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New book outlines essential elements of compulsory land acquisition in Australia - educating those on both sides of the fence

Media Release 25 October 2017

Compulsory Acquisition – Founding Text Updated

The current push by a number of State Governments and the Commonwealth to provide substantial infrastructure projects has brought the law of compulsory acquisition to public attention. This has resulted in recent criticism of the compulsory acquisition process, changes in the relevant legislation and a number of significant cases considering the application of the legislation.

A new edition of the founding text book “Land Acquisition” has been published by TressCox Lawyers Property Partners’ Gary Newton and Christopher Conolly. The book, originally published in 1972, outlines the principles of one of the more difficult and complex branches of property law. In this 7th Edition Gary and Christopher update the legislation including the recent Land Acquisition (Just Terms Compensation) Amendment Act 2016 (NSW), provide commentary on new developments such as pre-acquisition losses and add references to over 50 new cases across all Australian States and Territories.

Both Gary and Christopher are Accredited Specialists in Property Law with extensive experience in property transactions. Gary advises government authorities, developers and high net worth individuals on a variety of real estate transactions including retail leasing and commercial leasing, both for landlords and tenants, property acquisitions, property developments and sales including residential, commercial, retail and industrial. Christopher’s practice has a focus on development projects for government authorities, Crown Land transactions, infrastructure projects such as wind farms, marinas and regional airports and the acquisition and disposal of government assets.

Gary writes that “a comprehensive update of this text has been provided by systematic analysis to the current legislation in cases” and Christopher comments “the updated text will provide a practical reference useful for all those practicing or interested in the area of compulsory acquisition.”

TressCox Lawyers Executive Chairman Scott Chapman says "This book demonstrates the TressCox Property Team’s expert knowledge and thorough understanding of Property Law. It is a testament to our belief in being proactively supportive of our clients’ needs through education not just being reactive when they require advice.”

For further information on this Media Release please contact:
Sarah Hargrove
Director of Business & Practice Development and People
P. +61 2 9228 9233
F. +61 2 9228 9299
E. Sarah_Hargrove@tresscox.com.au


Land Acquisitions, Contracts and Leasing
- What you need to know? Property Law Seminar

Significant changes have occurred to New South Wales property laws in 2017.  It is important for all of us involved in property transactions to have an understanding of these changes.

This seminar will look at:

  • Compulsory Land Acquisitions – The reform of the Land Acquisition (Just Terms Compensation) Act which commenced on 1 March 2017.
  • Major reforms to the Retail Leases Act in NSW came into effect on 1 July 2017. 
  • 2017 Contract for the Sale and Purchase of Land – Highlighting the changes made in the Conveyancing (Sale of Land) Regulation 2017, which commenced on 1 September 2017.

The seminar will also be the launch of the 7th Edition of the text book “Land Acquisition” by Property Partners Gary Newton and Christopher Conolly. 

Event Details

Date: Wednesday 22 November 2017

RSVP: By Friday 17 November 2017

Click here to register your attendance. We look forward to you joining us for this seminar.


TressCox Lawyers is a highly successful, specialised law firm focused on providing professional legal services to the public and private sectors.  In Australia, TressCox has a very strong presence, currently operating from offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Canberra. The firm has established itself as a leader in the Australian market in the areas of corporate and commercial law, litigation and dispute resolution, insurance, health, government, media and entertainment, building and construction, energy and resources, infrastructure and intellectual property.

Media Release 25 October 2017
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