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Marcus Ford

‘Marcus has a friendly approach in accommodating our needs, and always with a strategic vision for the project.’ Bruce Harper, General Manager, AVID Property Group

Marcus Ford leads the planning and environment team at Cooper Grace Ward.

Marcus has been actively involved in the development industry for more than 25 years. His practice areas include strategic advice for property developers of large master planned communities, including commercial, retail and residential; infrastructure agreements and arrangements for master planned communities; community title scheme developments; legal structures such as development agreements; and complex tenders for acquisition of raw sites.

His focus is to provide legal advice of the highest calibre, ensuring commercial and practical results. Marcus achieves these results through a commitment to strategic planning of his clients’ ventures, taking into account not only the myriad of legal issues but also the financial imperatives of his clients and the political issues they often face.

  • Bachelor of Laws – Queensland University of Technology
  • Solicitor – Supreme Court of Queensland
  • Secretary – Urban Development Institute of Australia (Queensland) Council (2006 – 2011)
  • Executive Council – Property Council of Australia (Queensland) (2012 – 2020)
  • Council Member – Queensland Heritage Council (2013 – 2016)
  • Doyles Guide (since 2015) – Recommended Lawyer – Property law
  • Best Lawyers Australia (2020-2023) – Real Property Law.

Real estate

  • Advising two principal residential developers, the developer of the shopping centre and the developer of the business park in all aspects of the infrastructure and planning for the Rochedale master planned community development, including negotiating critical infrastructure agreements with Brisbane City Council.
  • Acting for two property groups in relation to strategic planning, infrastructure requirements and agreements for their large proposed communities of Ripley Valley and Flagstone, both of which are areas governed by the Minister of Economic Development Queensland.
  • Advising a property group in relation to their proposed development at Palmview on the Sunshine Coast, which is a major greenfield development site for the region. The team’s services include strategic planning, infrastructure planning and general property advice.
  • Acting for a property group in the sale of a shopping centre in 2012. The centre is set on 3.85 hectares of land within the high growth master planned areas of Peregian Springs and Ridges Peregian Springs on the Sunshine Coast. The sale included 4,386sqm of additional land available for further expansion of the centre.
  • Working collaboratively with various consultants in respect of negotiations with state government, local authorities and various other stakeholders.
  • Representing a property group in its acquisition from a residential property developer of a major residential development at Currumbin, Gold Coast, with an end value of about $500 million.


Areas of Expertise


Standards Australia invites consultation on changes to key construction industry contract AS4000-1997

For the first time in 27 years, Standards Australia is planning various updates to the AS4000—1997 General Conditions of Contract, which is used extensively in the building and construction industry. While several amendments are proposed the changes will, if accepted, be conservative. This article covers what principals, contractors and other parties to construction contracts need to know.

Commercial property owner successfully defends obsolete easement case

Cooper Grace Ward’s dispute resolution group recently assisted a commercial property owner in the successful defence of Supreme Court proceedings about an obsolete easement.

Major cultural heritage reforms move a step closer

Momentum continues to build towards a major reform of cultural heritage laws in Australia.

What others say

We consider our property lawyer Marcus Ford to be the ‘go-to’ in Brisbane for complex planning and property issues. He has strong knowledge and experience, strategies and approaches the problem commercially.

Peter Sherrie, General Manager, Urbex