Buying and selling a property is such an ordinary part of Australian life that it is easy to think of it as a low-risk activity. However, this is not a true reflection of the stakes involved in property conveyancing. For most clients, real estate is the largest, most important transaction they will make in their lifetime and expert legal advice will offer them the best possible outcome. At Somerville, Laundry, Lomax our team will provide a comprehensive property service ideal for all clients whether buying their first home or overseeing multi-million-dollar property developments.
Our team has the unique ability to provide services for properties in both Queensland & New South Wales. We specialise in all areas including standard residential, strata, commercial, industrial and rural. We have a long history of acting for a number of large reputable developers on the North Coast and have expertise in off the plan subdivisions.
Retail and Commercial Leasing
Retail and commercial leasing is a complex area of the law which often involves balancing the rights of the landlord and tenant. Our team of specialist lawyers have knowledge in all areas of retail, commercial, industrial and rural leasing.
If you are a landlord, our team can assist in drafting the lease and associated documentation to ensure your commercial objectives are met and you are adequately protected. If you are a tenant, we can provide you with advice and assist you in negotiating terms prior to you signing the lease.
We act for a number of large enterprises including shopping centres, industrial complexes and well-known Australian companies who operate a vast number of retail and commercial premises. Whether you are a landlord or a tenant, we have the expertise to assist you.
Our team has diverse expertise in providing legal services for both retirement villages and intended residents, with several of our partners acting as board members for retirement complexes over many years. Our significant experience in the contractual requirements and ongoing management issues regarding retirement villages, self-care units and care centres ensures that we can provide advice for both retirement village operators and proposed residents.
Property Development Services
The increasingly sophisticated demands of the property market require the multi-skilled input of a team with a range of experiences. We manage major projects including retail shopping centres, land subdivisions and housing developments and have a deep understanding of property law and the local market. We can assist with:
- Property development and subdivisions
- Option deeds
- Strata and Community Title
- Project evaluation
- Tax Considerations
- Rezoning, planning, and building approvals
- Project finance and lending transactions.
Building & Construction Law
Our team understands the complex legal issues that can adversely affect the outcome of a construction project. Whether the project you are working on is a house, residential development or commercial premise, we can provide expert advice on a range of building and construction matters, including:
- Advice on contract documentation including Standard Forms of Contract in the Australian Construction Industry
- Construction disputes and advice on your contractual and legal position
- Security of Payment Claims, Payment Schedules and Adjudication Applications and Responses (New South Wales and Queensland)
- Home Building Disputes
- Representation in the New South Wales Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NCAT)
- Claims on Home Owner’s Warranty Insurance.