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What the team is known for

Herbert Smith Freehills 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, with such notable clients as Ampol, Lendlease, and Coles Group.

Strengths

An interviewee praises the the strength of the advice provided by the team, commenting: "When I receive advice from Herbert Smith Freehills, I feel safe and confident, and trust in their advice to resolve the problem."

Another client highlights the team's "depth of expertise and ability to turn matters around fast," going on to express "confidence in the key lawyers working on the matters."

Work highlights

Herbert Smith Freehills advised Allianz on the acquisition of two student accommodation assets in Melbourne for AUD459 million from South African REIT Redefine Properties.

Notable practitioners

Julie Couch is a well-established figure in the market and is noted for her experience acting on leasings and major urban developments. One client describes her as being "really good to work with, very diligent and pleasant character."

David Sinn is widely respected as a leading real estate lawyer. He frequently acts for major property groups in relation to acquisitions and developments and is particularly noted for his work on matters involving real estate trusts.

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. A client praises his "good temperament to deal with other parties."

Jane Hodder is an experienced figure who is well respected for her expertise with regard to property developments and transactions. Her clients include developers, property groups and funds. A client comments: "Jane is a strong negotiator with a wealth of experience; she is a hard worker and provides grounded well-rounded advice with a perspective on all of the broad and complex issues in play."

Frank Poeta has a strong reputation for his expertise on property matters, one market sources noting: "He is in my opinion the leading property lawyer in Western Australia." He often acts on commercial and mixed-use developments.

Luke Simpson is a well-respected figure who assists clients on property acquisitions and commercial developments. Sources describe him as "a good operator," noting that "his clients regard him highly," one of whom comments: "He's best in class."

Christopher Blue acts for property companies and investment groups in relation to the acquisition, development and sale of major property developments in Brisbane. One client commends his experience, saying: "Christopher is very well experienced in the area of complex, high-value development projects where these projects are multi-faceted with numerous stakeholders."

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David Sinn
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Jane Hodder
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