Leighton Smith

Clayton Utz
Special Counsel Brisbane

As an experienced property lawyer, Leighton has a considerable advisory and transactional practice, acting for clients often carrying out the most significant acquisitions, disposals and projects in Queensland and across Australia. Leighton frequently acts in the sale, purchase, lease and development of residential, rural, commercial and industrial properties. He adds value to transactions by achieving first-class outcomes based on a clear understanding of the client's business and commercial requirements.

Notable Work
  • Regularly acts for Blackstone on some of Australia's most significant property portfolio transactions.
  • Advised Morgan Stanley on the acquisition of medical facilities and hospital properties in a portfolio-level transaction.
  • Acts for Tasman Environmental Markets (TEM) in relation to the investigation and acquisition of key rural properties across Queensland for establishment of carbon projects. As trusted advisor, we have assisted TEM to establish and follow through with a consistent program of carrying out detailed due diligence in respect of target properties, negotiating sale and leaseback arrangements with owners (in line with carbon project requirements) and completing acquisitions in a timely and cost-effective manner.
  • Advised the Department of State Development, Tourism and Innovation on tenure and property related issues for construction of Queensland's first wind farm. We assisted with implementation of new legislation and a suite of agreements between multiple parties in order for the State to accommodate development of the wind farm over State forest area.
  • Advised the Northern Territory Government on the proposed Sun Cable project including tenure and structuring options associated with the Sun Cable project, which was proposing to develop the Australia-ASEAN Power Link (AAPL), a major energy infrastructure project to supply renewable electricity to Darwin and the ASEAN region.
  • Advised Lendlease in relation to negotiation, documentation and transacting a complex, multi-vendor acquisition for a large residential development site on Brisbane's north side. The project will be well over $1 billion value in residential development over time and adds to the supply of residential housing stock in a key area of Queensland
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