Real Estate and Construction

Real Estate and Construction

Real estate matters constitute the cornerstone of our legal practice. We have many years of experience in this field and a deep-seated understanding of property laws and their complexities within the Australian Capital Territory and New South Wales.

Lexmerca Lawyers’ co-founder, John Chamberlain, is an active member of the  ACT Law Society Property Committee, and was its long-time Chair where his role included being:

– on the front-line in relation to prospective and likely changes and advances in property law
– privy to potential issues and problems in property law
– an ad-hoc arbitrator, making determinations where matters of property law are in dispute between practitioners
– responsible for making submissions and representations to government on proposed changes to legislation and practice in property law.

With our experience and far-reaching scope, our clients can rest assured that they will be ahead of the pack when entrusting their property matters into our capable hands.

Our clients include property developers, builders, first-home buyers, families, businesses, commercial and residential landlords and tenants, and government departments.

Real Estate and Construction

Acquisitions and Disposals

We help our clients get the most from their purchase or sale of property — it’s that simple. Our experienced team keeps abreast of market and legal developments and is well-equipped to advise clients in acquisition and disposal matters.

Our clients include property companies, property developers, individuals and families, large corporations, local and overseas investors, and government.


We are experienced in representing clients from all facets of construction projects, including: builders, developers, land owners, and government bodies. Our areas of expertise include:

– site acquisition
– project planning and financing
– contract drafting
– contract administration
– claims resolution
– dispute resolution

Environmental Planning

Over the years we’ve seen environmental planning become a hotly-contested political and social issue. To help combat any disruptions to clients’ projects that can often arise from environmental-planning matters, we keep abreast of changes in legislation and the Territory Plan to ensure our clients always receive the most up-to-date advice.

We are experienced in the complex calculations involved in calculating lease variation charge for codified and non-codified variations. Our range of expertise in this area includes advising property developers and government entities in the fields of water, waste and urban services.

Leasing and Licensing

Leasing and licensing are core functions of our work, which see us combining our legal experience with sound business judgement in such a way that best serves the needs of our clients. Irrespective of the size or value of the deal, we approach each transaction with an attention to the interests, goals and needs of our clients.

Property Taxes

You needn’t pay more taxes than you ought to — we have a comprehensive understanding of the property industry, coupled with the technical knowledge to ensure that we’re well equipped to represent you in structuring complex real estate transactions.