Sarah Bird

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.



“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.”



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



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.



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

Bachelor of Business with Honours (QUT)