Our Property, Development & Construction team is one of the key pillars of the Firm, led by 4 Partners, each individually recognised by both the industry and their peers. The Team works on major projects but also discrete matters and have had integral involvement in some of Western Australia’s most significant property transactions and developments, act for listed and non-listed property owners and developers and major landlords and tenants across all facets.

The experience of the senior lawyers in the Property, Development & Construction team is significant and the work undertaken on behalf of clients in this team is wide-reaching and diverse.

Our Property, Development & Construction services include:

Property & Projects

  • due diligence enquiries and reports
  • review, preparation and negotiation of sale and purchase contracts
  • review, preparation and negotiation of development management agreements, funding agreements, joint venture agreements and co-ownership agreements for all different types of properties

Construction & Infrastructure

  • preparing and reviewing tenders
  • reviewing, drafting and negotiating contracts for consulting, construction, supply and design
  • advising on claims avoidance, risk allocation and management
  • assisting with claims preparation and analysis
  • negotiating progress and final claims, variations, extensions of time and other forms of contract adjustments
  • providing in-house and on-site training for personnel on the administration and management of contracts, the adjudication process and dispute resolution

Leasing

  • reviewing, advising with respect to, drafting and negotiating leases and offers to lease, including for commercial, industrial, retail, suburban, pre-construction development, office buildings and agricultural
  • advising on potential defaults and preparing notices of default and termination
  • reviewing, preparing and negotiating extensions, assignments, variations and surrenders
  • assisting with registration and protection of leasehold interests and mortgagee consent issues

Planning & Environment

  • advice and representation in obtaining Local Government, Development Assessment Panel and WAPC planning and subdivision approvals
  • interpretation of planning schemes and applicable legislation
  • advice and representation in obtaining Works Approvals and Licences under the Environmental Protection Act
  • advocacy and litigation in the State Administrative Tribunal, Supreme Court and before the environmental appeals convenor
  • advice regarding the notification and remediation of contaminated sites
  • advice regarding land acquisition and injurious affection compensation claims

Rural & Agricultural / Agribusiness

  • reviewing, preparing and negotiating farm leases, share-farming arrangements, supply contracts and contractor agreements
  • assisting with selling and buying farm properties and farming related businesses
  • reviewing and assisting with mortgages, securities and financing
  • our other core service areas, including general commercial & corporate, litigation & dispute resolution, planning & environment, employment & insurance