Experts

Who are AJ&Co

AJ & Co Lawyers is a commercial law firm that offers a wide range of legal services to private and commercial clients.

Each area of law is managed and represented by experienced partners with strong reputations in their area of practice.

If you have any enquiries, please contact info@ajandco.com.au.

Real Estate & Commercial

Our areas of expertise include:

  • Development and titling – broad acre subdivisions, mixed use developments, residential, commercial, retail and industrial (including bulky goods)
  • Major acquisitions and disposals – including legal due diligence and forced sales
  • Leasing – agreements for lease, lease, subleases, breaches, termination, disputes and management of lease schedules
  • Commercial structuring – joint ventures, project development agreements, fund through arrangements, property trusts and syndicates
  • Body corporate law and community title schemes – new schemes, amalgamations, disposals and improvements to common property, by-law reviews, assignment and variations to management and letting rights
  • Property tax considerations
  • Securities and funds management (listed and unlisted)
  • Easements and restrictive covenants (including design covenants)
  • Rural transactions
  • Resumptions – compulsory land acquisitions and compensation
  • Major leisure and commercial projects

EXPERTS

Andrew Johnson Managing Partner - Real Estate & Commercial
Sarah Bird Special Counsel - Real Estate & Commercial
Jodie Lonard Senior Associate - Real Estate & Commercial

Corporate Advisory

Our areas of expertise include:

  • Corporate governance and insolvency
  • Structuring advice and restructuring
  • Shareholder and unitholder agreements
  • Incorporated and unincorporated joint ventures
  • Partnerships and incorporated associations
  • Capital raising (unregulated)
  • Mergers and acquisitions (unregulated)
  • Disposal of companies – through asset sales and share sales
  • Corporate due diligence
  • Non-disclosure and confidentiality agreements
  • Hospitality law – liquor licence and gaming applications and alterations

EXPERTS

Jonathan Whybird Partner - Corporate Advisory
Gavin McInnes Partner – Corporate Advisory

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Jonathan Whybird

Partner - Corporate Advisory

‘I believe that getting to know our clients and how their businesses operates allows us help them manage legal risks as well as promote commercial success.’

Jonathan’s understanding of business and his diverse legal experience makes him an asset in any commercial or legal matter. Clients value his practical approach to legal practice and his ability to find commercial solutions whilst protecting their interests.
Jonathan is an experienced negotiator, drafter and problem solver and has acted on over $15 billion of transactions spanning the tourism, agricultural, resources and industrial sectors. Of note, Jonathan recently provided advice on the acquisition of orchards in Western Australia and Queensland valued at over $300 million, acted on the sale of Heron Island Resort, and on the development of over $5 billion of energy projects in Queensland.

Why AJ & Co Lawyers?

The legal industry is becoming more and more competitive – successful lawyers now have to be business partners with their clients. AJ & Co Lawyers attracts leaders that are not just exceptional lawyers, but are client focused. This means they understand their clients’ business, their industries and how to navigate legal risks. Interacting with the AJ & Co legal team is refreshing, because they are strategic, commercially focused and driven to succeed.

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Gavin McInnes

Partner – Corporate Advisory

Gavin is a dynamic, lateral thinking corporate, commercial and property lawyer with a diverse interest in business.

Gavin’s clients include a number of private and listed companies, high net worth individuals and their families, leading private equity funds as well as many national brands. Gavin has had extensive industry experience in fields encompassing health, property, SME businesses in all sectors, energy and resources, finance, technology, hospitality, retail and the infrastructure sector. Gavin sits on the Queensland Law Society Specialist Accreditation Committee and is Board Member of the Chamber of Commerce.

Gavin specialises is complex corporate arrangements and aggregations (roll-ups) of businesses, particularly focusing on the health sector. In the past, Gavin has been instrumental in bringing together Dental Partners (dental), Greencross Vets (veterinary), LensPro (optometry), Early Leaning Services & Foundation Early Learning (childcare), pharmacy, physio and allied health generally. Gavin is currently working on Chiropractic, Orthodontic and medical centre rollups and intends to bring all of these to an IPO conclusion.

Why AJ & Co Lawyers?

After moving on as a capital partner of a large mid-tier firm and after working in top tier firms in Brisbane, Gavin elected to join a top tier environment with a boutique feel that is AJ & Co. AJ & Co Lawyers’ provides top tier experience and expertise with specialised service and delivers on its promise to exceed expectations and deliver value to it clients.

Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Our areas of expertise include:

  • Commercial class actions
  • International commercial arbitration
  • Restructuring & insolvency law
  • Franchising law and disputes
  • Professional negligence
  • Shareholder disputes
  • Insurance litigation
  • Revenue, taxation & administrative law disputes
  • Debt recovery

EXPERTS

Alex Moriarty Partner - Litigation & Dispute Resolution
Ashley Stanton Partner - Litigation & Dispute Resolution
Marion Niestroj Senior Associate - Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Building & Construction

Our areas of expertise include:

  • Construction contracts – drafting and negotiation
  • Key legislation advice
  • Tendering, probity, project briefs and contractual arrangement advice
  • Risk review of contract documentation for bid purposes
  • Drafting and negotiating joint-venture agreements and alliance contracts
  • Contract management, compliance, risk management and performance monitoring advice
  • Building and construction contracts and subcontracts
  • Drafting and contractual notice review
  • Professional services contract and disputes
  • QBCC Licencing, compliance and statutory insurance issues and litigation
  • Subcontractor charge notices & proceedings
  • BCIPA notices, adjudications, submissions and responses
  • QCAT reviews, appeals and applications
  • PPSA issues on construction sites
  • Insolvency/administration and liquidation issues in construction
  • Labour & employment contracts and WH&S policies

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Jonathan Hitchcock Partner - Building & Construction

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Jonathan Hitchcock

Partner - Building & Construction

’Building and construction is a very real and practical application of the law. the conflicts and clashes can be challenging, but bring great satisfaction and rewards’

Jonathan has conducted significant construction based litigation matters. Highlights include longstanding litigation at Port Hinchinbrook North Queensland, substantial arbitration for South Tweed Shopping Centres, to a pipeline arbitration from Tasmania, construction cases in New Zealand and matter for a refinery in the London international Court of Arbitration.

In a career that has spanned almost three decades, Jonathan’s knowledge of both the Australian and global construction industries has led him to work with a broad range of clients, from local developer to multinational corporations.

His commitment to fair process and flexibility makes Jonathan a highly sought after representative and means he is always in demand.

Why AJ & Co Lawyers?

The firm is different. AJ & Co Lawyers approaches client connections with the goal of adding value. As a result the firm has established an interesting and capable team to work on challenging projects.”

Planning & Environment

Our areas of expertise include:

  • Development applications, appeals and infrastructure charging advice
  • Development consents, planning permits and development permits
  • Environmental, nature resource and land use approvals
  • Strategic and statutory land use planning
  • Land contamination, pollution incidents and claims of nuisance
  • Planning and development agreements
  • Flora, fauna and native vegetation matters
  • Heritage issues
  • Valuation, compulsory land acquisition and compensation
  • Planning law enforcement
  • Development contributions and levies

EXPERTS

Peter Macgregor Consultant - Planning & Environment

Private Advisory & Revenue

Our areas of expertise include:

  • Technical income tax, CGT, GST, stamp duty and land tax advice
  • Asset protection strategies
  • Tax effective restructuring and transaction advice
  • Business succession planning and family continuity
  • Complex estate planning including wills and powers of attorney
  • Trust structuring solutions

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Mark Lowis Partner - Private Advisory & Revenue

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Mark Lowis

Partner - Private Advisory & Revenue

‘My ability to simplify complex issues and technical concepts allows me to help my clients make practical, informed decisions, protecting what is most important to them.’

Mark provides expert advice in Tax and Revenue, Family Business, Asset Protection, Succession, Trusts, Professional Adviser Support Services, Mergers & Acquisitions and Commercial Transactions.

Mark has worked on several high-profile matters including structuring the acquisition of a $60M multi-storey commercial building in Fortitude Valley for domestic and foreign investors; providing stamp duty advice in respect of RATCH-Queensland’s $400M wind farm project; and advising on the restructure of a $20M property development business operating in QLD and NSW.

Why AJ & Co Lawyers?
I am energised by professionals who work tirelessly to ensure that above all else their clients receive the best possible outcomes. It was clear to me that the experts at AJ & Co Lawyers not only embrace this philosophy, but that they also possessed the agility, experience and instinct to adapt to the evolving needs of modern private business.