Peter is an accredited specialist in property law with more than 35 years’ experience in the acquisition, development, sale, and leasing of commercial, industrial and retail properties, and major property development and infrastructure projects.
Peter advises clients on environment issues relating to the transfer and leasing of properties, with a particular focus on contaminated land, as well as the planning requirements and consent process necessary for the redevelopment of commercial, industrial, and retail properties. Peter has advised on dealings with Crown Land including numerous sublease development and lease assignment issues.
Peter’s clients primarily operate in the petroleum downstream industry, and the industrial property industry.
Peter is a Notary Public, and is a member of several industry based associations, including the Australasian Land & Groundwater Association.
Recent experience includes:
- Acted for ExxonMobil for over 30 years in relation to the acquisition, development, leasing, management, and divestment of a chain of service stations and depots located throughout NSW and the ACT.
- Acted for Amalgamated Holdings in the acquisition of the historic Gowings Building on the corner of George and Market Streets, Sydney. The acquisition involved dealing with numerous tenancies, heritage issues and heritage floor space rights. The building was subsequently developed into a boutique CBD hotel.
- Acted for ExxonMobil in relation to the divestment of its petroleum depot at Grand Avenue, Camellia valued in excess of A$10 million. This was a unique transaction in that Peter and his team were successful in convincing the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) to release Mobil from its obligations under an existing Voluntary Management Proposal (VMP) on the basis that the purchaser of the property would enter into a new VMP with the EPA, and thus give ExxonMobil an indemnity against all future environmental liability.
- Acted for Reckitt Benckiser (Australia) Pty Ltd in relation to the investigation and subsequent remediation of its 14 hectare industrial manufacturing site at West Ryde. This included drafting a Contract for Sale, and establishment of a Data Room for the sale of the property for ongoing commercial purposes at an expected sale price exceeding A$50 million.