DEPARTMENT PROFILE

Herbert Smith Freehills

Real Estate

8 ranked lawyersBand 1AustraliaAsia-Pacific 2021 View ranking table

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What the team is known for

Offers end-to-end real estate services to leading property companies across Australia. Possesses depth and quality of expertise in mixed-use, commercial and residential property matters in addition to corporate, tax and finance expertise. Experienced in handling many of Australia's largest real estate deals. Clients include major players in the domestic real estate market, including leading funds, real estate and development companies, and significant global investors operating throughout the country.

Strengths

Clients appreciate the team's ability to bring its experience to bear on matters, one commenting: "They have the experience and awareness of what risks need to be addressed and tailor the advice for us as a client to make decisions; they're very targeted in their advice and targeted in the right areas."

Another client notes: "They're very dedicated and quick to respond, they are great problem solvers and I have only good things to say about them."

Work highlights

Advised Dexus Property Group on the AUD630 million off-market sale of its interests in 201 Elizabeth Street, Sydney, to Charter Hall and Abacus Property Group.

Notable practitioners

Christopher Blue is described by interviewees as "a very solid and capable" practitioner. He acts for property companies and investment groups in relation to the acquisition, development and sale of major property developments in Brisbane.

David Sinn is widely respected as a leading real estate lawyer. He frequently acts for major property groups in relation to acquisitions and developments.

Frank Poeta has a strong reputation for his expertise on property matters, one client noting: "For real estate work I would definitely suggest Frank Poeta." Based in Perth, he often acts on commercial and mixed-use developments.

Jane Hodder is an experienced figure who is well respected for her expertise with regard to property developments. Her clients include developers, property groups and funds.

Julie Couch is a well-established figure in the market, and is noted for her experience acting on leasings and major urban developments.

Luke Simpson is a well-respected figure who is regarded by market sources as "a solid, commercial deal-doer" who "has a national footprint and acts for a number of the larger developers." He assists clients on property acquisitions and commercial developments.

Michael Back is a highly experienced practitioner who frequently acts on property acquisitions. His clients include REITs and major real estate groups.

Nicholas Cowie counts real estate groups and property developers amongst his clientele. An established figure in the market, he often acts on residential developments and property acquisitions.

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Ranked Lawyers

Chambers Research is conducted by 200 Research Analysts, across 200 jurisdictions and provides nearly 6,000 rankings tables. Annually we collect hundreds of thousands of responses from clients, the majority via in-depth interview. Learn more about our methodology.

Australia

Real Estate


Christopher Blue
Band 3
David Sinn
Band 1
Frank Poeta
Band 2
Jane Hodder
Band 2
Julie Couch
Band 1
Luke Simpson
Band 2