Property Development

As one of Melbourne’s leading property development teams, we are privileged that we have been entrusted with some of Melbourne’s largest and most complex projects.  Our role is to contribute to the success of projects.  Whether you are a property developer, investor or financier we will guide you through the maze of issues.

We will understand your project and help you to achieve your commercial objectives with the benefit of industry experience and within the parameters of the law.

Our reputation and relationships with financiers plays a big part in the success of new developments.

Big projects require the right lawyer. Experience is the difference.

We understand the property development sector requires specific legal advice.

You need a lawyer that you can rely on. Our unique team builds strong relationships with clients. Each member of our team has intimate knowledge of the various happenings on each project so can easily step in to assist if another team member is unavailable. This results in a seamless delivery of service to the client.

Property developers need lawyers who are responsive, experienced and across the entire project. Our team has a broad skill set and depth of experience that is highly unusual in the current legal climate. Where most lawyers typically specialise in a discrete and narrow area of law, our broad knowledge enables us to operate dynamically to provide quick and succinct legal advice. Whether you need advice on structuring, construction, planning or off the plan sales matters, we have it covered.

A different type of Property lawyer.

We help the property development sector by offering the following industry specific services:

  • Due diligence on land acquisitions
  • Finance strategy and documentation
  • Settlement of land acquisition including complex GST assessment
  • Deal structuring and stamp duty advice
  • Development Management and Project Management
  • Owners Corporation advice
  • Compulsory Acquisition advice
  • Construction contracts
  • Presale contract preparation and management
  • Marketing and Agency agreements
  • Dispute resolution
  • Subdivisions
  • Leasing

What our Property clients had to say

“Great responsiveness, reception presentation and efficiency, careful following of instructions.”

“Great attention to detail; proactive at all times; great strategic value; delivers on agreed time frames; have broad range of experience to meet the various disciplines of the business.”

“Beyond doing a great job on the legal front – the firm responded to the very quick deadline put on us by the purchaser. They did an incredible amount of work to support the due diligence the purchaser required and negotiated the position fast and effectively.”

“Took the time to understand what I was hoping to achieved and then look at the lateral options and presented sound advice that saved me a lot of prospective problems.”

Our property development sector projects:

We are involved in some 50 or so property development projects including:

Acquisition and redevelopment of the Amcor Paper Mill Alphington by Glenvill

This is Melbourne’s largest ever residential land acquisition being developed into a new precinct featuring multiple apartment buildings, townhouses, commercial retail and community uses

Morris Moor

The acquisition and redevelopment of the old Philip Morris building into a new commercial, food, beverage and lifestyle precinct of approximately 70,000 square metres of lettable area.

Forest Hill

Multiple residential, commercial and several apartment projects around South Yarra Station

The Lyall Hotel Development

Development of luxury residential apartments and hotel

Aerocorp

80 lot commercial precinct in Keilor East

Life @ Mason Point by Gibroc Corp

Staged development of multiple apartment buildings, townhouses, commercial and retail

Avenir by Cutting Edge Developments

30 Apartments in Hawthorn

Malvern Residences

Boutique 14 luxury residential apartment development

Grand Galaxy – CXXV

Boutique riverfront luxury apartments in South Yarra

133 Walsh Street, South Yarra

Boutique luxury apartments

The Mirren

9 Luxury Apartments in Orrong Road, Toorak

Skymont Estate

Land development for a new estate in Officer

Our Property Development Sector Leaders

Henry Kalus

Partner

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Steven Apostolou

Partner

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Denise Wightman

Partner

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Lisa Fowler

Partner

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Peter Lettieri

Partner

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Diane Ridgway

Special Counsel

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Claire Carrucan

Senior Associate

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Kirsty Bradbery

Lawyer

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Sarah Wickham

Senior Property Law Clerk

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Chantelle Liphuyzen

Senior Property Law Clerk

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