Pria advises government and private clients on a wide range of property, construction and planning law matters, from acquisition and disposal of land and buildings in the ACT and other jurisdictions to complex commercial leasing and occupancy arrangements. Pria has worked with a number of Commonwealth agencies on diverse projects, ranging from coordinated whole of government procurements, divestment of government-owned properties, advising on Crown leasehold matters, preparing construction and remediation works contracts, deeds of standing offer and services contracts, and deeds of gift, as well as acting on leasing matters for government, across Australia.
Pria also has significant experience in advising on acquisitions of interests in land and disposals by the Commonwealth. Her practice also includes procurements for property management services and construction-related goods and services, such as purpose-built buildings, workstations, furniture and demountable equipment. Pria also advises government departments on infrastructure funding programs and options for securing funds used to purchase property interests or to build capital infrastructure projects.
Department of Human Services
Pria managed around half of the Department of Human Services’ property leasing matters for Centrelink and Medicare premises, Australia-wide (approximate property portfolio of 500 leased premises). This work involved the negotiation of leases, lease renewals, surrenders and documenting exercise of lease options. Pria regularly provided advices on remedies available under leases and other property interests; negotiated deeds of gift; prepared notices of default and assists with property dispute matters. As part of this parcelling of work Pria also managed registration and withdrawal of caveats and charges in relation to the Pension Loan Scheme.
Department of Finance
Lead legal adviser on the Whole of Australian Government (WoAG) co-ordinated procurement arrangements for property services to Commonwealth entities. The services include strategic planning, leasing services and facilities management services (including minor capital works). She undertook two separate approaches to market for a strategic property adviser and property service providers, preparing RFTs and draft contracts, and working seamlessly with the business adviser to finalise the deeds appointing the property service provider to the various work packages.
University of Canberra
Pria has assisted the University with various projects relating to the multi-billion dollar campus redevelopment project, including the joint venture arrangements for the campus community project. This project involved the preparation of project delivery agreements and associated development agreement and sublease templates to apply to individual developments. Pria was also closely involved with advice on title structuring and planning and regulatory reform, and variation of the Crown lease to enable the campus redevelopment to proceed.
Australian Sports Commission
Pria updated the construction contract suite that is utilised by the ASC’s capital works division for works projects at the AIS. Pria also prepared the RFT documents for design services and associated construction manager and project management contracts for use with proposed works to upgrade the AIS arena and reviewed a proposed fitout contract for newly leased premises.
Advising on the due diligence and contract for sale for the acquisition of the restaurant and entertainment precinct at King Street Wharf in Sydney. Following completion, Pria supervised leasing matters at this precinct for a number of years. This involved not only the preparation of a standard leasing suite but preparation of lease renewals, new leases, negotiations deeds of assignment, finance consent deeds and advice on strata management matters, tenancies default and rights in relation to incentive arrangements.
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