Jodie Lonard

Special Counsel
Real Estate & Commercial

“I aim to make my clients’ lives as easy as possible by understanding their commercial needs, talking their language, and driving outcomes.”

Jodie acts on a broad range of real estate and commercial matters. She spends a large part of her day working with developers on a wide range of matters from initial set up structures, acquisitions, titling and access to implementing projects, and managing the sale process.

Jodie began her practice over 15 years ago in body corporate law and expanded into representing major developers on flat land and mixed use developments, rural transactions (mining and agricultural) and representing major leasing clients. She also has extensive experience in hospitality law and business transactions.

Jodie enjoys working with clients on all property and commercial matters and her role at time leads her beyond providing professional legal advice to partnering with clients on project control groups or commercial matters. Her clients enjoy her ability to drive matters simply and commercially to a resolution.

 

WHY AJ & CO?

Jodie joined AJ & Co Lawyers in its start up phase and was attracted to joining a modern, multi disciplinary law firm that offered exciting growth opportunities and a fresh culture.

 

EXPERTISE

Jodie’s expertise includes:

  • property development – structuring ownership, site acquisition, titling, master conveyancing and participation in project control groups;
  • body corporate law including managements rights;
  • conveyancing and due diligence – commercial, industrial, rural and residential registered lots and off the plan;
  • leasing – commercial, industrial and retail leasing for landlords and tenants;
  • leasehold land – sale, subleasing, licensing and renewals;
  • general property – easement, covenants and profit a prende;
  • hospitality law – liquor licence and gaming applications, hospitality leasing, and business acquisitions and disposals;
  • commercial matters – service agreements, business sales and purchases; and
  • specialised asset divestment for managed funds, receivers and liquidators.

 

EXPERIENCE

Recent transactions of note include:

  • representing a developer in a 1600 lot subdivision including advising on initial and changing joint venture structures and participation in the project control group;
  • preparing titling material and overseeing master conveyancing on mixed use developments;
  • representing a QLD body corporate in major encroachment and redevelopment dispute;
  • representing a NSW owners corporation in a major strata management statement dispute and seven figure debt recovery dispute;
  • represented WorkPac in their Australia wide leasing portfolio;
  • represented Mulpha in the retail shop leasing for Sanctuary Cove;
  • represented managed funds in the divestment of all major assets;
  • represented developers to acquire existing schemes for redevelopment including under the new termination rules for bodies corporate passed in 2023; and
  • representing builders and developers in site acquisitions and development matters.

 

QUALIFICATIONS

Bachelor of Laws