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Property & Development

Supporting clients achieve their property and development goals

The property sector has a larger footprint on the Australian economy than any other industry and our knowledge of property and development law is unrivalled. We provide a range of services Australia wide and see your project go from idea to fruition. 

We understand that property is about far more than putting up new buildings and infrastructure. No matter what the market, we know that clients with property assets and requirements need a strategic and astute legal service from experienced and innovative advisors.

The Finlaysons Property team is one of the largest in South Australia made up of solicitors, registered conveyancers and support staff who are constantly achieving the most profitable outcome for our clients in a timely manner. We’re proud of what we’ve helped our clients achieve – it’s a track record that makes us the state’s market leader.

With our deep expertise and experience we service the property law requirements of clients in a wide range of industries including energy, wine, resources, defence and agribusiness. And act for local, national and international companies across all areas of property, whether it be acquiring, constructing or selling.

We have the depth of expertise and breadth of resources our clients need to handle major projects, complex transactions and tight deadlines. We work with all levels of government on a regular basis and our extensive industry networks help us provide clients with legally precise but practical advice that they can understand and apply. We can offer you a full legal service that includes specialist property and development expertise in many industries.

Our dynamic and enthusiastic team develops and maintains long-term relationships with our clients. Clients trust our years of experience, straightforward approach and reputation for getting results.

Industry Recognition and Awards

  • David Martin
    • Best Lawyers Australia 2020 – ‘Lawyer of the Year SA’ Real Property Law
    • Doyles Leading Property & Real Estate Lawyer – South Australia, 2020, 2019
    • Doyles Preeminent Property & Real Estate Lawyer – South Australia 2018
  • Steven Tarca
    • Best Lawyers Australia 2020 – Real Property Law
    • Doyles Recommended Property & Real Estate Lawyer – South Australia, 2020, 2019 and Leading 2018
    • Doyles Leading Leasing Lawyer – South Australia, 2020, 2019, 2018
    • Doyles Leading Property & Real Estate Lawyer 2019
  • Gavin Cragg
    • Best Lawyers Australia 2021 & 2020 – Real Property Law
    • Doyles Recommended Property & Real Estate Lawyer – South Australia 2018
  • Annoushka Scharnberg
    • Best Lawyers Australia 2021 & 2020 – Real Property Law
  • Leading Property & Real Estate Law Firm ‘First Tier’ – South Australia, 2019

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Key Services

  • Acquisitions and disposals
  • Contract negotiations and preparation
  • Property due diligence and environmental compliance
  • Planning advice (including rezoning and change of use)
  • Property financing
  • Land divisions and community/strata titling
  • Building and construction
  • Commercial, industrial and retail leasing
  • Project and property management
  • Real estate agency matters
  • Stamp duty, GST, land tax
  • Residential, retail, commercial and industrial developments
  • Mixed use developments and urban renewal projects
  • Project structuring, e.g. a wide range of joint ventures, development agreements, infrastructure agreements, PPP’s, tax and GST
  • Retirement estates, health and aged care
  • Use, ownership or land tenancy dispute advice
  • Marina and other water-based developments, golf courses and similar leisure developments