and strategic, Virginia is focused on moving your deal along, Virginia becomes part of the wider deal team and works well with other members of the consultant team. Julie Purbrick- amazing attention to detail, and a huge commitment to getting your deal over the line.’
Brookfield / Multiplex
Various Local and State Governments (and their statutory organisations and departments)
- Advised Urbanest on the A$2bn sale of its Australian student accommodation business and property portfolio to Scape Australia.
- Engaged to provide legal services to Lendlease to complete 967 apartment sales on the Darling Square project.
- Acted as the principal legal adviser of LAHC’s A$2.2bn redevelopment of Ivanhoe Estate, helping to delivering on the governments social and affordable housing agenda. .
Allens maintains a significant presence in the development space where it supports at every stage of projects from acquisition, structuring, pre-lets, and funding through to final construction and delivery. Led by Melbourne-based David McLeish who acts for a number of government clients, the team is also engaged for a range of other matters; examples include direct and indirect investments, industrial and retail leasing, financing, funds management, and property due diligence. Distinguished sector expertise includes the build-to-rent market as well as renewable energy with the client roster spanning property companies, large corporate and international investors, mainly from the US, Germany, and Asia. Tim Chislett, a capital transactions and real estate joint ventures specialist, was recently promoted to partner.
Other key lawyers:
- Advised Mirvac on their landmark ‘first-of-a-kind’ development under which Mirvac is developing a 490-apartment build-to-rent tower opposite the historic Queen Victoria Market in Melbourne.
- Advised a private fund managed by global investment manager BlackRock and Centuria Property Funds Limited (Centuria) on the sale of two office buildings in the Sydney suburb of Chatswood for $440m.
- Advised CBRE Global Investors on the acquisition, development and financing, on a forward fund basis, of a 25-storey A-grade building at 118 Mount Street, North Sydney.
Ashurst fields a full-service real estate team with reputed capacity for acquisitions and divestments, developments, leasing matters, financing, and corporate property investment. Pauline Tan is at the helm of the practice which is noted for its sector-specific expertise in the government, hotel and leisure, REIT, and real estate fund areas. John Stawyskyj is based alongside Tan in Sydney with the pair both notably active on the cross-border front where the team represents a number of international companies on their Australia-related activities. The Brisbane office saw a significant arrival in Tim Mathers, the former practice head of DLA Piper; he arrives with a proven track record for large-scale development projects.
Oxford Properties Group
NorthWest Healthcare Properties REIT
City of Parramatta Council
Crown Resorts Limited
The Macfarlane Burnet Institute for Medical Research and Public Health Ltd
Royal Caribbean Cruises Limited
Urban Development Australia – a wholly owned subsidiary of Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation
Logos Property Group
Woolworths Group Limited
Stichting Depositary PGGM Private Real Estate Fund
Greaton Development Pty Ltd
Quantem (formerly known as ANZ Terminals)
Destination Brisbane Consortium
- Represented Oxford Properties in the divestment of 12 office towers in Sydney, Brisbane, Canberra and Perth. The sales were individually transacted, with an aggregate realisation of over A$2.3bn.
- Ashurst acted for NorthWest on its funding of Brookfield’s A$1.2bn+ acquisition of the Healthscope Limited.
- Ashurst acts for City of Parramatta Council, in its capacity as owner of Parramatta Square, in its dealings with Walker Corporation on the construction of four A-grade commercial office towers comprising Walker Corporation’s A$3.2bn Parramatta Square project.
Norton Rose Fulbright is routinely entrusted for acquisitions, sales, developments, and leasing matters across a range of assets including residential, mixed-use, student accommodation, energy, and agriculture. Found among its key specialisms are urban redevelopments, social infrastructure projects, and owing to its enormous geographical footprint, inward investment into Australia by major global players. Michael French heads the practice from Brisbane, leveraging a long history of acting on all commercial property-related matters, including financing.
University of Wollongong
CS Agriculture Pty Ltd and Cubbie Ginnery Pty Ltd
- Providing legal advice in support of UOW’s development of a state-of-the-art Health and Wellbeing Precinct on a 7.5-hectare site within UOW’s Innovation Campus in Wollongong.
- Acted for Ashe Morgan in its acquisition of The Complex, a cluster of 3 buildings occupying a whole bock in the Brisbane CBD, for A$425m.
- Acted on the negotiation of an agreement of lease and replacement leases following the substantial refurbishment of Optus’ Australian headquarters. The lease is for approximately 70,000 square metres.
Arnold Bloch Leibler
Arnold Bloch Leibler serves as a one-stop-shop for real estate matters, advising 'on the full spectrum of transactions'; it counts property acquisitions, sales, and leasing among its core strengths and also boasts a significant presence in the development space, acting on retail, commercial, industrial and mixed-use projects. Melbourne-based team head Ken Gray, praised as an 'outstanding lawyer, at the top of his game' is engaged by a broad client list of private, corporate and institutional entities; his team endeavours to assist at every stage of major projects, including contract arrangements, and is able to call upon supplementary construction, planning, and environmental expertise. Of late, the group has seen an uptick in instructions pertaining to the sale of shopping centre assets.
‘ABL deserves its strong reputation in the property field and they advise across the full spectrum of transactions. ABL has the capacity to think outside the square to recognise and seize opportunities. ABL is not cheap but by no means the most expensive either. They represent value for money because the partners are hands-on and take responsibility for their files.’
Beck Property Group
Haben Property Fund
Century Group Australia
Impact Investment Group
Lascorp Development Group
Burcher Property Group
- Advised Charter Hall on its $840m deal with BP Australia in an agreement that will see them and two of its funds have a stake in 225 convenience and fuel outlets.
- Advised Impact Investment Group and the van Haandel family on the $100m+ sale of the iconic Byron Bay Beach Hotel to Moelis Australia.
- Advised Chinese-backed developer Century Group Australia on the $200m sale of their development ‘Flinders Bank’ to property developer Mirvac.
Clients note Baker McKenzie as 'market leaders in the Australian hospitality industry', owing to its dedicated practice for hotel, resort, and tourism-related assets. The group also enjoys a formidable reputation for a wealth of other work including mixed-use and residential developments, corporate real estate, and inbound investment, particularly from German and other European, Asian, Canadian, and US funds. Sydney-based department head David Jones is reputed for his handling of asset privatisation and state significant development projects on behalf of government clients and his team is also active in the retail space, notably acting for several household luxury brands. Also prevalent within the workload are leasing and portfolio restructuring mandates, among other matters. Also based in Sydney is Roy Melick, an expert in mixed-use, shopping centre, hotel, and resort developments. Elsewhere in Melbourne, Dora Stilianos 'is particularly good at finding commercial solutions to any hurdles'.
‘Dora Stilianos is an astute commercially savvy partner who understands the property industry well. She is particularly good at finding commercial solutions to barriers or hurdles. A very competent and hardworking lawyer.’
‘This practice is unique in its depth of knowledge and understanding of the hotel industry. In my view, they are the market leaders in Australia for the hotel industry. They ask the right questions early to cut issues off before they arise and assist to manage the issues at the front end that have a long lead time to resolve so that settlement isn’t delayed.’
‘The team lead by Roy Melick and ably assisted by Bethany Armstrong and Rebecca Tan know what the pressure points will be from the beginning of the transaction and assist to resolve them efficiently and commercially. They have a good understanding of when issues are genuinely urgent and are available on short notice and 24/7 at the crucial moments of the transaction. That, combined with the fact that they are quite unflappable and genuinely nice people make them easy to deal with.’
‘A good blend of experience across the group, not always relying on partners.’
‘Bruce Webb, very experienced and excellent at overseeing a team of practitioners.’
AEW Capital Management
Home Consortium Limited
Elanor Funds Management
- Advised on the sale of the Nine Network premises located in Willoughby, New South Wales, who had occupied the site for over 60 years, for A$249m.
- Advised AEW Capital Management on its acquisition of the 27-level tower at 31 Queen Street in Melbourne from Challenger, for $200m.
- Advised Home Consortium on its public listing on the Australian Stock Exchange in addition to ongoing advice and transactional work for its entire Australian real property and tenancy portfolio.
Colin Biggers & Paisley
Colin Biggers & Paisley’s real estate offering spans leasing, acquisition, portfolio, disputes, and development work. It is fronted by Melbourne-based Rhett Oliver; he and his team are well-versed when it comes to major mixed-use developments and provide input at every stage from acquisition and project structuring through to titling and sales. The team has made paperless project conveyancing a priority and also specializes in commercial and retail leasing, valuation approvals, and land subdivision and titling. The team saw the departure of Duane Keighran and his hotels and real estate team who established Keighran Legal + Advisory in July 2021.
Accord Pacific Holdings
Avari Capital Partners
Balintore Property Group
BaptistCare (NSW & ACT)
China Investment Corporation (CIC)
Downer EDI Limited
Dubai World Trade Centre
Henley / Edgewater
InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG)
Roads and Maritime Services
RAK Hospitality Holdings
Roxy Pacific Holdings
Terrace Tower Group
- Partnered with Poly to act on its behalf in relation to its purchase of 59 Goulburn St, Sydney under option from SC Capital Partners. The deal exchanged in February 2020. CBP acted in relation to the extensive negotiations of the put and call option and unit sale documentation, preparation of the FIRB application for Poly, planning, corporate, financial, and site due diligence including extensive due diligence in relation to the leasing portfolio.
- Acted for Deicorp in relation to its successful competitive tender to purchase a 4.3-hectare site at the Tallawong Station Precinct South project site under option from Sydney Metro.
- Acted for Deicorp in relation to its purchase of the 8,000sqm site at the Hills Showground Station Precinct under option from Sydney Metro. The purchase involved a competitive public tender process and lengthy negotiations with Sydney Metro and Landcom to secure the site.
Key staples of Gadens Lawyers’ practice include high-value transaction work, commercial and mixed-use developments, and both large-scale and stream leasing. In addition to traditional asset classes such as residential, retail, commercial and industrial, the team delivers notable expertise in healthcare, aged care, and retirement living, as well as the build-to-rent sector. Practice head Andrew Kennedy is an acquisition, leasing, and disposal expert; his team regularly works on matters at large shopping centres and also specialises in representing government clients.
Barwon Investment Partners
- Advised on all material property matters relating to the redevelopment of Karrinyup Shopping Centre, the largest shopping centre redevelopment in Australia. This includes advising on all majors and international leasing, retail leasing, building and construction matters.
- Advised Cbus Property on all property and construction aspects of the $1.25bn Collins Arch development located at 447 Collins Street, Melbourne.
- Acted in the development of ‘Trijena’, a large residential community in Mickleham, Victoria, including advising on the legal and commercial elements of entering into the agreement with the State Government.
At Hall & Wilcox, Natalie Bannister is a specialist in national portfolio management, sales and acquisition, property due diligence, development approvals and the leasing of industrial, retail and commercial assets; she heads the practice from Melbourne alongside John O’Kane who thrives in relation to residential, industrial and commercial developments, frequently working on the related agreements and documentation as well as joint venture arrangements. The practice also focuses on social and affordable housing, property fund transactions, and REITs; it recently gained new partners following the arrivals of Kitty Vo and Meg Lee from Ashurst and Gadens Lawyers respectively.
Arena REIT Management Limited
New World Holdings Pty Ltd
Victory Offices Limited
Compass Housing Services Co Ltd
Department of Treasury and Finance Victoria
Kaufland Australia Pty Ltd
IOOF Holdings Limited
Impact Investment Group
Department of Education and Training Victoria
Fletcher Building Group Ltd
Hume Community Housing Associate Co Ltd
Northwest Healthcare Australia RE and Northwest Healthcare Property REIT
Wyndham City Council
City of Canada Bay
AM Group Pty Ltd
- Acting as Arena REIT’s only legal service provider nationally. The team works on all acquisitions and developments which, in the last 12 months, have included three specialist disability facilities in South Australia, primary healthcare facilities in Western Australia and 11 new early learning centres and further development sites.
- Acted for Compass Housing Services on the Social Housing Management Transfer in NSW, which involves the management transfer of social housing services (including 14,000 tenancies and the delivery of private rental assistance) from the NSW Department of Communities and Justice to the community sector.
- Provided property leasing legal services to the Shared Service Provider (SSP) arm of the Victorian Department of Treasury and Finance. SSP delivers office accommodation and property management services for Victorian Government leased and owned properties on behalf of all Victorian government departments and specified agencies.
McCullough Robertson is home to a broad range of distinguished specialisms; it has a documented history of acting on large master-planned communities with Ian Hazzard recently engaged for education and university-related projects. The group is also a go-to name for real estate matters in the energy and resources, hotels and resorts, and rural sectors with a track record of also representing large international developers and local and international funds on the full array of relevant matters. Kristan Conlon leads the department which is geared to the representation of listed companies and international investors, also representing government clients with leasing, acquisition, sale, and strategic property advice affairs. Named lawyers are based in Brisbane.
Stockwell Funds Management
Prime Super Pty Limited
City of Darwin
Rural Funds Group
Hope Island Resort
Frasers Property Australia
Palgrove / NZ Super
- Advised Stockwell in the purchase of Noosa Civic Shopping Centre for A$253.5m from Queensland Investment Corporation (QIC), the Queensland Government owned investment company.
- Advised R&F on its first mixed-use residential development in Brisbane, called Brisbane One. With over 700 apartments, Brisbane One is a three-tower master plan development with a project value of A$218m.
- Advised Prime Super to their acquisition of commercial property ‘Citilink’, 153 Campbell Street, Bowen Hills QLD for A$76m.
Lawyers at Dentons are noted for their handling of major developments, sales and acquisitions, and high-end leasing matters, for both landlords and tenants. Sydney-based Chris Fabiansson heads the department which also works on strata and community schemes and inbound investment with a history of supporting on joint ventures, stamp duty, and GST effective structures. Other clients include developers, high-net-worth individuals, and institutions with asset class proficiency spanning the retail, residential, office, and industrial sectors. The practice has spearheaded a number of technology-based initiatives, most notably the push towards paper-free property transactions.
‘Good knowledge of the sectors we work in. Recognised as a leading brand amongst their peers. Competitive rates.’
‘Steve Healey is the standout partner in Sydney. Very efficient and decisive in the legal advice given. Always accessible when you need to get in contact. Broad range of interrelated property knowledge to address legal issues. Knows individuals within the Dentons organisation who can provide additional specialist advice if more legal detail is requested.’
Blackstone (151 Property)
CSR Building Products Limited
Dexus Property Group
Elanor Investors Group
The GPT Group
- Legal advisor for any matters related to their iconic, $620m Rouse Hill redevelopment.
- Advised the OCG regarding the Mary Valley Portfolio comprised approximately 500 properties at about approximately $200m.
- Acted for Dexus on the seperate purchases of 52 Collins Street and 60 Collins Street in the Melbourne CBD.
DLA Piper is adept at the full gamut of real estate work including sales, acquisitions, leasing, and large-scale developments. Among the key contacts are Sydney-based Les Koltai and Arthur Chong who operates from Melbourne. Former practice head Tim Mathers departed to Ashurst.
Gilbert + Tobin
At Gilbert + Tobin, the team has a significant presence in the real estate capital transaction space, representing real estate fund managers, global investment groups, and institutional capital clients, among others, on their stabilised investments into the full array of asset classes. Amanda Hempel, a lawyer with a track record of portfolio transactions and tenant representation, leads the department which is also relied upon for FIRB approvals, major asset and precinct developments, leasing matters, and real estate-related corporate transactions. Work is led out of the Sydney office though spans the entirety of Australia.
Other key lawyers:
Altis Property Partners
Commonwealth Bank of Australia
Crescent Capital Partners
David Jones / Woolworths Holdings (SA)
First State Super
Hudson Global Resources
Markham Real Estate Partners
Metro Property Development
New Pointe Investments, a Canadian investment firm
Quadrant Private Equity
Queensland Local Government Super
Twynam Agricultural Group
- Advised David Jones on the sale and leaseback of a flagship retail department store – the menswear store at 299 Bourke Street Mall in Melbourne, Victoria.
- Advised Altis Property Partners on land acquisition, joint venture, co-ownership and development arrangements for a new, circa $700-800m institutional grade, industrial joint venture in Western Sydney.
- Advised New Pointe Investments, a private Canadian based investor, on its first Australian acquisition, a major commercial office tower in Sydney CBD at 6-10 O’Connell Street, Sydney for $315m.
HFW’s core strengths lie in investment structuring, property development projects, and related financing. Led by Carolyn Chudleigh, distinguished for her knowledge of strata and community titles, the team offers a cradle to grave service for large-scale projects and transactions include due diligence, contract negotiations, and advising on jurisdiction-specific investment structures. Stephanie Lambert operates from Sydney alongside Chudleigh and is a star name for land titling, governance structure, and inbound investment advice, among other matters.
Perich Property Group / Greenfields Development Company
Zone Q (AUS arm of JiaHe JianAn Group)
Zhuhai Great Aim Group
Baozheng Development (Shanghai-based consortium)
China Venture Group
CWG Development Group
- Advised the PAYCE and Sekisui House joint venture on an innovative, large-scale integrated mixed use development as part of the Sydney Olympic Park Authority’s (SOPA) revitalization of Sydney Olympic Park.
- Advising on the A$2bn Oran Park Town project, an entirely new suburb that will eventually house over 25,000 people.
- Advised South Village on its A$800m+ South Village Kirrawee development, a mixed-use development comprising 7 residential towers, retail podium and public domain areas.
K&L Gates 'handles the full sphere of real estate matters' including residential, mixed-use, industrial, and retail developments on which it supports clients at every stage from the initial agreement through to the sale of developed assets. Sandra Steele heads the practice which is also active on the investment front, acting on both single asset and portfolio transactions and is likewise entrusted for leasing, real estate agency law, and capital transaction matters. Other notable components of the practice include its knowledge of the build-to-rent, co-living, and micro-living sectors as well as the vast amount of work that it handles on behalf of government clients. The 'energetic' Samuel Brown, based in Sydney alongside Steele, is praised for his 'expert legal skills and extensive background knowledge'.
‘What makes them unique is that they are very adaptable. So the real estate practice has broad expertise in real estate and is not confined to just one particular area of real estate law. This is really important for transactional work, as they can pre-empt future issues and future-proof our agreements and deals. In the event that there are ever issues as well, they can continue to run with them and it doesn’t get passed on to another department or firm. The practice is very much involved in all aspects of the file. Even if matters become litigious, the practice is very competent in dealing alongside with the relevant stakeholders. It’s rare to have such an adaptable practice.’
‘They are on the cutting edge of settlement work. They have invested a great deal in technology, which streamlines the settlement process and flow of information between our office and theirs. We get instantaneous updates and the ability to access real-time information, which is very important for keeping our other stakeholders up to date on our project progress.’
‘For all our transactions to date, Will Grinter has provided top-tier, seamless service. What is most impressive is that when we brief Will and K&L Gates, we know that we are being represented by the smartest people. There is great comfort in knowing that when entering into a transaction worth millions of dollars.’
‘Excellent commercial advisors. They are very accessible, knowledgeable, and professional.’
‘Sam Brown takes a hands-on role and is surrounded by an experienced team. I have had the pleasure of working with Sam for around ten years, including across several different roles and organisations. In each of these roles, Sam has consistently provided outstanding legal advice and comprehensive client service, that has been both transformative and relevant to the objectives of each of my roles and respective businesses.’
‘K&L Gates’ advice is very pragmatic and commercially focused but with black-letter law firepower when needed. In terms of value for money, they represent good value compared to their top tier competitors.’
‘Randall Gerkens – great drafting, terrific commitment to client service and outstanding commercial acumen.’
NSW Government (including the Transport cluster, NSW Police, NSW Land and Housing Corporation, Property NSW and TAFE)
Sydney Fish Market Pty Ltd
RATCH Australia Corporation
NSW Ports Pty Ltd
Port of Brisbane
Telstra Corporation Limited
Charter Keck Cramer
Bensons Property Group
National Australia Bank
Real Estate Institute of NSW
Evolution Trustees Limited
Springfield City Group
John Hancock Financial Services Inc.
Acure Funds Management
MEAG / Munich RE
BJCE (Beijing Jingneng Clean Energy Co Ltd)
- Acting on the development of the M-City project in Melbourne’s south east – the largest mixed use project outside the Melbourne CBD including over 600 residential apartments a retail centre, office component and a hotel.
- The Moonee Valley Racecourse Redevelopment is an unprecedented urban renewal project comprising 9 hectares of land in close proximity to Melbourne’s central business district. The redevelopment will take place over 15 years and deliver an integrated urban lifestyle precinct including approximately 2,500 new homes as well as new retail, commercial, hospitality and lifestyle elements.
- Appointed by NSW Ports as the exclusive legal advisor to NSW Ports and its development manager Goodman on the development of the Enfield Intermodal Logistics Centre.
Maddocks handles acquisitions and disposals on behalf of a range of clients, namely those in the health, technology, public sector, built environment, and technology sectors. In addition, the practice has long been reputed for residential developments and continues to increase the number of commercial, industrial, and retail projects worked on. Sydney-based Alicia Albury jointly fronts the practice with Melbourne-based duo, Marine Nincevic, and Nick Holuigue; their team is also particularly active when it comes to inbound Asian investors with its work for the commonwealth, state and local government, in relation to social housing and infrastructure projects, also a standout.
‘We use Maddocks for all our Victorian work, after a recommendation from another GC. They are exceptional to work with. They deal in “smart stuff”, and find a logical and commercial way through. Their timeliness and responsiveness has been fantastic. We really think they are the “A-team”.’
‘Paul Woods is one of the best litigators we have had the pleasure of working with. Smart, considered, ruthless when needed but generally considerate and ethical. Has been a beacon for us through a complex historical case.’
‘Stella Wild is very knowledgeable, extremely efficient turnaround and excellent communication. Has helped us navigate the Victorian regime easily and seamlessly.’
‘Strong residential off the plan contracts with exceptional risk coverage for the developer.’
Government at Commonwealth, State and Local level
Novartis Pharmaceuticals Australia Pty Ltd
Equinix Australia Pty Ltd
City of Sydney
Fed Square Pty Ltd
- Advised Riverlee Group on the acquisition for the iconic Goods Shed 5 site from the Victorian State Government.
- Acted for Novartis on the sale and lease back of its head office building at 52-54 Waterloo Road, Macquarie Park
- Advice provided on an innovative affordable housing project (long term ground lease of airspace of a council property)
Squire Patton Boggs is geared to handle large-scale urban renewal and development projects, supporting at every stage of such schemes. A further distinguishing feature of the practice is its focus on commercial and retail leasing with several luxury goods multinationals and household retailers regularly instructing Dannelle Howley; she operates from Sydney alongside Rahul Parrab who fronts a specialist hospitality and leisure practice. Elsewhere in Perth, Mary Pringle has a track record for sales and acquisitions while Michael Swift delivers a number of niche specialisms including airport developments, agribusiness, and strata title unit developments; the pair recently joined from Clayton Utz and Allion Partners respectively.
‘The senior personnel are readily available and display a practical common sense approach to all issues.’
‘The team is not only subject matter experts, they are true partners. Rahul and his team have become more like colleagues than business partners, they look out for our best interests whilst providing world-class advice and support.’
‘The team plays an integral role in the growth of our business not only in Australasia but also in APAC. Rahul Parrab, Greg, Kevin, Shaista, Tam, and Lauren are great supporters of our business and we can always rely on the valuable advice and services offered by the entire team. We couldn’t imagine partnering with any other legal group.’
CFC Group (consortium acquiring Midland Brick)
Development WA (incorporating former LandCorp and MRA)
Elanor Investors Group
Far East Consortium
Hawaiian Investments Pty Ltd and related entities
IDOM Automotive Group
Radisson Hotel Group
Woolworths Group Limited and related entities
- Advising on multiple strategic and complex real estate matters the Kwinana Strategic Industrial Area, Yagan Square and the revitalisation of the Scarborough Beach precinct.
- Advising various global brands such as Radisson Hotel Group on hotel management agreements for new projects in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth, PNG, Vanuatu and Queenstown (New Zealand).
- Advising the aquirer of the Midland Brick business and properties from Boral; in addition to the business and other assets, we advised on and negotiated on the sale contracts for 85 separate properties.
Thomson Geer runs a practice spread across a number of asset classes including residential, shopping centres, urban renewal projects, hotels, airports, commercial, industrial, and agricultural real estate. Its key pillars of proficiency are inbound investment work, particularly from Asia, in addition to retail and other leasing work, capital transactions, and renewable energy projects. The team recently expanded into the Perth market following the firm’s acquisition of LSV Borrello Lawyers and continues to heavily invest in e-Conveyancing. The client roster also includes corporates, federal and state governments, property trusts, and developers. Matthew Rollason has joined from Dentons.
- Advised on all aspects of the divestment of Lendlease’s 50% interest in the Westfield Marion shopping centre.
- Advised the Kimberley Ports Authority on all aspects of the construction lease and subsequent 50-year operating leases and licences it has granted to Kimberley Marine Support Base Pty Ltd in relation to the landmark Kimberley Marine Support Base project in the Port of Broome.
- Advising INSW in relation to the legal, commercial and strategic implementation of its retail proposal for the new Sydney Fish Market.
A ‘commercial, practical’ team that ‘understands legal and business realities’, Holding Redlich is engaged for development projects, property finance, finance, and land titling mandates, also notably hosting a dedicated team for leasing matters. Melbourne-based Chris Brodrick leads the department which caters to a client roster consisting of landowners, developers, listed and unlisted corporates, government departments, overseas investors, banks, and managed investment schemes.
Redlands City Council
Cromwell Property Group
Frasers Property Australia
Port of Townsville
- Acting for Redland City Council for the proposed Toondah Harbour redevelopment.
- Acting for Port of Townsville Limited for the Ross Creek Priority Development Area urban regeneration projects for a new ferry terminal and hotel in one project, and proposed reef sciences centre and Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority headquarters.
- Advising Frasers Property on to its award-winning, mixed-use Central Park development in Sydney.
Jackson McDonald’s real estate team provides specialist knowledge and experience of urban development and regeneration projects, including both greenfield and brownfield sites. It also excels in respect of agribusiness and structured property transactions, anchor tenant retail leasing, and disputes work with Matthew Reid particularly active on that front. Headed by Perth-based Simon Moen, the team holds distinguished knowledge of industrial sites, retirement village, and aged care projects with a proven track record of representing ASX-listed entities and local government in addition to private wealth clients. Also found among the client list are local government entities.
‘They are involved in the property industry and work closely with the key bodies such as the Property Council.’
‘They are one of the biggest teams with three property partners and a number of senior lawyers.’
‘Simon Moen is passionate about real estate and has a deep knowledge of how property deals are done.’
‘Ryan Chorley is focused and determined to get his clients the best outcome.’
‘Bianca McGoldrick is known for her experience in relation to seniors housing developments and retirement village work.’
Sentinel Property Group
Hall & Prior Aged Care Organisation
Eurowide Investments Pty Ltd
St Ives Group
- Acted for US agribusiness fund (Westchester Group) in relation to the A$100m-plus purchase of a number of grain and wheat farms in the South West of Western Australia.
- Acted for Accolade Wines with respect to the sale of its Western Australian asset, the Houghton winery in the Swan Valley.
- Continuing to act for the Town of Victoria Park in relation to its ongoing redevelopment of the Lathlain Oval precinct.
At Johnson Winter & Slattery, Peter Trevaskis is a well-regarded name for development, acquisition and sale, investment, and the leasing of both commercial and industrial assets. Together with David Colenso, a transaction, joint venture and major project specialist operating from Brisbane, he heads the department which acts for a growing client list of REITs, real estate holding companies, investment funds, fund managers, foreign investors, and developers, among others. Carrie Follas is based in Sydney alongside Trevaskis; she provides the team with distinguished expertise in agribusiness, forestry, and agriculture matters.
Infrastructure Capital Group (ICG)
Elanor Investors Group
Harmony Property Investments Pty Ltd
Du Luca Corporation Pty Ltd
AMP Capital Investments
- Acted for Elanor Investors Group on the acquisition of the seed assets for the establishment of a new managed fund, the Elanor Healthcare Real Estate Fund. The Elanor Healthcare Real Estate Fund is a $123m fund focused on investing in Australian healthcare real estate, including multi-tenanted medical centres and day surgeries.
- Acted for ASX-listed property investor and manager Elanor Investors Group on the acquisition of 200 Adelaide Street, Brisbane from Charter Hall’s Direct PFA Fund for $47m. The seven-level commercial office building is one of Brisbane’s most prominent heritage buildings, comprising part of the ANZAC Square precinct on Brisbane CBD’s busiest corner.
- Acted for Intergen Funds Management Ltd and Wee Hur Group (listed on the SGX) on the acquisition of a development site at Moore Street, Canberra, in close proximity to Australian National University.
Lander & Rogers
Lander & Rogers counts development, portfolio management, and retail leasing as the key pillars of its real estate practice. The group is also active on the investment front, acting for overseas investors financing, capital transactions, joint ventures, and FIRB approval matters. It is jointly headed by Melbourne-based duo Andrew Willder and John Wells who regularly represents REITs, national retailers, and private companies active within the retail, office, and industrial sectors. The varied client roster also includes several financiers and government departments, institutional landlords, and tenants.
Bayley Stuart Capital (Bayley Stuart)
I-Prosperity Pty Ltd
EG Funds Management, a real estate funds manager
MAB Corp / Merrifield Corp Pty Ltd
Australian Rail Track Corporation Limited (ARTC)
Stockland Corporation Limited – Jesmond Shopping Centre
Bunnings Group Limited
- Advising ARTC on all real estate aspects of the Inland Rail project, an infrastructure project of national significance which will create a high-speed 1,700km freight rail corridor link from Melbourne to Brisbane via central NSW.
- Acting on nine Coles divestments across Australia, with a total transaction value of approximately $160m.
- Acts nationally and exclusively for Officeworks in Australia, one of Australia’s leading retailers of office and associated supplies with more than 165 sites across Australia.
At Mills Oakley, the real estate department is headed nationally by Melbourne-based James Price, a lawyer who frequently represents large developers and property trusts on the full range of relevant issues. The team’s foremost expertise lies in significant transactions and large-scale commercial, residential, industrial, and mixed-use developments. In Sydney, Tim L’Orange is also a name to note and runs a practice that spans sales, acquisitions, master-planned projects; together with Catherine Hallgath, he is also active in the leasing space, representing several high-profile landlords in the process.
‘MO’s property practice is solid. They represent good value for money.’
‘Tom Dugdale – strong drafting skills and a tenacious negotiator who never takes a backward step. Dugdale never loses sight of the big picture and keeps the client.’
Investa Property Group
Far East Organisation
The Commonwealth Government (including the Departments of Defence, Finance, Immigration and Border Protection, Industry, Innovation and Science, Infrastructure and Regional Development, as well as the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, Australian Hearing Services, the Australian Renewable Energy Agency, the Australian Securities and Investments Commission, Geoscience Australia, the Family Court of Australia, and the National Capital Authority).
- Advised a Malaysian pension fund and an Australian property owner/ manager on the $192m sale of a commercial office building in Melbourne.
- Advised on $100m acquisition of a 33.4-hectare logistics development site in Sydney.
- Advised on sale of a commercial office building in Adelaide.
Moray & Agnew
Moray & Agnew supports its clients on the full array of real estate matters from sales, acquisitions, and developments through to disputes, finance, and high-end leasing matters. It delivers an intimate knowledge of retail, commercial, industrial, and residential assets with a focus on representing all levels of government and a large number of Asia-based investors. The department has expanded its geographical footprint over recent years with Sallie Bowtell and David Gandolfo helming the Melbourne office, Fiona Nelson and Jim Griffiths leading in Newcastle, and Emma Reilly overseeing affairs in Canberra.
‘The team at Moray & Agnew (Moray) are excellent at providing tailored advice in the niche area that our company works in.’
‘Moray is also able to draw on the experience and knowledge of practitioners within their firm to provide detailed and timely advice on a broad range of practice areas including property, tax, corporate and commercial law. This advice really assists our company in all areas of its transactions and day to day operations.’
‘The extensive range of practice areas Moray has to offer, combined with an in-depth knowledge of each area, really make Moray a stand-out firm when it comes to receiving helpful and holistic advice.’
‘The understanding Moray has of our company’s operation makes it seem as though they are an extension of our company rather than an external legal services provider.’
‘The two stand-out partners and associates our company work with are Sallie Bowtell and Sarah Harkin in the Property & Development Team.’
‘Sarah and Sallie have provided our firm with outstanding service for several years.’
‘They recognise the fast-paced nature of our industry and are therefore always available to provide timely and helpful advice and assistance at very short notice.’
‘Sallie and Sarah demonstrate excellent work ethic and drive and provide our company with workable solutions and advice on a range of matters. They have an in-depth knowledge of the operations of our company and are able to provide tailored advice which proves beneficial for our transactions and day-to-day operations.’
Anglican Diocese of Newcastle
AUFA Property Pty Ltd
Beachside Pty Limited
Centennial Property Group
Chapter Group Pty Ltd
Corplex Pty Ltd
Cushman & Wakefield
DivCorp Pty Ltd
G3 Development Group
HB Commerce Pty Ltd
Hunter Water Corporation
Icefire Developments Pty Ltd
Lake Macquarie City Council
Liuzzi Property Group
Maitland City Council
Matrix Concepts Group
Moremas Land Group
NX Property Group
NSW Trustee & Guardian
Samaritans Foundation / Samaritans Housing
Spacious Property Group
Stamoulis Property Group
Tal GP Pty Ltd
Third Age Villages
Thirdi Property Group
University of Newcastle
Vcon Pty Ltd
Virgate Development Group
Walker Precast NSW
- Advised on the acquisition by the client of Ford Motor Company’s portfolio of sites across Victoria including acting on the acquisition, structuring advice, developing precedent leasing for the sites, and ongoing advice on parties’ responsibilities under the transaction documents.
- In addition to acting for the Pelligra Group on its high profile acquisition of GM-Holden’s former manufacturing site in Elizabeth, South Australia which settled in June 2019, the team is handling the development and leasing portfolio for the project, now known as Lionsgate Elizabeth.
- Advised the client on all aspects of its strategically significant land acquisitions and disposals in the Newcastle CBD and Hunter region as part of its continued campus expansion and restructure.
Clients of Piper Alderman's 'passionate, knowledgeable, reliable, and relatable' team include REITs, institutional investors, developers, local authorities, quarry operators, landlords, and tenants. The team prides itself on its ability to identify the legal and commercial risks of developments and is notably busy on the leasing front where it holds distinguished knowledge of strata title schemes. Brisbane-based Warren Denny, reputed for his transaction and disputes proficiency, 'leads the department very well'. Asset class expertise is spread across office, industrial, retail, hotel, and residential in addition to more niche sectors such as rural property, mining, and aged care.
‘I have dealt with Tony Britten-Jones and Rhianne Caruso for various real estate issues and both are always prompt in resolving matters. I am able to contact them directly.’
‘The Property Team’s biggest strength is their attentiveness and ability to respond in a non-legalistic manner.’
‘Warren Denny leads the team very well and Caitlyn Slater is very responsive.’
‘Quick knowledgeable response. In-depth knowledge and availability.’
‘Tony Britten-Jones stands out due to his knowledge and efficiency. He does not run up a client’
‘The Piper Alderman Real Estate team is passionate, knowledgeable, reliable, and relatable. Those characteristics, together with the quality of the work that they execute, gain the trust of their clients and their professional colleagues across all sectors.’
‘Mark Askin is a committed and skilled practitioner, with a passion for the real estate industry. His breadth of knowledge is facilitated by his awareness of the diversity of the industry and his preparedness to engage with professional colleagues to achieve the best outcomes. He is constant in his desire and capacity to absorb more in the pursuit of real estate and legal best practice.’
‘Mark Askin always aims to please. Bright, energetic – a real star!’
‘Piper Alderman has a strong team of lawyers who provide excellent service.’
‘Margot King is an excellent lawyer, very thorough, and someone who provides outstanding service.’
Alceon Group Pty Limited
Beacon Lighting Group Ltd
Bensons Property Group Pty Ltd
Charter Hall Group
Chikai Global Pty Ltd
Duxton Vineyards Pty Ltd
Duxton Viticulture Pty Ltd
Genox Pty Ltd and Anrose Nominees Proprietary Limited
Harvest Investment No. 3 Pty Ltd
HB & B Property Pty Limited
KM Property Funds Ltd
MPG Funds Management Ltd
Penfold Property Group
Port of Brisbane Pty Ltd
Telstra Corporation Limited
Tian An Australia Limited
United Petroleum Pty Ltd
Walker Corporation Pty Limited
Warakirri Asset Management Limited
- Acted for Charter Hall to negotiate the lease to facilitate BHP’s Brisbane office expansion into approximately 7,000sqm of contiguous space in 175 Eagle Street, Brisbane and in the sale of the commercial office portion of the historic Anzac Square building at 200 Adelaide Street, Brisbane.
- Acting for Walker Corporation in relation to its development of the Parramatta Square urban regeneration project. The project will create a new Parramatta CBD which is part of the ‘three cities’ vision for Sydney – with Greater Parramatta being the ‘Central River City’.
- Acting for Tian An Australia Limited in negotiating a joint venture for one of its wholly owned subsidiaries Tian An (Auburn) Pty Ltd (TAA), with Linfield Auburn Pty Ltd (LFA), for the purpose of developing the property at 26-36 &35 Northumberland Road, Auburn NSW 2144 into approximately 427 apartments, over 5 residential buildings of 10 stories.