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
Sarah Bird, Partner
Jodie Lonard, Special Counsel

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Our areas of expertise include:

  • Mergers and Acquisitions.
  • Capital raising.
  • Regulatory and compliance.
  • Corporate governance and insolvency.
  • Structuring advice and restructuring.
  • Shareholder and unitholder agreements.
  • Joint ventures.
  • Partnerships and incorporated associations.
  • Due diligence.
  • Non-disclosure and confidentiality agreements.
  • Hospitality law, including liquor licence and gaming applications and alterations.
  • Managed investment schemes and stapled structures.

EXPERTS

Caroline Snow, Partner
Jonathan Whybird, Partner
Gavin McInnes, Partner

Cameron Burke, Special Counsel
Kyla Brose, Senior Associate

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REGULATORY & COMPLIANCE

Our areas of expertise include:

  • Directors duties.
  • Directors and officers liability and insurance.
  • Establishment of compliance and risk management programs.
  • Corporate governance frameworks and charters.
  • Board performance and remuneration structures.
  • Related party transactions and conflicts of interest.
  • Continuous disclosure.
  • Annual reporting and corporate sustainability.
  • Insider trading.
  • Shareholder activism.
  • Antimoney laundering.
  • Privacy.

EXPERTS

Caroline Snow, Partner
Jonathan Whybird, Partner

Corporate Advisory

Litigation & dispute resolution

Disputes in business are a harsh reality. When they do occur, you need a team of technically excellent Litigation & Dispute Resolution lawyers delivering outstanding results for their clients.

The Litigation & Dispute Resolution lawyers at AJ & Co have more than 50 years of experience. They are attentive and responsive, and provide excellent strategic advice placing legal advice in a commercial context.

At the same time, they are focussed on resolving disputes without the need to resort to litigation. Whenever possible, we recommend and engage in one of the alternative dispute resolution processes or techniques, such as negotiation, mediation, conciliation and early neutral evaluation, to resolve legal disputes and avoid the trouble and cost – and uncertainty – of litigation. We offer our clients an early road map to the dispute, outlining each step and the estimated cost, and identifying the opportunities to settle.

Our commitment to our clients is to keep them involved and informed, and to contain costs.

Areas of expertise

We offer our clients access to a wide range of litigation and dispute resolution services. The AJ & Co Litigation & Dispute Resolution lawyers have a strong focus on alternative dispute resolution processes and techniques, both to avoid litigation and resolve litigation after it has commenced. When litigation happens, our clients turn to us for assistance; we have the legal and market experience in complex and critical disputes having acted in many significant inquiries, investigations, royal commissions and cases in both the Federal and State courts and tribunals.

Our areas of expertise include:

  • administrative law litigation,
  • arbitration,
  • aviation litigation,
  • banking and finance litigation,
  • class actions,
  • complex litigation,
  • construction and major projects,
  • debt recovery franchising litigation,
  • inquiries, investigations and commissions,
  • insurance and risk,
  • professional negligence,
  • restructuring and insolvency,
  • shareholder disputes, and
  • work health & safety.

EXPERTS

Hugh Scott-Mackenzie, Partner
Ashley Stanton, Partner
Marion Niestroj, Senior Associate

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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 and proceedings.
  • BIF notices, adjudications, submissions, and responses.
  • QCAT reviews, appeals, and applications.
  • PPSA issues on construction sites.
  • Insolvency/administration and liquidation issues in construction
  • Labour and employment contracts and WH&S policies.

EXPERTS

Jonathan Hitchcock, Partner
Julian Troy, Partner

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Building & Construction

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

Wendy Evans, Partner
Peter MacGregor, Consultant

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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.

EXPERTS

Gavin McInnes, Partner
Kyla Brose, Senior Associate

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Private Advisory & Revenue