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Ken Gray

About Ken

Ken Gray specialises in commercial property development transactions and has represented private, corporate and institutional clients in a broad range of property-related issues.

Ken Gray is ‘a highly acclaimed specialist in this area’. Clients say he is ‘outstanding – one of the best property lawyers in Australia.’

Client quotes, Chambers Global

Ken heads the firm’s property & development practice, an integrated group that adopts a ‘one-stop-shop’ approach to all aspects of property acquisition, financing, development, construction, sales and leasing. A strong property generalist, Ken draws on his extensive experience to give clients solutions that are realistic and commercially focused.

Ken has been consistently ranked as one of Australia’s leading real estate lawyers in successive editions of prominent international guides to law firms, including Chambers Asia Pacific and Legal 500 Asia Pacific. Ranking him in the top tier, Chambers Asia Pacific describes him as “a real statesman of the industry.” Clients say he is one of the “top lawyers in the Victorian market.” Ken has also been recognised in successive editions of Best Lawyers® International in the area of real property law. In addition, he is ranked by Doyle’s Guide as a market leader in the category of ‘Leading Property & Real Estate Lawyers - Victoria and Australia 2017’.

Ken is an Accredited Property Law Specialist with the Law Institute of Victoria, and is Chair of the Victorian Committee of the Property Law Group of the Law Council of Australia.

He joined Arnold Bloch Leibler in 1986 and became a partner of the firm in 1990. After a period at Mallesons Stephen Jaques between 1996 and 2001, where he specialised in property and development transactions, he returned to Arnold Bloch Leibler as a partner in 2002.

Practice focus

Ken’s practice focuses on the following areas:
  • development and construction projects, including commercial, retail, industrial, residential and mixed-use properties;
  • sales and acquisitions, including commercial, retail, industrial and mixed-use properties;
  • due diligence for acquisitions and sales;
  • commercial advice on retail, office and industrial leases; and
  • title structuring.

Experience

Ken has acted for a number of Australia’s commercial property developers and institutional investors on a broad spectrum of property matters, including:

  • Digital Harbour Consortium: in relation to the development, leasing and sale of buildings within the Digital Harbour precinct at Melbourne Docklands;
  • Walker Corporation: in relation to the acquisition, development and sale of Point Cook Town Centre development at Point Cook, Victoria, and the acquisition and development of the Village Docklands site (now known as Collins Square) at Melbourne Docklands;
  • LK Property Group: in relation to the acquisition and development of various residential buildings including Capitol Grand in South Yarra;
  • MAB Corporation: in relation to the acquisition, development and sale of components within the University Hill development at Bundoora and the development of the NewQuay precinct at Melbourne Docklands and the acquisition, development and sale of components within the Merrifield development at Mickleham;
  • Ashe Morgan: in relation to the acquisition and development of the Harbour Town portfolio at Melbourne Docklands;
  • Beck Property Group: in relation to the ‘Caulfield Village’ development at the Caulfield Racecourse;
  • Lascorp Development Group: in relation to the acquisition, development, leasing and sale of various retail developments in Queensland and Victoria;
  • Overland Group: in relation to the sale of 1 Collins Street, Melbourne;
  • Telstra Corporation: in relation to numerous office leasing matters and sale of a major development site in Exhibition Street, Melbourne;
  • Baron Group / Babcock & Brown: in relation to the development and sale of an interest in the Southern Cross West office tower in Bourke Street, Melbourne;
  • Phileo Australia: in relation to the sale of the Estate One Industrial Park in Dandenong, and the purchase of 303 Collins Street, Melbourne and the development of Rocklea Homemaker Centre;
  • Julliard Group: in relation to the acquisition, disposal and leasing of properties in Victoria and the ACT;
  • Saraceno Group: in relation to the development of Mantra Hotel at Tullamarine;
  • Bensons Property Group: in relation to the acquisition and development of various residential and retail buildings, including the ‘Solstice’ project in East Hawthorn;
  • Intrapac Projects: in relation to the acquisition, development and sales for a staged residential planned community at Keysborough;
  • Pacific Group: in relation to the sale of its retail, office and carpark development at Rundle Place, Adelaide;
  • Zagame Group: in relation to sale of the Paradise Resort complex in Queensland;
  • Winslow Group: in relation to acquisition and development of the Waralily Village Shopping Centre, Armstrong Creek;
  • Warrington Properties: in relation to the acquisition of industrial properties in Dandenong and Tullamarine; and
  • Marks Henderson: in relation to the acquisition and sale of numerous commercial and industrial properties in Victoria and NSW.

Recognition & publications

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