Russell Kennedy delivers expert legal solutions for clients with commercial, industrial, and retail properties. Our dedicated legal team provides leasing advice across a range of industries.
We focus on making a difference to our clients’ businesses by providing market leading legal expertise for leasing and licensing matters. Our clients include local government, state government, statutory authorities and publicly listed companies, small businesses, not-for-profit organisations, franchisees and individuals.
Russell Kennedy has developed standard lease templates for municipal councils, Parks Victoria and other government entities. We provide training to assist our clients in the preparation of standard form leases using our templates.
Whether it’s for a landlord or the tenant, our risk management strategy is careful preparation and negotiation of well drafted documentation.
We specialise in retail leasing, in particular the application and interpretation of state based retail leasing legislation in force across Australia.
We act for local government in relation to the preparation, negotiation and interpretation of leases and licences for community groups, sporting and recreational clubs. We specialise in Crown land leases and licences and act for community health services.
We act for the Victorian State Government in relation to large scale development leases, and long term lease arrangements for surplus sites. We have assisted the Victorian State Government with preparation of standard form disclosure documentation across all State jurisdictions.
Our expertise includes:
preparing all types of commercial, industrial, retail and office leases
preparing and negotiating building development leases
negotiating lease terms
conducting due diligence in relation to the purchase of a business or multi-tenanted building
advising on stamp duty and GST issues
preparing notices of default and re-entry, including assisting clients to re-enter premises
representing clients in leasing disputes, in mediations and litigation (where required)
preparing Crown land leases, sub-leases and licences for tenants and landlords
compliance advice in relation to the retail leasing legislation across Australia
acting on a regular basis for sub landlords within the Royal Arcade Shopping Centre located within the CBD in the negotiation and preparation of sub-leases to retail subtenants
acting for the landlord of the Block Arcade located within the CBD in relation to all complex leasing matters, including retail tenancy dispute matters
acting for Queen Victoria Market in relation to all leasing and licensing matters arising at the Market, including preparing offers of lease, disclosure statements, agreements for lease (for the construction of new premises and for fitout works), leases, licences, renewals, variations and transfers of lease; acting in retail tenancy dispute matters
acting for the landlord in relation to the agreement for lease and lease of a new Masters homemaker store at a Cranbourne Homemakers Centre
acting for the landlord in the development and letting of the retail precinct including an agreement for lease and lease of a Coles Supermarket and Coles Express Shopping centre development located in the South Eastern suburbs of Melbourne
acting for a private commercial property investment manager in relation to their real estate investments in Victoria which includes high volume leasing transactions in CBD buildings, including retail premises
acting for Small Business Victoria in the preparation of a uniform disclosure statement for implementation across all states in Australia, including meeting with stakeholders, reviewing state based legislation and advising Government on implementation
preparing a suite of precedent leases, licences and permits for municipal councils, including Stonnington City Council, Hume City Council and Whitehorse City Council
handling the national leasing for major retailers including Reece, Bardot, Cactus Jam
acting for Murrindindi Shire Council in the preparation and negotiation of temporary town centres in Marysville and Kinglake following the 2009 bushfires
acting in the lease preparation for Visy Care Learning Centre, Meadow Heights and Global Learning Centres in Broadmeadows
advising Victorian Government on lease arrangements with a major new medical research institute to be relocated in the newly developed Parkville Cancer Centre
representing the Department of Treasury and Finance in the lease for redevelopment of North Wharf, one of the largest undeveloped sites with access to the Yarra River within the Melbourne CBD for a mixed use of retail, office and hotel. The land is a mixture of unreserved and reserved Crown land. We advised on the expression of interest process, sat on the panel for review of respondents, and worked with the probity auditor, and advised as to tendering processes.
leases, sub-leases and management structure advise for the Woodend Community Hub
representing the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development in relation to the lease of former school sites for community and education purposes.