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We work collaboratively with our clients to build strong, sustainable relationships. Our team is committed to delivering consistent high standards of service, and we understand the importance of accessibility. Working with us, you'll enjoy open communication, meaning well scoped, properly resourced and effectively managed matters.

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Latest Case

Advising on market-changing divestments September 25, 2018

Maddocks  acted for the founder of Australia’s largest private pilot training school, Soar Aviation, on the group’s 50 percent sale to Australian private equity investor The Growth Fund. Soar Aviation was started in 2012 by … Continued

Latest News

Strong signals: Maddocks advises on television broadcast services outsourcing October 10, 2018

Wednesday 10 October 2018 Maddocks has advised NPC Media on its deal to provide playout services for Southern Cross Austereo’s 105 television broadcast signals through NPC Media’s new playout centre. NPC Media is a joint … Continued

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When being natural can be misleading: recent consideration of organic product claims October 15, 2018

Recent decisions by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission and the Federal Court of Appeal have demonstrated that it can be a fine line between branding and product claims: with a wrong step amounting to … Continued

David Hartney Partner

Background

David has significant experience across all aspects of real estate law, having acted on a broad range of large and complex transactions for listed and private companies, listed and unlisted property trusts, statutory authorities and financiers for many years.

He brings an in-depth understanding of the imperatives facing each of the parties in real estate transactions derived from ‘hands on’ experience acting for developers, purchasers, vendors, landlords, tenants and financiers.

David makes it his business to understand each client’s particular needs and imperatives, applying a commercial and solution-driven approach to deliver successful outcomes.

David has been ranked in the Australian Financial Review’s Best Lawyers in the category of Real Property Law from 2016 – 2018.

David has been ranked in the Legal 500 Asia Pacific category of Real Estate in 2018.

Legal Expertise

  • Real estate development projects from conception to completion across all real estate sectors, including retail, commercial office, industrial, residential and mixed use
  • Real estate acquisitions and disposals, due diligence and development structuring
  • Agreement for lease and lease transactions and advice for developers, landlords and tenants, including shopping centre developments and anchor tenancies
  • Real estate ownership structuring and advice, including joint venture and co-ownership arrangements

Relevant Experience

  • Advising Watpac Limited group companies on The Luxton and Rue de Chapel mixed use residential and commercial developments in Prahran, Victoria.
  • Acting for Coles Group companies on shopping centre and development site acquisitions and disposals, agreements for lease and leases for supermarkets, other stores and distribution centres, portfolio lease advice, redevelopment proposals and retail tenancy law issues.
  • Acting for various funds managed by Charter Hall Group in relation to numerous office, industrial and retail property acquisitions, disposals and leasing, including due diligence, development, co-ownership and joint venture arrangements.
  • Assisting Parklea Pty Ltd and other developer clients with the development of new neighbourhood shopping centres at Officer, Victoria, including the negotiation of major retail tenancies.
  • Acting for LinksLiving Limited and its joint venture partners in relation to the development of golf course residential estates at Sandhurst and Geelong, Victoria.