Experience

  • MV has undertaken ACT Government conveyancing for the Suburban Land Agency (formerly known as the Land Development Agency) since 2009.
  • Recent experience includes managing the Builder’s Ballot and Affordable Housing tender for Moncrieff, managing the sale by public auction of blocks in Taylor, and managing the tender for superlots in Throsby.
  • MV undertakes conveyancing for the ACT Commissioner for Social Housing and the Public Housing Renewal Taskforce.
  • MV manages the Asbestos Response Taskforce’s (Mr Fluffy) buy-back program and public auction sales of remediated lots.
  • MV acts on approximately 4000 property transactions each year, including large and high-profile sites both in the ACT and elsewhere.
  • Glass v ACT Planning and Land Authority & Goodwin Aged Care Services [2016] ACAT 96 – we acted for Goodwin in relation to a challenge made by a neighbouring resident to Goodwin’s proposal to radically redevelop its large ILU and RACF site in Farrer, ACT. Although the neighbour’s challenge (primarily related to bulk and scale) was originally upheld by the Tribunal requiring resubmission of plans, we subsequently successfully sought rectification of the Tribunal’s decision (without the necessity for a full Supreme Court Appeal) to allow the development to proceed with relatively minor amendments and without a new DA and public notification process.  The neighbour’s subsequent Supreme Court Appeal was defeated at an early stage.
  • Noah’s Ark Resource Centre Incorporated v ACT Planning and Land Authority & Nikdia Hume Pty Ltd  [2017] ACAT 44– we represented the developer of a proposed new childcare centre at the Rivett shopping centre to successfully defeat an application for review lodged by a nearby childcare centre.
  • Konstantinou Developments Pty Ltd v ACTPLA [2017] ACAT 38 – we represented the developer of a proposed child care facility in Mitchell, ACT in relation to ACTPLA’s refusal of the DA on the basis of site suitability in a light industrial zone.  Our client was wholly successful.
  • Alisa Taylor has won a number of awards for her specialist construction expertise, including the Master Builders Association (ACT) Professional of the Year (2017), Brooking Prize (Student – 2016), and Society of Construction Law Award for Construction Law (2013). She lectures Construction Law at the University of Canberra, and teaches contract law to building students at the Canberra Institute of Technology.  She has provided training courses to the Master Builders Association and Housing Institute of Australia, and bespoke training packages to clients.
  • Security of payment: Acted for Pakistan in relation to a dispute with the head contractor of its new Embassy premises to achieve a stay of enforcement of a spurious security of payment claim in a dispute that spanned three jurisdictions (ACT, NSW & Qld) and resulted in numerous published decisions: In the matter of Denham Constructions Pty Ltd [2016] NSWSC 567; Denham Constructions Pty Ltd v Islamic Republic of Pakistan [2016] ACTSC 67; Denham Constructions Pty Ltd v Islamic Republic of Pakistan [2016] ACTSC 215; Denham Constructions Pty Ltd v Islamic Republic of Pakistan (No 3) [2016] ACTSC 249; Denham Constructions Pty Ltd v Islamic Republic of Pakistan (No 4) [2016] ACTSC 288. Acted for a head contractor to wholly defeat a claim for payment by a subcontractor, with costs: Creative Building Services Pty Ltd v TIO Air Conditioning Pty Ltd [2016] ACTSC 367. Acted for a construction manager to pursue the principal in the Federal Court for unpaid payment claims (successfully settled prior to hearing).
  • Defects disputes: advised the head contractor on numerous Commonwealth and ACT government projects in relation to defects and delays caused by subcontractors, including on national institutions, schools, hospitals and infrastructure projects.  Advised developers and head contractors in relation to defect disputes for large apartment developments.
  • Munitions contamination: advised the head contractor on the tender for, as well as contractual issues concerning, munitions destruction/decontamination projects at Columboola and RAAF Base Williamtown.
  • Flora & fauna: advised a developer of land within the Parliamentary Triangle on its obligations in relation to the protected golden sun moth habitat on the land.
  • Asbestos: advice on numerous projects involving asbestos, including delay / variation issues resulting from friable asbestos finds in demolition of public housing stock, as well as advising liquidators appointed to an asbestos removal company on statutory obligations when dealing with land and assets contaminated with asbestos.
  • Acted for a number of owners corporations to negotiate defect rectification outcomes with builders.
  • Acted for individual unit owners to force owners corporations to attend to substantial maintenance issues.
  • Acquisitions of new sites for construction of ILUs / RACFs.
  • Preparation of tailored construction agreements for the construction of new ILUs / RACF buildings, including early works / design phase contracts, integrated design & construction contracts, construct only contracts, and construction management agreements.
  • Drafting contracts between retirement village operators and residents, including necessary disclosure documents.
  • Acting in disputes between residents and retirement village operators.
  • Providing independent legal advice to the residents of Anglicare regarding Anglicare’s proposed divestment of retirement and aged care facilities in Curtin and Page, ACT.
  • Represented owners of a petrol site in the ACT in pursuing Caltex for breach of decontamination obligations under the site lease. Also represented owners of a petrol site in NSW Supreme Court proceedings with Caltex about cost and scope of decontamination issues under the site lease (matter settled at mediation).
  • Acting on new leases, lease renewals, surrenders and terminations for the owners of various ACT and NSW shopping centres including Marketplace Raymond Terrace (Raymond Terrace, NSW), The Summer Centre (Orange, NSW), Fyshwick Markets (Fyshwick, ACT), Casey Market Town (Casey, ACT), HomeBase Campbelltown (Campbelltown, NSW), Crace Central (Crace, ACT) and Tuggeranong Hyperdome (Tuggeranong, ACT).
  • Advising landlords on strategy and documentation for redevelopment of leased sites including Hockey ACT (redevelopment of Lyneham and Tuggeranong facilities), Tennis ACT (redevelopment of Lyneham facilities) and Tuggeranong Hyperdome.
  • Preparing suites of leasing documents such as agreements for lease, incentive deeds, fitout deeds, deeds of assignment, surrender deeds, and guarantees.