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Our Expertise

Leasing and Licensing

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.

Our expertise

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