Buying, selling and leasing of commercial, industrial, agricultural, retail, residential and mixed use properties.
Our approach to property transactions is unique because of our experience with leasing and conveyancing disputes. We have seen what can go wrong if potential issues with the terms of the parties’ agreement are not identified upfront or if the transaction documents are not carefully drafted. By drawing on this experience, we work closely with our clients to identify potential risks in transactions and to devise effective strategies to manage the risks in a commercially appropriate way. Above all, our goal is to ensure transactions proceed smoothly and that our clients do not encounter any ‘surprises’ – now or in the future.
With significant expertise in medium to large commercial, industrial, rural and residential conveyancing transactions, we provide valuable due diligence advice to our vendor and purchaser clients. By seeking such advice at an early stage, our clients are able to factor potential problems into their approach when buying or selling land which often saves time and money in the long run. Our lawyers are experienced negotiators and routinely assist our clients to reach terms on complex issues arising during sale of land transactions such as liability for contamination.
In the area of leasing, our team regularly represent small to medium enterprises and private clients in the negotiation of commercial, industrial and retail leases and agreements for lease. Our advice is practical, taking into account market conditions and standards at the time of the transaction. Our property Principal lectures in leasing at the University of Newcastle.
In addition, our transactional expertise incorporates acting for retirement village owners both in the acquisition/disposal of the retirement village asset and the ongoing contracts with residents.
Elizabeth leads the SWS Lawyers property and planning team and has specialised in land and water law since 2006. She has degrees in Law and Economics and was awarded First Class Honours after...