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Property and leasing law

Cooper Grace Ward has provided property law advice and legal services to the property industry for more than 30 years. We have acted in some of Queensland’s landmark property transactions, projects and developments. Our team brings experience in all types of property transactions, development, leasing, project structuring arrangements, and planning and environment advice and appeals.

Our team acts for property developers, owners, investors, landlords, project managers, contractors, consultants and government across various industries including health and aged care, agriculture, energy and resources, education, and airports and marinas. We provide services to major corporate clients, MMEs and government entities who acquire property as part of their business operations.

Our lawyers understand the importance of a ‘deal making’ rather than ‘deal breaking’ approach and work consistently to the tight deadlines required in property and development projects to meet the needs of our clients.

Cooper Grace Ward’s property team works collaboratively with our commercial team in relation to revenue issues (particularly GST), joint ventures and development agreement structuring, ensuring that we provide our clients with a streamlined approach and optimum commercial outcome for their property developments.

Expert property law advice

Our major services in property law and leasing include:

  • property acquisition and sales of commercial, retail and rural properties
  • leasing of commercial and industrial real estate, as well as retail properties for large and small scale shopping centres
  • planning and development and all scheme compliance, including for master planned developments, tourism and resort developments
  • project structuring, including development agreements, joint ventures and property syndication
  • planning and environment advice and appeals
  • building and construction contract advice and documentation and dispute resolution 
  • infrastructure agreements
  • commercial advice, including advice on all types of contracts and agreements
  • resumption advice and compensation recovery
  • valuation appeals
  • easements and other user rights
  • body corporate and community management advice, including scheme and documentation compliance
  • community titles schemes documentation and establishment.

Property and real estate sector representation 

As one of the largest Brisbane based teams of property lawyers, we have the depth and breadth of expertise to support our clients’ needs. Our lawyers hold committee roles with key property industry bodies including the Property Council of Australia and UDIA Queensland

Our team has also achieved significant market recognition including rankings in Doyle’s Guide and Best Lawyers Australia.  

For advice from experienced property lawyers, email one of our experts or contact Cooper Grace Ward on (07) 3231 2444.

Key contacts

Marcus Ford
Partner
Laura Gahan
Partner
Clive Nichol
Partner
Leanne O’Neill
Partner
Diane Coffin
Special Counsel
Michael Donnelly
Special Counsel
Meg Johnson
Special Counsel
Vanessa Thompson
Special Counsel

Publications

CGW ranked Leading Health & Aged Care Law Firms in Doyle's Guide for 2024

This achievement is a credit to the teams across CGW who have continued to provide outstanding service to clients in the health, aged care, disability care and community services sectors throughout FY23-24.

Podcast: Coffee with CGW – Get to know Clive Nichol

Join us for a coffee chat with property partner Clive Nichol and private client partner Scott Hay-Bartlem as we delve into Clive's background, explore his life outside work, and discuss what gets him excited about his work in this candid conversation.

CGW Recognised Amongst Best Law Firms in Australia – 2025 Edition

Cooper Grace Ward has secured top regional rankings in an impressive 20 practice areas in the inaugural edition of Best Lawyers Best Law Firms for 2025.