In 2016, our property law team will have handled over 2000 separate property sale or purchase related matters. This is almost 40 separate transactions every week! This figure does not include the hundreds of commercial leases also handled by AV. Given the range of matters we handle, we have enormous depth and expertise in this area and look forward to helping you with your property law needs.
Our clients range from large property developers and builders, investment companies, property speculators, retirement villages and aged care operators, right through to individuals buying or selling their family home, or investment property.
If you are to visit our property team on a typical morning, you would see most of our staff on the phone – speaking with clients, calling the other party’s representative, making enquiries with the bank, or liaising with our filing agent regarding an upcoming settlement. There is much organising to be done. Issues arise unexpectedly, clients have urgent questions needing answers, and there is a seemingly endless list of documents to prepare and to ensure the proper execution of.
Every file is carefully organised, using precedent documents and a checklist that is strictly adhered to. Whiteboards at each workstation list the dates of all upcoming settlements. When staff are not on the phone, they are preparing forms, copying or scanning, and helping each other with particularly urgent matters. For large property developments, there is the constant updating of spreadsheets to keep clients informed of the status of dozens of individual transactions. And there is constant liaison with our accounts team, organising cheques and EFTs, in careful compliance with our trust account keeping obligations.
There is a very strong sense of client loyalty in our property practice. This is never more apparent than when our staff have the wonderful task of calling a client to advise them that their sale or purchase has settled. “Congratulations Mr Brown, you are the legal owner of your new home!” No matter how many of these matters our staff do, the thrill is still the same – a palpable sense that we are making a real difference in the lives of our clients.
Sue Falkner heads up the property team, and provides overall direction to our property operations. Her particular focus is working with larger clients who already have a deep understanding of the legal processes, but who still rely on Sue’s many years of accumulated experience when confronted with novel and difficult situations. Sue works closely with Anne Goodrick who, as an Accredited Property Law Specialist, brings the highest level of property law knowledge possible. Together Sue and Anne brainstorm the most difficult and confounding situations, and are yet to come across a situation they could not solve!
Senior partner Sheena Joshi and special Counsel Guy Vinden direct a lot of the work for property developers and retirement village and aged care operators, and enjoy the many long-standing client relationships the firm has in this area, handling calls on a daily basis from clients of the never ending range of questions and issues to solve. Several other members of our firm are also heavily involved in property law matters, including, Senior Associate Janelle Boutros and Associate Michael Smith. The team also relies upon the skills and dedication of a number of licensed conveyancers as well as a team of highly experienced property paralegals. Regular meetings together which include video training and precedent development ensures consistent and high quality advice to our clients.