Areas of Expertise

As Head of Bartier Perry’s Property Group, Melissa has over 15 years’ experience acting for public sector clients, including local councils and statutory authorities. She specialises in advice on leasing, conveyancing and creating easements.

Melissa prides herself on being easy to do business with and her expertise in property law is complemented by a pragmatic negotiating approach. She strives to keep clients’ costs and stress levels down by avoiding protracted and unnecessary disputes. She also believes that the best way to protect her clients’ interests is through plain English drafting.

 

Qualifications/Memberships

  • Bachelor of Arts (University of New South Wales)

  • Bachelor of Laws (University of New South Wales)

  • Member of Law Society of New South Wales

 

A word from Melissa

"By getting to know clients I can help them even when they don’t think they need a lawyer. For instance, picking up risks in leases that wouldn’t usually be obvious. I’m also proud of my ability to work together with my clients to complete projects on time."

 

Career Highlights

  • Advising Sydney Water Corporation on its powers and disclosure obligations under the Sydney Water Act  1994 when disposing of surplus land.

  • Drafting commercial leases for a multinational company to use nationwide.

  • Drafting leases and licenses and successfully negotiating a major lease for Ausgrid land.

  • Acting for Ausgrid on the sale of surplus land, including advising on contamination issues.

  • Acting for Rockdale City Council on the sale of its $48 million Chapel Street development.

 

Specific areas of focus 

  • Property law, particularly for state owned corporations and government clients.

  • Conveyancing

  • Leasing and licensing

  • Subdivision of land and easements