Real Estate & Commercial

Introduction

The real estate and commercial property sector is one of the backbones of the Australian economy.

The AJ & Co team is comprised of legal specialists that have unparalleled knowledge of the industry and its participants. Our team understands the complexities in legislation and the processes between different state and local governments, the tax treatment of various structures, and how to deliver projects in a timely and cost-efficient manner.

Our involvement spans the life cycle of a project from due diligence, to planning, to construction, to attracting buyers or tenants. We know what works and what will result in delays because we have decades of experience in all different types of projects and structures. We also advise clients with mature property portfolios on how to manage their risks and deliver consistent returns. We work with multinationals, top 50 ASX listed corporations, and private investors in retail, commercial and industrial markets. No matter if they are looking to expand, divest, or diversify their property portfolios, our industry knowledge, legal expertise and commercial acumen enables us to assist clients develop and deliver successful projects.

Our passion is finding the best result, in the shortest time, for the best value.

Areas of Expertise

  • 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

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EXPERTS

Introduction

By taking the time to understand our clients and what makes them successful, we are able to take a strategic approach on every project. Delivering quality service with integrity is our priority because your success is our success.

Our Corporate Advisory team have decades of experience making the same decisions their clients face on a daily basis. Our services include capital raising, assisting with the purchase and sale of business assets, negotiating shareholders’ agreements, advising on IPOs, ICOs, funds management and helping establish air tight joint ventures.

We have extensive experience establishing, advising and assisting funds and managed investment schemes in all areas of funds management law. We have established listed and unlisted, wholesale and retail funds in industries such as debt collection, property, finance, agriculture and distressed assets.

Areas of Expertise

  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Capital raising
  • 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

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EXPERTS

Corporate Advisory

Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Introduction

We are innovative and strategically minded when dealing with litigation. We have open and cooperative relationships with our clients working closely with you to achieve the commercial result you require.

When risk is high, we are the firm that you need. We handle complex litigation and our team has a proven track record of handling complex matters in many jurisdictions around Australia. We have the resources across a broad range of practices and industries to provide the service that you require. As part of our relationship with you, access to our Partners is guaranteed and the team will work with you on the strategic and commercial approach to your piece of litigation.

In the world of business, disputes are inevitable. When they arise, you require a team of highly skilled Litigation & Dispute Resolution lawyers who can achieve exceptional outcomes. Our team is attentive, responsive, and offers superb strategic guidance, ensuring that legal counsel is always aligned with commercial objectives.

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.

At the same time, we are focused 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

  • 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
  • Work health & safety

Case Study

EXPERTS

Introduction

The real estate and commercial property sector is one of the backbones of the Australian economy.

The AJ & Co team is comprised of legal specialists that have unparalleled knowledge of the industry and its participants. Our team understands the complexities in legislation and the processes between different state and local governments, the tax treatment of various structures, and how to deliver projects in a timely and cost-efficient manner.

Our involvement spans the life cycle of a project from due diligence, to planning, to construction, to attracting buyers or tenants. We know what works and what will result in delays because we have decades’ of experience in all different types of projects and structures. We also advise clients with mature property portfolios on how to manage their risks and deliver consistent returns. We work with multinationals, top 50 ASX listed corporations, and private investors in retail, commercial and industrial markets. No matter if they are looking to expand, divest, or diversify their property portfolios, our industry knowledge, legal expertise, and commercial acumen enables us to assist clients develop and deliver successful projects.

Our passion is finding the best result, in the shortest time, for the best value.

Areas of Expertise

  • 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

Building & Construction

Planning & Environment

Introduction

Navigating the intricate layers of planning and environmental regulation and policy, and the political forces shaping development is far from straightforward. Fortunately, AJ & Co Lawyers is here to provide assistance.

Above all else, our Planning and Environment team is driven by passion. We aim to collaborate with you, comprehending your drivers, to attain the most favorable results. Our team combines unmatched expertise in urban planning, spanning both the public and private sectors, along with tier-one legal proficiency. This synergy brings together extensive practical knowledge and profound technical skills.

Our focus is on providing the highest quality legal advice and representation, timely results, and building partnerships for the future.

Areas of Expertise

  • 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

Introduction

Our Private Advisory and Estates team provides strategic and tailored legal solutions for private businesses, families, and their respective advisers.

With experience in mergers and acquisitions, business successions and exits, commercial transactions, structuring, estate planning and family trusts, we are not only trusted advisors for our clients but also seen as a member of the family.

The team at AJ & Co offers exceptional capacity to service the needs of private business owners and high net-worth individuals.

Areas of Expertise

  • Personal and business asset protection strategies
  • Binding financial agreements
  • Trust establishment and amendments
  • Business succession planning and family continuity
  • Complex estate planning including multiple jurisdiction estate planning
  • Wills, powers of attorney and testamentary trusts
  • Structuring for compliance with business talent visa and significant investment visa
  • Start-ups and scaling up of established businesses

EXPERTS

Private Advisory & Estates

Employment & Workplace

Introduction

Irrespective of scale, no business is immune from changes to workplace
laws or becoming the subject of actions by disgruntled employees.
However, with specific and personalised advice, businesses can seek to avoid the worst outcomes, saving time and money.

With experience assisting clients ranging from small businesses to multi-national corporations, AJ & Co Lawyers has provided invaluable advice to employers on a plethora of employment issues across many industries. These have included professional services, mining, manufacturing, finance and investment, agribusiness, manufacturing and retail.

Clients value our amiable demeanour and ability to communicate
effectively on complex issues.

Areas of Expertise

  • Drafting employment agreements and assisting with the development of employment related policies
  • Providing advice on Modern Award provisions
  • Drafting and assisting with advice on enterprise agreements
  • Providing advice in relation to disciplinary, termination of employment and redundancy matters
  • Assisting with claims arising out of the termination of employment, such as unfair dismissal and general protection claims
  • Advising on and assisting in matters relating to breach of restraint of trade and confidentiality obligations

EXPERTS

Introduction

The AJ & Co Lawyers Restructuring & Insolvency team has acted for a range of clients in both the private and public sector and is well equipped to handle the most complex matters. Insolvency and dispute resolution are intrinsically linked, and our team of experts at AJ & Co can also assist with restructuring, insolvency, corporate reorganisation, litigation and dispute resolution when the need arises.

Areas of Expertise

  • Insolvency risk management and minimisation
  • Debt and equity restructures
  • Cross-border insolvency work
  • Providing strategic advice to insolvency practitioners, creditors, stakeholders and directors on how best to deal with a company’s potential insolvency
  • Assisting directors and shareholders to come to an arrangement with creditors and restructure capital, either informally or through the external administration process
  • Receiverships
  • Assisting directors involved in ASIC reviews, investigations and prosecutions and act on behalf of financiers and creditors who may suffer an exposure as a result of a failed company schemes of arrangement
  • Bankruptcy and liquidation, including acting for the trustee or liquidator in the areas of asset recovery
  • Priority and perfection disputes arising out of competing security interests
  • Potential personal liability resulting from trading and realisation activities
  • Administration of managed investment scheme interests

EXPERTS

Restructuring & Insolvency