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Commercial Property and Construction

Our team of property and construction lawyers have specialised experience in commercial property, development and construction.


The Chamberlains property team are experienced in commercial property purchases.

We can perform legal due diligence prior to you making an offer, which will prepare you for any unforeseen legal issues with the new property. In addition to a comprehensive contract review, we can negotiate for the best commercial outcome on your behalf and facilitate a smooth settlement process.

You should also talk to us about the structure of your purchase, for future tax benefits and asset protection, as well as GST treatment. Owning commercial property can bring you many benefits if done the right way.


Our experienced property team will draft your sale contract to deal with all issues – GST treatment, included goods, timing of settlement, any settlement conditions, and even vendor finance. You’ll feel in safe hands, and you’ll understand the process.


As a building owner, our leasing documents are easy to understand and give you certainty in your dealings with your tenant. Our property team have hands-on experience in commercial leasing, and understand the practical, commercial and legal issues affecting the leasing process.

If you are a commercial tenant, we will review the proposed lease and recommend changes or highlight issues for you. If you want us to, we’ll negotiate with the other party on your behalf.

Also ask us about related party leasing, including strategies for buying land and leasing it to your trading entity as your business premises. This is particularly useful for Self Managed Superannuation Funds.

Development & Planning

The Chamberlains property team has specialised experience in property development and are well versed in every aspect of the development life cycle including:

  • Legal due diligence for site acquisition
  • Joint venture structuring and tax planning
  • Planning advice and studies
  • Planning disputes and appeals
  • Project conveyancing
  • Land and construction funding
  • Construction and commissioning
  • Unit titling
  • Defects and owners corporation disputes

We keep our clients in the picture with honest advice, a commercial outlook and regular reports on progress.


Our team has specific experience with construction businesses from top tier head contractors through to family-run subcontractors. We are alive to the pressures and risks faced on site every day. We will draft your contracts well to minimise the likelihood of disputes, and strive to resolve disputes efficiently should they arise.

Our construction services include:

  • Contract drafting and review
  • Development of custom template agreements for multi-project use
  • Contract administration support
  • Legal support for innovation and R&D initiatives
  • Security of Payments
  • Contract disputes
  • Workers compensation defence
  • Safety and industrial disputes
  • Defects disputes (including owners corporation disputes)

Our Experts

Louise Morris

Director | Advisory - Property & Construction

P  +61 2 6215 9100
M  +61 408 625 244

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Louise is a property and construction lawyer whose experience includes executive directorship at an integrated property development and construction organisation for 7 years. Winner of API Young Achiever of the Year 2013 (ACT).


Stipe Vuleta

Director | Litigation – Insolvency & Risk Management

P  +61 2 6215 9100
M  +61 499 977 433

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Stipe is a leading insolvency and reconstruction lawyer specialising in project litigation. Outside traditional legal services Stipe’s passion is technology to be more efficient for clients and support the community sector.


Amy Pyett

Lawyer | Property

P  +61 2 6215 9100

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Amy is a law graduate in the Property team assisting in a range of commercial property matters including buying, selling, leasing, development and planning.


Madeleine Harrington

Lawyer | Litigation

P  +61 2 6215 9100
M  +61 499 949 749

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Madeleine specialises in running complex litigation in the Magistrates, Supreme and Federal Courts including insurance, employment, construction, contracting, and commercial matters.


Katherine Stapels

Senior Lawyer | Litigation

P  +61 2 6215 9100
M  +61 499 990 433

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Katherine is a Senior Lawyer in our Litigation and Dispute Resolution Team specialising in insolvency and commercial litigation.
Katherine is passionate about providing structuring and turnaround advice to companies and businesses, with a focus on maximising asset protection and tax effectiveness.