Will Webster's strong practical focus and a clear understanding of his clients' commercial goals have made him a highly regarded adviser to developers, property investors, mining and energy companies and government clients involved in complex property transactions.

Will brings clients a timely, cost-effective and no-nonsense approach to all matters he is involved in. He's skilled in acquisitions and disposals, leasing projects (both retail and commercial) and due diligence reviews acting for both purchasers and vendors.

From his background in planning and development law, Will has also gained particular expertise in development agreements and the interface of property and planning laws generally. This enables Will to offer a full service of property acquisition, disposal and development advice to his clients.

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Commercial premises

Will advised Charter Hall in the due diligence, acquisition and leaseback of major commercial premises north of Brisbane, including due diligence and preparation of a put and call option agreement, contract of sale and long term lease. The transaction settled in April 2014.

Property development

Will has long standing relationships with a number of national and Queensland based developers, construction companies and property owners including ASF Group, Mirvac, Westfield / Scentre Group, Graystone Group and BP Australia. He has advised on numerous property acquisitions and developments including in Brisbane, Toowoomba, Southport, Surfers Paradise and Hope Island. Among other things Will has drafted development agreements, land swap agreements and easement agreements on behalf of his clients, interfacing with town planners, engineers, surveyors and architects.

Forestry assets

Will advised New Forests in its acquisitions and sales of property throughout Australia, including major due diligence for the purchase of a national portfolio of forestry estates in 2014. He also acts for New Forests in relation to the sale of surplus forestry assets in Queensland.
State Government

Will acted for Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads in relation to numerous acquisitions and disposals of land including:

  • Gold Coast Rapid Transit Project: Will negotiated and settled the Pimpama lay down area lease.
  • Mary Valley land acquisitions for the Bruce Highway: Will worked on the novation of the 2009 Agreement to Dedicate Road from Queensland Water Infrastructure to the Coordinator General, and prepared new template road dedication and land purchase agreements.
  • Pumicestone Interchange: Will advised on the acquisition and leaseback of the Caltex and M1 Motel sites.
  • Austral Bricks land swap: Will drafted the complex land swap agreement providing for boundary realignments, new access arrangements and the resumption of mining interests at the brickworks site at Rochedale.

Will also regularly acts for Department of Environment and Heritage Protection on its acquisitions and disposals of land, particularly the acquisition of grazing properties for conservation purposes.

Leasing

Will has advised many major tenants and landlords, including Westfield, Fleetwood Corporation, Graystone Group, Pacific Equity Partners, New Forests, McConnell Dowell, Department of Transport and Main Roads and Brisbane City Council. Will recently acted for Thomson Reuters Australia in the negotiation of leasing arrangements for its new headquarters in Sydney. The lease was signed in June 2014 and will commence after fitout of the premises, due to be completed in early 2015.

Mergers and acquisitions

Will advised Hastings Deering in relation to all property matters associated with its purchase of the Bucyrus distribution business in Queensland in 2011/2012, part of the wider $8 billion purchase of Bucyrus globally by Caterpillar Group.

Mining projects

Will advised Vale Australia in its purchase of Broadlea Station, and Adani Mining in its purchase of Moray Downs.

Administrators

Will acted for the administrators of the failed Ark Fund and Rewards Group managed investment schemes in their sale of Queensland forestry and horticulture properties.

Agribusiness

Will acted for the Queensland Department of Environment and Resource Management when it acquired grazing properties in North Queensland for conservation purposes.

South Australia

For many years, Will acted for developers and local councils including the City of Holdfast Bay, the City of Mount Gambier and the District Council of Robe providing planning and property development advice. He has acted as counsel in numerous planning appeals including before the full bench of the Environment Court of South Australia.

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