Australia: Real Estate 2018

In this chapter we recognise 14 leading real estate lawyers for their excellent work handling a broad range of domestic and international real estate services, including real estate financing, development projects and single asset and portfolio transactions.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Les Koltai DLA Piper Australia, Sydney
2. Stuart Dixon-Smith King & Wood Mallesons, Sydney
3. Andrew Erikson King & Wood Mallesons, Melbourne

King & Wood Mallesons is a strong player in the real estate market and achieves three listings in this chapter.
The “excellent” Stuart Dixon-Smith is a prominent figure in the Australian market. He advises lenders and developers in relation to large-scale infrastructure projects and enjoys an excellent reputation for his work in the residential and hotel industries.
Andrew Erikson is a highly regarded real estate lawyer who is known for his expertise in international property development and investment. He stands out this year as one of the leading real estate lawyers in the country.
Chris Mitchell is a seasoned expert in property development and infrastructure projects. He advises clients from the public and private sector and boasts strong expertise in PPP projects and government contracts work.

Herbert Smith Freehills also sees three esteemed practitioners listed in this chapter.
Nicholas Cowie is endorsed as an “outstanding” lawyer. He has a strong financial and transactions practice and is regularly engaged to advise on high-value property developments, leasing and acquisitions.
Julie Couch is widely commended for her deep knowledge of the real estate market as well as her strong experience advising on major transactions and development projects.
With decades of experience, Michael Back is well known as a knowledgeable authority on commercial real estate and property development matters. He has a strong transactional practice and experience spanning projects in Asia-Pacific, the UK and the US.

Les Koltai is a distinguished adviser at DLA Piper Australia. Peers describe him as “an incredible lawyer” and he is well known for his expertise handling cross-border investments and transactions.

Ashurst’s John Stawyskyj is highly visible in the market. Peers say “he definitely knows his stuff” and he is held in high esteem as “a real specialist in hotel work”.

Harshane Kahagalle is a leading light at Addisons Lawyers and is described by market commentators as “a great planning lawyer” for major real estate development projects.

Virginia Briggs is a standout lawyer at MinterEllison. She has an “excellent” reputation in the market and is often engaged to advice on high-value projects for public and private sector clients.

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Nominees have been selected based upon comprehensive, independent survey work with both general counsel and private practice lawyers worldwide. Only specialists who have met independent international research criteria are listed.

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