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Clive Nichol

Clive Nichol began his career with Cooper Grace Ward 27 years ago and has recently returned to the firm’s property and commercial team.

Clive is a very pragmatic lawyer and makes sure he is accessible to his clients. He has a deep understanding of the retail sector and through industry experience, has built long-term relationships with developer clients and investors.

Clive has a well-earned reputation as an expert in the field of shopping centre leasing and management. In addition, he is an experienced general property lawyer and has acted in the sale and purchase of some of Queensland’s major shopping centres. He has also assisted a large number of high-profile investors and developers with their matters.

His general commercial advice has helped some of Queensland’s most successful small-to-medium sized enterprises through every stage of the business development cycle.

Clive has been described by his clients as ‘accessible’, ‘understanding our needs’ and ‘crystal clear’, as well as ‘providing good solutions to problems’. Clients also say that Clive ‘understands what we want’ and ‘understands the commercial reality.’

Over the years, Clive has also developed a special expertise in airports, which has involved providing clients with advice in relation to terminal redevelopments, aviation-related leases and commercial agreements. Clive is also a proud member of the Australian Airports Association.

Clive has been recognised in the 2018 to 2022 editions of Best Lawyers for Leasing Law.

  • Bachelor of Arts (Hons)
  • Solicitor – Supreme Court of Queensland
  • Graduate Diploma in Shopping Centre Management
  • Member – Australian Airports Association (AAA)
  • Recommended for Leasing Law – Doyle’s Guide (2021-2022)
  • Best Lawyers Australia (since 2018) – Leasing Law and Real Property Law.
  • Retail leasing and property management
  • Acquisition and disposal of commercial property
  • Property development
  • Airports.

Areas of Expertise


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.

It Depends - Contract advice before signing a REIQ Contract

In this edition of ‘It depends’, lawyer Cass Palmer-Field talks about whether you should get legal advice before signing a contract to purchase property.

20 CGW partners listed in Best Lawyers Australia

Best Lawyers has announced its annual list of leading lawyers, and CGW is thrilled to have 20 team members listed across 26 practice areas in the 15th edition.