Emily Masters

Emily Masters

Emily Masters is a key member of the highly regarded KWM Real Estate practice, rated ‘one of the best in the market’ by Chambers Asia Pacific.

She has diverse experience in complex real estate projects and developments and large scale sales and acquisitions. She is a trusted advisor to some of the key players in the Australian real estate industry, including institutional and private investors, listed property trusts and developers and financiers of real estate and infrastructure projects. She has also advised offshore participants on their first forays into the Australian real estate market.

Emily has advised on development, subdivision and leasing arrangements for numerous office, residential and retail developments across Australia. She also regularly provides strategic advice on titling issues, structuring arrangements and risk allocation on real estate and infrastructure projects across Australia.

She has been recognised as a “Rising Star” in Euromoney’s LMG Rising Stars guide, and in Best Lawyers as one Australia’s best property lawyers.

Recent Matters

  • Real estate acquisitions and disposals – advising on high value transactions of commercial, retail, industrial and residential property, including the purchase and subsequent sale of Waterfront Place in Brisbane, several acquisitions and disposals of large shopping centres for Vicinity Centres, and the sale of Stockland’s The Grove residential project in Melbourne.
  • Commercial developments – structuring complex development and anchor leasing arrangements for landmark CBD office projects, including on Grocon’s development of 480 Queen Street, Brisbane and 161 Castlereagh Street, Sydney and the development of the Wesley Church site in Melbourne.
  • Residential developments – advising on large scale residential projects, including one of the largest purchases of residential land in Melbourne’s history, the Alphington Mill site, and its proposed development into a mini-suburb of 2,500 dwellings.
  • Infrastructure projects – advising infrastructure operators, primarily in airports, ports and logistics assets, on structuring tenure arrangements and implementing developments.
  • Joint ventures – structuring and advising on the implementation of joint ventures in the real estate sector, including a joint venture between Coles and ISPT for a 19-strong national shopping centre portfolio worth approximately $500 million.


Legal insights

On 29 September 2020, the Governor in Council made the COVID-19 Omnibus Miscellaneous Amendments Regulations 2020, extending and amending the rent and enforcement relief scheme provided since 29...

22 October 2020

South Australia has recently joined New South Wales, Victoria and the ACT in enacting Regulations to give effect to the National Cabinet Mandatory Code of Conduct – SME Commercial Leasing Principles...

25 May 2020

Contributions to this article were made by Simone Menz, Emily Masters, Chris Wheeler, Francesca Giorlando and Julia Nikolic. Regulations to implement the National...

04 May 2020

Sale and leaseback deals are an attractive way for institutional investors to obtain exposure to the agricultural sector but there are common issues that need to be carefully considered.

27 September 2017

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