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Latest Case

Providing strategic advice on expansion structures November 16, 2018

Founded in Bondi Beach in 2012, Bailey Nelson has rapidly grown into a global eyewear retailer and service provider with boutiques in Australia, London, Canada and New Zealand. The strong demand for their products and … Continued

Latest News

Maddocks appoints restructuring and insolvency partner in Sydney January 14, 2019

Monday 14 January  Maddocks has appointed its second new partner in a month with the appointment of Danielle Funston. Danielle is a restructuring and insolvency lawyer who advises clients on recoveries, liquidations, corporate restructuring and … Continued

Latest Article

Made in Australia: Tightened restrictions on the use of country of origin labels January 14, 2019

The recent decision of Nature’s Care Manufacture Pty Ltd v Australian Made Campaign Limited by the Federal Court of Australia has provided much needed guidance on the requirements for ‘Made in Australia’ and other country … 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.