Real Estate: 2021 Year in Review


Our national Real Estate team provides insight on the industry trends and key legislative changes in the sector and highlights the team’s significant transactions for the year. Hear about team movements, recognition and what the team is expecting, looking to the next 12 months.

2021, potentially more so than any other year, has required our national Real Estate team to provide more than exceptional service to our clients for complex matters and transactions but to also be trusted advisors, through good and bad times, building even stronger relationships.

Continuing from last year, the Employment Relations team continue to deal with a new set of issues – navigating new unfair areas. (Placeholder – need quote from Mark)

Mark Askin – Practice Team leader

Continuing from last year, the Employment Relations team continue to deal with a new set of issues – navigating new unfair areas. (Placeholder – need quote from Adam)

Adam Rinaldi – Practice Team Leader

Industry insight

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As we look forward to the coming year we anticipate x, y and z being the issues affecting the area in 2022.

Team movements

Over the last 12 months, a number of new appointments and promotions were made across the real estate team nationally as the firm continues to strengthen our service to clients.

Our Sydney team was joined by Richard Abbott who joined the partnership in May, bringing with him almost 30 years’ experience, as a leader in the real estate sector with experience in the strategic planning, negotiation and delivery of major real estate projects, complex developments and syndicated investment structures.

Long standing team members Jon Dodd and Carlyna Chhen joined the partnership in July 2021.

Jon Dodd now leads the Hospitality, Tourism and Gaming practice in Adelaide with extensive experience advising liquor and hospitality industry clients in respect of liquor licensing and gaming. Carlyna Chhen practices in property law, specialising in commercial property transactions and agribusiness in our Melbourne office.

Lauren Abbott received a promotion to Senior Associate in our Brisbane office after a number of years servicing the firm’s clients.

Significant matters

Throughout the year, we continued to represent and advise our clients in significant transactions across the country. Read more client success stories below.

Maoneng Australia Pty Ltd

Piper Alderman is acting for Chinese renewables company Maoneng on solar, wind and battery renewables projects in New South Wales and Victoria.

Charter Hall Group (ASX:CHC)

Piper Alderman acted for Charter Hall on its divestment of a national portfolio of 8 strategically located automotive dealership assets across 4 different states to Eagers Automotive (ASX: APE) for $105 million.

Growthpoint Properties Australia (ASX:GOZ)

Piper Alderman advised Growthpoint Properties Australia in connection with the grant of an underlease to Australia Post (which will be used to accommodate Australia Post’s parcel delivery and distribution facility) within the Adelaide Airport precinct.

Duxton Group of Companies

Piper Alderman advised Duxton Capital on the acquisition of a 217,000 hectare cattle station in Claraville within the Northern Gulf of Carpentaria region of Queensland which was transacted on a walk-in walk-out basis including livestock and plant and equipment.


Across our national Real Estate practice team we have received a number of individual and team accolades this year. We thank our clients and colleagues for their ongoing support. See the list of recognised lawyers for The Legal 500 Asia Pacific, 2021 edition and The Best Lawyers in Australia, 2022 edition.

Board and Committee positions 

Update with PCA committee positions