Dowd and Co

Commercial Property Expertise

Our property group is committed to providing expert services to corporate and institutional owners and property developers as well as individuals engaged in property ownership and development. We are regularly engaged to advise on a broad range of commercial property transactions, from assessment of a possible acquisition to the resolution of planning and environment disputes and the conduct of related proceedings, we have extensive expertise and regularly provide clients with representation and advice on:


  • broadacre subdivisions
  • multi-unit developments from acquisition, planning, contract to settlement or sale
  • resort development and management
  • CBD building and development, site acquisitions, refurbishment and leasing
  • industrial acquisitions and developments including leasing and disposal
  • strata titled developments, tourist developments, commercial and office developments
  • small and major shopping centre purchases, sales and leasing
  • mixed use developments

Property Development and Project Structuring

  • due diligence to accurately map out possible development opportunities
  • applications for material change of use, reconfiguration or a change of a condition on a current decision
  • applications to the planning and environment Court for extensions of time
  • liaising with third party service providers such as surveyors, town planners and body corporate managers
  • negotiating conditions of land use approval;
  • negotiating and drafting construction contracts, development agreements, sale contracts, community management statements, building management statements and all disclosure documents and statements

Planning and Environment Court/ Land Court of Queensland

  • the Integrated Planning Act (repealed), the Sustainable Planning Act and the Planning Act passed by the QLD parliament on 12 May 2016
  • the Acquisition of Land Act (1967) particularly landowners in compulsory acquisition matters to determine the compensation payable by the resuming authority
  • the Land Valuation Act (2010) specifically landowners in relation to the valuation of property by the Valuer-General for the purposes of reviewing land tax assessments

Leasing – Retail, Commercial and Industrial

  • negotiating the commercial and legal terms of leases
  • drafting retail, commercial and industrial leases
  • advice following breach of a lease
  • advice on the termination or surrender of a lease

Body Corporate and Community Title

  • drafting creation documents such as community title statements, building management statements, facilities agreements and management agreements
  • advising developers in respect of management rights issues
  • acting for body corporates, managers and lot owners and advising on scheme issues
  • providing representation in disputes between managers, lot owners and the body corporate



Commercial Property



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