Madgwicks’ leasing team is a leader in providing retail and commercial leasing support, with an in-depth knowledge of property law with a solid understanding of the commercial realities and strategies in retail and commercial leasing.

We can assist you with advice, negotiations and preparation of retail and commercial leases and associated transactions, as well as handling subleasing agreements, licenses and other types of documentation that relate to retail, office, industrial, specialist residential and hospitality sectors. We also provide alternative dispute resolution or litigation services to lessor and lessees needing to terminate a lease should a party default or fail to meet their obligations.


  • lease negotiations
  • agreements to lease
  • assignments of lease
  • surrenders of lease
  • renewal and variations of lease
  • leases/licences relating to local government
  • advising on national retail tenancies legislation
  • leasing of commercial premises including shopping centres, industrial premises, small scale premises, offices, and mixed use strata buildings
  • sub-leases and licences including car parks, storage, postal and outdoor seating licenses

Our Experts

James practices in the areas of commercial property and leasing, property development and commercial law with particular specialisations in developments, property syndications/structuring, leasing, property litigation and joint ventures and other commercial agreements.

Joe Katz

Joe is a trusted advisor to his network of property developers and investors, shopping centre and other high profile leased premises owners and tenants.

Chris Vlahos

Special Counsel
Chris is an experienced and commercially astute property lawyer with hands on experience in property development, advising on transactions, contracts and leasing.

Mark Gomez

Mark practices in the areas of commercial property and leasing, property development and commercial law.
Madelaine brings considerable experience to Madgwicks, having worked for many years in conveyancing roles managing property transactions across the regional and metropolitan Melbourne areas.

Thought Leadership & Past Experiences

Valuer and retail leases update: Qualifications of a valuer

In Australian Fast Foods Pty Ltd v Kameel Pty Ltd [2021] VCAT 921, VCAT determined that a Valuer nominated by the VSBC as a specialist retail valuer, is a specialist retail valuer and it is up to the party challenging...
19 August, 2021

Valuer and Retail Leases Update: Lease or Licence?

In Brief Whether a document is a lease or licence, will depend on a review of the document. If drafted appropriately, a document that purports to be a licence should in fact be a licence. If a licence is terminated...
23 June, 2021

Valuer and Retail Leases Update: COVID-19 Update

In Brief What you need to know For landlords, do not seek to terminate a lease without legal advice. If a landlord wrongfully terminates a lease for non-payment of rent last year, the landlord could be liable for damages representing...
21 May, 2021