The property, planning and construction law experts

Blackstone Waterhouse is an Australian law firm with offices in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne, specialising in construction, property and planning law. Our focus is your successful project delivery. We combine the legal skills and intellectual rigour of a top-tier firm with the accessibility of a boutique practice. Our clients include international and domestic developers, contractors and major corporates. We have advised on some of Australia’s largest projects.

Connecting sharp focus with broad thinking

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Experience and Innovation

Our Promise

We make it our mission to understand the construction, property and planning industries like no other. That’s why we speak your language, not legalese. We always deliver on time and on budget. We value relationships and pride ourselves on assisting with your successful project delivery.

Our Work

We always start by working with you to understand your commercial drivers. Then we use our legal skills to deliver on your commercial goals rather than pursuing esoteric points of law (unless this would advance your position). We start with the end in mind – and maintain that focus throughout the project lifecycle.

Our Clients

We advise property developers, contractors and major corporates on every stage of project delivery. Our clients value our commercial, relationship-based approach to legal advice. Of course we have a passion for the law, but we appreciate our clients are usually more interested in outcomes.

Practice areas

Connecting breadth of experience with agile thinking

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Real Estate and Development

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Environment and Planning

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Construction and Infrastructure

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General Counsel Services

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News and Updates

Rise of the Super Lots: Developer Fighting Back in Special Leave Application to the High Court

For almost 40 years, the ‘True Rule’ in Codelfa has provided that a Court cannot look outside the plain wording of a contract unless it first finds some ambiguity in the drafting of an agreement. Blackstone Waterhouse is acting for a major developer in a special leave application to the High Court on 22 March 2019 in respect this fundamental principle of contract law. If leave is granted, the proceedings will impact all parties to commercial contracts. Watch this space!

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A New Partner for the New Year – Renowned commercial litigator joins the Blackstone Waterhouse team

David Armstrong joins us in February 2019 to bolster our Construction & Infrastructure Group and major project dispute resolution capability and lead our insolvency and finance service offering across the firm’s clientele in planning, property and construction.

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Power to the Purchaser. Vendors: Are You Ready?

The Conveyancing Legislation Amendment Bill 2018 (Bill) was assented in November 2018 to provide added protection for purchasers by clamping down on the ability of vendors to make changes to key documents after exchange of off-the-plan (OTP) contracts.

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Giving back to the Industry – Appointments to the UDIA Planning and Land Committees

Blackstone Waterhouse is proud to announce the appointment of Danny Arraj, Managing Partner, to both the Planning Committee and the Land Committee of the Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA NSW).

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What Our Clients Say About Us

‘Danny is our ‘go to’ for major project disputes. He has been an exceptional advocate for our company and has cemented this through his work for MCJV on the APLNG and QCLNG Projects. Danny is able to distil complex issues into clear and concise advice. He has quickly become an integral support to our Australian operations.’

Antoine Hayek, Director and Operations Manager, Consolidated Contracting Company Australia Pty Ltd