Areas of Expertise

Kristie is a property lawyer with 10 years post-admission experience acting for public and private sector clients in New South Wales.  

Kristie started her career in a litigation role, with 4 years public sector experience working at the NSW Crown Solicitor’s Office. She then moved to a transactional role, managing a high volume leasing practice for one of Australia’s most preeminent shopping centre developers.

At Bartier Perry, Kristie maintains a strong focus on drafting, reviewing and providing advice on all aspects of retail, commercial, industrial and residential leasing matters, acting for both landlords and tenants. She also provides legal services in other areas of property law such as compulsory acquisitions and easements, as well as advising on more general property law matters for her clients.

Kristie acts for a variety of clients, including local councils and state owned corporations, private individuals, large and small public and private companies, and charity and not-for-profit organisations, and is conscious of the complex challenges facing each of them when dealing with real estate opportunities and disputes.

Whilst her outstanding attention to detail and knowledge of the law drives her to get the job done right, Kristie also aims to provide her clients with commercial and practical solutions.

 

Qualifications/Memberships

  • Bachelor of Business, Bachelor of Laws (WSU)

 

A word from Kristie

I am always keen to deliver the best possible results for my clients.  I draw on my varied work experience and the array of clients I have helped over the years, and try to put myself in my client’s shoes to really understand what is most important to them when completing a property transaction. I am aware that the manner in which a property transaction is completed can set the tone for the remainder of the relationship between the parties, which often lasts many years.

I draft documents in a considered but fair way, to balance the need to protect my client’s interest with the need to avoid unnecessary negotiations (and therefore additional costs and delay). I provide clients with thorough and technical advice, that is easily understood and considered from a practical and commercial perspective.

Securing a suitable premises is often the most crucial factor when establishing and maintaining a successful business. But a lease is an onerous and complex document, with hidden risks involved for both landlords and tenants. I enjoy helping clients understand and mitigate those risks, to ensure that the deal they enter into is the one that they intended and one that they will be happy with for the duration of their occupation.

 

Career highlights

  • For over 5 years, Kristie has helped Sydney Harbour Federation Trust to manage all aspects of its leasing portfolio as landlord of various heritage sites throughout Sydney. This longstanding relationship means Kristie adds value through corporate knowledge of the client’s requirements.

  • Helping several tenants manage their leasing portfolios, including advising on and negotiating lease documents in a bid to ensure consistency of terms across various sites. This minimises compliance costs and risks, and increases the likelihood that the tenant’s business model, cost base and policies and procedures may be applied consistently across all of its sites.

  • Acting for landlords and tenants in retail, commercial, industrial and residential leasing and licensing (including leasing community land in accordance with the plan of management). Drafting and advising on all leasing documents such as leases, subleases, agreements for lease, transfers/assignments, surrenders, variations, requests and various deeds and ancillary documents and arranging certification, execution, stamping and registration of documents.

  • Acting for state owned corporations in the compulsory acquisition of land and easements from private landowners and involving Crown land. Kristie has managed the complete process, including preparing and issuing PANs, obtaining Minister’s consent, lodging the required notifications at Land & Property Information, liaising with the Valuer-General’s office, obtaining Governor’s approval, arranging gazettal, preparing and issuing compensation notices and the payment of compensation.

  • Acting for state owned corporations to secure tenure for their infrastructure, including leasing, licensing and easements.

  • Completing commercial and residential conveyancing matters for various public and private clients, including mortgagees exercising their power of sale.

 

Specific areas of focus

  • Retail leasing in all Australian jurisdictions

  • All aspects of leasing, including disputes

  • Compulsory acquisitions

  • Easements