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Will Grinter

Partner
+61.3.9640.4411
Fax +61.3.9205.2055

Mr. Grinter is a leading real estate lawyer and is ranked amongst The Best Lawyers in Australia for Real Property Law. He advises clients on all aspects of real estate transactions including real estate development, sales, acquisitions and leasing. Mr. Grinter has particular experience advising in connection with:

  • joint venture and development structuring arrangements for major projects 
  • development advice including off the plan sales and owners corporation arrangements 
  • distressed real estate, including mortgagee and receiver sales 
  • health, aged care and retirement living developments 
  • transactions in primary production land and water entitlements 
  • infrastructure projects including wind and solar energy facilities 
  • retail, commercial, industrial and telecommunications leasing.

Mr. Grinter is also an experienced planning lawyer and regularly advises clients in relation to planning matters, including planning appeals in the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal.

Mr Grinter is valued by his clients for his ability to navigate complex transactions and achieve great commercial outcomes for clients.

Professional Background

In addition to his experience in Australia, Mr. Grinter has worked at a major international law firm in Dubai where he was involved in many of the largest development and infrastructure projects in the Middle East.

Achievements

  • Listed in 2018 Best Lawyers (Australia) for Real Property Law.

Speaking Engagements

  • K&L Gates National Leasing Seminar Series (Part 1 and 2), August and October 2016
  • Leo Cussen Property Law Conference – Joint Venture Agreements with Land Owners, October 2016

Real estate development

  • Acting for leading developers including Hamton, Icon Co and SMA Projects in respect of the acquisition and development of landmark projects in inner Melbourne, including off the plan sales and pre-leasing. 
  • Drafting and negotiating complex joint venture and development agreements in respect of major projects, including long term, mixed use developments to be carried out on a staged basis and unincorporated joint venture arrangements with existing land owners. 
  • Advising in connection with owners corporation issues, including disputes between owners corporations and developers.

Sales and leasing

  • Advising in connection with the acquisition and disposition of significant real estate assets including CBD office buildings, shopping centres and major development sites. 
  • Advising in connection with the turnkey development and leasing of major industrial, commercial and logistics facilities in Melbourne including waste handling facilities, container handling and other port facilities, cold storage facilities and other bespoke developments. 
  • Negotiating significant CBD commercial leasing transactions on behalf of landlords and tenants. 
  • Acting for municipal councils in connection with the sale and leasing of Council land, including complex transactions concerning aged care and affordable housing developments.

Mortgagee and receiver sales

  • Acting for major banks including NAB, Westpac, Commonwealth Bank of Australia and Bendigo and Adelaide Bank in connection with the mortgagee sale of commercial, industrial and primary production land. 
  • Advising insolvency practitioners in connection with the receiver sale or liquidation of real estate assets including partially completed developments.

Health, aged care and retirement living

  • Advising in connection with the Innovative Care portfolio sale of aged care facilities in various Australian jurisdictions to Bupa. 
  • Acting for Japara Healthcare in relation to the acquisition of aged care portfolios in Victoria and South Australia. 
  • Acting for Alfred Health in connection with the redevelopment of the Caulfield residential aged care village, including advising in connection with long term Crown leasing arrangements.

Agribusiness

  • Acting for Hancock Natural Resource Group in connection with the acquisition of substantial rural land and water assets in Victoria, South Australia and New South Wales. 
  • Advising First Australian Farmland in connection with the acquisition and disposition of primary production land and water entitlements. 
  • Acting for vendors and purchasers of substantial vineyard assets in Victoria and Tasmania. 
  • Advising on all aspects of water law, including dealings in water entitlements and the negotiation of easements.

Planning

  • Acting for Vodafone Hutchison Australia Pty Ltd and Crown Castle Australia Pty Ltd in planning matters for telecommunications facilities, including planning appeals in the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal. 
  • Advising Wind Farm Developments Pty Ltd in connection with wind energy projects in Victoria and New South Wales, including planning appeals and litigation. 
  • Advising in connection with planning enforcement proceedings and disputes in connection with existing use rights.