Awards & Recognition

  • Sponsor, 500 Women in Property, Property Council of Australia, 2023
  • Finalist, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander/Culturally and Linguistically Diverse, ACT Women Lawyers Awards, 2022

About Veena

Veena has helped her clients make defensible property and procurement decisions for over 15 years. She has a particular interest in how property transactions can drive energy efficiency and sustainability.

In recent years, a large focus of her practice has been advising tenants on long term leases for large premises, including those with energy efficiency requirements and security overlays. Prior to joining Maddocks, Veena acted for property owners, such as private health care operators.

She also has significant experience in providing probity, process and procurement advice on projects which have operational significance, involve unique arrangements or are subject to close stakeholder scrutiny.

Veena regularly delivers presentations on the “Lease and its Language” which is offered as part of the Property Council of Australia’s Leasing Fundamentals Program.

A finalist in the 2022 ACT Women Lawyers Awards, and a sponsor in the 2023 500 Women in Property program, Veena is passionate about advocating for women from under-represented backgrounds.

Her broader professional contributions also include being a former Councillor of the Law Society of the ACT (2020-2022) the Asian Australian Lawyers Association (ACT Branch), the Property Council of Australia Retirement Living Committee (ACT) and the Law Council of Australia’s Business and Human Rights Committee (ACT).


  • Department of Defence

    Advising on large scale leasing procurements for office spaces in Melbourne, Canberra, Brisbane and Perth. These matters have had complex fitout requirements with security overlays and green leasing requirements.

  • National Capital Authority

    Advising on agreements relating to the construction and maintenance of roads located on National Land, including liaising with stakeholder entities such as the Department of Defence.

  • Portfolio leasing requirements

    Advising a number of corporate and non-Commonwealth entities on portfolio leasing needs nationally, including establishing new office accommodation, renewals, variations, advising on issues arising under existing leases (such as rights to abatement for damage/destruction and the scope of make good obligations), advising on communications and storage area licences.

  • Property
    • Acting for non-corporate Commonwealth entities on agreements for lease, leases and licences at major airports nationally, including to exercise statutory functions.
    • Property related due diligence: Leading property related due diligence to assist financiers in relation to the acquisition of a variety of sites in the ACT, including hotels, mixed use developments and childcare centres.
  • Probity advice
    • Advising on programs of works for construction and property related procurements nationally (including those in remote and regional areas) and sales of property.
    • Business transformation programmes: Advising non-corporate Commonwealth entities on numerous ICT-led business transformation programs.
    • Trials of innovative service delivery models: Advising a non-corporate Commonwealth entity on the procurement of providers for a trail of innovative and flexible service delivery during the COVID-19 pandemic

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