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Melanie Howard

Senior Associate (admitted in England and Wales)

T. +61 2 9279 0288

Melanie is a Senior Associate in our Real Estate & Development team. She has experience in a range of transactional matters including sales and acquisitions of commercial, residential and retail premises and development projects. These transactions have included portfolio sales and joint venture agreements. Melanie also has experience in leasing, having previously acted on behalf of both landlords and tenants and has a comprehensive knowledge of the Retail Leases Act. Melanie’s clients have included both institutional and private investors, REITs and domestic and foreign developers.

Prior to joining the firm, Melanie trained and worked in a large international law firm in London and a top-tier Australian law firm.


  • Acted on behalf of a retail manufacturer and distributor in the cross-jurisdictional sale and leaseback of a large distribution warehouse in Queensland.
  • Advised a foreign developer in connection with its application for Foreign Investment Review Board approval for the acquisition of a portfolio of land in North Sydney.
  • Acted on behalf of a landlord in the management of a major retail shopping centre in Baulkham Hills.
  • Acted on behalf of an Australian development and investment company in the negotiation of over 300 options to purchase residential properties in Macquarie Park.


  • Legal Practice Course (BPP Holborn, London)
  • Law (LLB Hons) (Kings College London)