Sarah Bird

Partner
Real Estate & Commercial

“I love helping people move forward, advance their interests, and chase their dreams.”

Sarah has a strong focus on leasing and property development. Her knowledge of leasing, finance, and property and business sales and acquisitions makes her a sought-after advisor. Her diverse clients include local developers through to top 100 ASX listed companies.

Sarah provides relevant, sensible, and commercially strategic advice and has a reputation for delivering authoritative counsel while under pressure.

Her ability to communicate clearly and directly ensures clients are always informed and can manage expectations effectively.

 

WHY AJ & CO?

“I have worked with Andrew Johnson previously. When he set up his own firm, I knew it would be a progressive, positive, and energetic workplace that treats its clients and staff with respect. I knew that missing the opportunity to join the firm would be a mistake I would regret.”

 

EXPERTISE

Sarah’s expertise includes:

  • property development;
  • commercial, industrial and residential disposals and acquisitions;
  • establishment of bodies corporate and subdivisions;
  • due diligence;
  • real estate and commercial finance;
  • commercial, industrial and retail leasing for landlords and tenants;
  • non-disclosure and confidentiality agreements; and
  • hospitality law, including liquor licence and gaming applications and
    amendments.

 

EXPERIENCE

Recent transactions of note include:

  • acting as key legal advisor to BrisWest Holdings in the negotiation of an international syndicate in a joint venture and facility agreement for the BrisWest industrial development;
  • acting as key legal advisor on the sale of the land and separately the business of Agnes Waters Beach Holiday Caravan Park;
  • acting for Clarence Property Group on the structuring and sale of its off the plan industrial development at Heathwood;
  • advised and negotiated the $32.25m sale of a proposed lot which was the subject of an agreement to lease to Volvo Group Australia, the fund through deal (from negotiation to execution) took less than a week;
  • advising major retail tenants (including top 10 ASX companies) and institutional landlords on the negotiation of leases, preparation of master leases and disputes with landlords nationally;
  • advised joint venture partners on the structuring and development of a staged off the plan strata industrial project with a completed value of $1.5 billion;
  • advised listed and unlisted clients and property funds on complex acquisitions and disposals of property including development, agricultural and industrial sites and retail and commercial centres;
  • advised a major multinational on the acquisition of $188m worth of hotel and gaming sites, including obtaining liquor and gaming licenses using foreign sourced funds;
  • advised and negotiated leases (including design and construct agreements to lease);
  • advised on lease disputes for top 10 ASX companies and government departments;
  • advised on the sale and purchase of management rights businesses for residential towers; and
  • advised on finance facilities (including mezzanine finance facilities) and associated security documents for property developers; and
  • acting as key legal advisor on the lease and financing of a new neighbourhood shopping centre at Thornlands.

 

QUALIFICATIONS

Bachelor of Laws (Gold Medal)(University of the South Pacific, Vanuatu)

Bachelor of Business with Honours (QUT)