Property

We have one of the largest property teams in the Australian Capital Territory and can assist your not-for-profit organisation with all aspects of property related matters.

Whether it be assisting with the leasing of new premises, renewing leases of existing premises, subleasing, licensing, preparing shared-space agreements, surrendering or terminating existing agreements or assisting with the purchase or sale of premises (including concessional Crown leases), our experienced team will collaborate with you to ensure you can focus on your organisation’s important work in the community.

Leasing

We have a highly regarded leasing practice in the ACT and we understand the importance and value of securing a place to operate your not-for-profit business.  It is important to ensure your lease exists on terms that are commercially reasonable and that manage future risk.

For landlords, our team can assist your not-for-profit to develop unique lease documentation for your building, including agreements for lease, deeds for incentives or works and licences, to ensure cost effectiveness and consistency.

Whatever the nature of your not-for-profit, you can rely on our team to provide specialised and timely advice to ensure that you have the opportunity to enter into a good arrangement.

Sales and Acquisitions

We take the time to understand your goals and concerns and to familiarise ourselves with the property, its complexities, and possible issues, to ensure that your rights are protected, your risk is limited (both during the transaction and afterwards) and the transaction proceeds without unnecessary delays.

Our team has extensive experience in assisting with the due diligence, acquisition, and sale of all types of property, including commercial, retail, industrial and mixed-use sites, vacant land, or multi-tenanted property.

Developments

We take the time to understand the goals or desired outcomes for the development and to assist you in managing the complexities and various stages of the development. We understand that there will always be some risk attributed to development and we will assist by helping you mitigate that risk, establish clear and consistent documentation and planning prior to commencement of the development.

We can assist you to develop and manage the structure of your proposed development and to prepare all relevant documentation, including disclosure statements, contracts for sale, agreements for lease, licences, easements, covenants, restrictions, by-laws and building management statements. Our team will work with you to facilitate a smooth and efficient development process, from planning, through to construction and to completion.

Strata

Whether you are an owner-occupier or let premises within a Strata Plan (NSW) or Units Plan (ACT), our team can assist your not-for-profit business with all aspects of strata, including structuring your acquisition or lease of off-the-plan premises, advice concerning management of the Owners Corporation or the validity of motions, by-laws and rules passed by the Owners Corporation, the use of Common Property, defects and the charging and recovery of levies.

Our team has extensive experience to make sure you confidently manage the complexities of strata title to ensure security of tenure and quiet enjoyment.

Building and Construction

We have significant experience in areas of infrastructure, building and construction law. In this sector we act for a wide range of clients, from local builders through to property developers undertaking large projects in the ACT and across Australia.

We also have experience in managing a wide variety of disputes or potential disputes that may arise in relation to building and construction contracts. Our solicitors have experience in handling claims made under the security of payments legislation in various jurisdictions, specifically NSW and ACT. We have also provided advice on and handled scope of work disputes, assisted in managing contractual disputes, claims relating to alleged breaches of contract as well as defect and rectification claims. We have also advised on and assisting in the successful termination of contracts.  Our clients have included principals, head contractors and subcontractors.

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