Property & Development

Our Practice

At Shand Taylor Lawyers we are proud of our reputation in the field of property and development. We have extensive experience and practical knowledge of the property industry.

Our staff members are very experienced in property and development law and recognise that it is essential for issues to be identified at an early stage to avoid delays. Our staff members also recognise the importance of the early preparation of the required documents to assist your project being completed on time on which, of course, your cashflow depends.

We provide quality advice and commercial outcomes for a broad range of clients in the property and development sector. Our clients include the State Government, a range of Queensland, national and international property developers, commercial property (including shopping centre) owners and other members of the development and property sectors in industries such as health, transport, aviation, agricultural, manufacturing and construction.

Our Expertise

Our team regularly provides assistance in the following areas of property and development law:

  • commercial acquisitions and disposals including retail shopping centres, commercial land and office and industrial buildings
  • residential purchases and sales
  • bulk residential conveyancing
  • design and construction agreements
  • development agreements
  • joint ventures
  • due diligence investigations
  • project and property development finance
  • Land Sales Act disclosures and exemptions
  • subdivisions and easements (including complex volumetric easements)
  • tenders and expression of interest documentation
  • land tax and rating advice
  • licensing requirements and the obligations of property developers and real estate agents under PAMDA
  • preparation of "off the plan" contracts
  • drafting master contracts for residential subdivisions and strata title developments
  • drafting of and enforcement of building covenants
  • heads of agreements and option agreements
  • liquor licensing and gaming
  • advice on the provisions of the Land Act including the acquisition of unallocated State land and dealings with (including the opening and closing of) roads
  • responsibilities of trustees including trustees of reserves under the Land Act and the registration of easements in reserves and the continuation of easements in reserves
  • intellectual property including drafting agreements and advice on development and licensing

Our firm is particularly experienced in residential subdivisions and bulk conveyancing.

Our experience in plan registration will be of great benefit to any developer as this is an area where difficulties may arise. In the plan registration process it is essential for issues relating to the specific plan and beyond to be recognised at an early stage in order to avoid delays in registration and settlement which will negatively impact on cashflow.

We understand from experience how vitally important it is for each sale to be settled on time without fuss or delay. This requires not only legal skills but also organisation and attention to detail on each sale to ensure the buyer's solicitors are doing everything on time. Not every sale goes to completion and in certain cases buyers may default under a contract or attempt to avoid their legal obligations. If that occasion does arise, we know how to deal with the problem and to protect the developer's interests so their rights against such a buyer are not compromised.

Because of our experience in property and development matters we are able to offer a service which will not be surpassed. Further, we pride ourselves on the manner and speed in which we deliver our services to you.

UDIA Platinum MemberOur firm is a member of the Property Council of Australia, the Urban Development Institute of Australia (Qld Division), and Strata Community Australia.

John Lowes, one of the partners of the firm, is a Queensland Law Society Accredited Specialist in property law.

 

Our Team

Please refer your enquiries to:

John Lowes, Partner
(07) 3307 4567
jlowes@shandtaylor.com.au

Matthew Shannon, Partner
(07) 3307 4506
mshannon@shandtaylor.com.au

Richard Waring, Partner
(07) 3307 4545
rwaring@shandtaylor.com.au