Property

Grindal & Patrick has a proven track record of delivering successful outcomes to a wide range of clients from property developers, financiers, landlords, tenants and investors to mums and dads and first home buyers. 

Led by Sam Grindal, we have the expertise and experience to ensure that your needs are met with measured and practical legal advice. By working with you and taking time to understand your objectives, we can provide solutions and achieve results in a cost effective manner.

Our services include:-

  • Acquisitions and sales of commercial and residential property;
  • The subdivision of multi-level off-the-plan apartment projects and broadacre subdivisions;
  • Adverse possession claims, easements and removal of restrictive covenants;
  • Finance arrangements, including loan agreements and mortgages;
  • Building contracts;
  • Retail and commercial leasing (for both landlords and tenants);
  • Acting for a public company in relation to the acquisition of a shopping centre where a major supermarket chain is the anchor tenant;
  • Acting for property funds in relation to the acquisition and sale of agricultural land and CBD property leasing arrangements.

Disputes

Grindal & Patrick has a formidable team of litigators. Ben Patrick and Craig Phillips lead an innovative practice built on two pillars: success and certainty. 

Our approach has three stages:

  1. You tell us your goals and the background to the dispute. 
  2. We advise you of our suggested strategies, the risks, and how much your dispute will cost to resolve. This includes a fixed price for the entire matter from start to finish.
  3. Our team then works to deliver the agreed strategy.

In our experience, this approach will lead to the best possible outcome. Clients have control over the process, minimising the stress of litigation while maximising the chance of a positive result.

We offer dispute resolution services in the following areas:

  • Contractual disputes
  • Building and construction disputes
  • Banking, finance and property
  • ASIC investigations
  • Professional negligence claims
  • Intellectual property
  • Corporations Act compliance
  • Information technology
  • Insurance

Wills & Estates

A well drafted will is the most effective way to ensure your assets are distributed in the manner you wish and your legacy is secure. If you die without one, legislative provisions will determine what is done with your estate. This can result in outcomes that you and particularly your family may not be happy with.

Our team has significant experience in drafting wills.  We work with you to understand your situation and your wishes, and tailor a solution to meet your needs.  As well as drafting the will, our team can review family trusts or business structures, implement testamentary discretionary trusts, or prepare an enduring power of attorney.

We offer services in the following areas:

  • Simple wills
  • Complex will which include testamentary trusts
  • Family discretionary trusts
  • Asset protection planning
  • Superannuation succession planning
  • Drafting and reviewing Enduring Powers of Attorney

Probate and estate administration

In most circumstances before assets of a deceased person can be distributed according to their will, the executor will require a grant of probate or letters of administration. If you are the executor of a Will or administrator of an estate, Grindal & Patrick can assist you in obtaining a grant of probate or letters of administration.  You might then need help in the administration of that estate. We can provide guidance, or we can manage the entire administration process for you.

We offer services in the following areas:

  • Simple and complex grants of probate  
  • Applications for letters of administration  
  • Securing estate assets
  • Recovering debts owed to the estate
  • Preparing administration accounts and records
  • Preparing distribution statements for beneficiaries
  • Transfer of real and personal property
  • Sale of real property

Administrative law & regulation

Grindal & Patrick lawyers have significant experience advising government clients, private individuals and organisations on aspects of administrative law and regulatory matters. Craig Phillips has particular expertise in advising and acting for Commonwealth, State and local government entities about their statutory powers on a range of complex matters.

We can provide advice and representation in the following areas:

  • Privacy and record-keeping
  • Freedom of information
  • Government decision-making and internal reviews
  • Judicial review conducted by Federal and State courts
  • Merits review by government agencies and tribunals
  • Statutory interpretation

Disciplinary inquiries and investigations

Grindal & Patrick also regularly advise clients involved in professional negligence claims before disciplinary inquiries and have experience acting for tribunals and professional bodies involved in the regulation of various professions.

We can assist in conducting fair and thorough investigations across a range of industries and have experience in the conduct of Parliamentary Inquiries and Royal Commissions. We are also familiar with the procedures of various Ombudsmen’s’ investigations and inquiries undertaken by regulatory bodies such as the Legal Services Commissioner and the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner.