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Property & Development

Property & Development

Our experience

One trait shared by many of Australia’s most successful businesses and entrepreneurs is that they literally built their fortunes on property. Another is that many of these pioneers turned to Arnold Bloch Leibler for their legal advice.

Our Property & Development practice is unique in terms of its collective experience and depth of expertise, having represented clients in numerous landmark property and development projects around Australia for over 50 years.

Like our clients, we approach property and development projects from the ground up. We work with clients to develop and implement strategies for buying, selling, financing, developing and re-packaging property in a manner that minimises exposure and maximises returns.

Our Property & Development practice is a ‘one-stop-shop’, covering all aspects of property acquisition, financing, planning and environmental issues, development, construction, sales and leasing. Our clients turn to us for this consolidated approach, which is critical for managing time frames and containing costs.

‘Arnold Bloch Leibler has a team that is capable of delivering quality advice in demanding and time-critical situations’.

Client quote, Legal 500 Asia Pacific

Recent work

Property & Development services


Acquisitions and sales

We advise on all legal aspects of the acquisition and sale processes, including due diligence, taxation and stamp duty planning and Foreign Investment Review Board requirements. With considerable knowledge of the property investment market, our lawyers can advise on the establishment of sophisticated property holding structures, such as syndicates, joint ventures and listed funds.

Banking and finance

Our practice represents both lenders and borrowers in a wide range of property related finance transactions. Because we work on both sides of the finance equation, we understand the requirements of both parties. As a result, we are able to negotiate advantageous financial arrangements for our clients.

Construction and development

We advise on the negotiation, drafting, management and enforcement of building and development agreements. Our objective is to provide clients with the legal foundation necessary to assist clients minimise risks and maximise returns from a construction and development project. Our experience in construction litigation also assists clients to manage and resolve potential disputes as economically and favourably as possible.

Planning and environment

We advise on each stage of the planning and development process from due diligence through to completion.  Planning and environmental issues are identified and dealt with upfront, rather than being treated as an afterthought, ensuring the smooth delivery and success of development projects. This proactive approach delivers real value to developers, as issues can be dealt with up front – avoiding back end delays and unnecessary litigation, which can run up significant holding costs. This is critical for complex and significant projects.