Christopher Conolly

Christopher has over 30 years’ experience in all aspects of commercial property law including corporate sales and acquisitions, leases and agreements for lease, project development agreements, subdivisions and options. Christopher’s clients include government departments and authorities, aged care providers, urban and regional developers and corporations.

Christopher’s practice has a particular focus on development projects for government authorities, retirement village and aged care developments, documentation and advice, planning agreements for local councils and developers, property development and subdivision and Infrastructure projects including marinas, regional airports, pipelines and wind farms.

Christopher was selected for inclusion in the Asia Pacific Legal 500 (2011 – 2018) for Real Estate. Christopher has been named in Best Lawyers™ Australia for Retirement Villages and Senior Living Law (2017 – 2020). He is recommended for Health and Aged Care in Doyle’s Guide. Christopher is a Law Society of New South Wales Accredited Specialist in property law.


Christopher’s experience includes advising:

  • TAFE NSW in the acquisition of 7 sites for new regional campuses by purchase and lease including negotiating Terms Sheets and drafting Agreement for Lease and Ground Leases;
  • TfNSW in a subdivision of submerged land with easements for maritime access and protection of the sea walls for the Newcastle Ports Centre. Drafting Section 88B instrument and transfer to Port Authority of NSW;
  • Liverpool City Council in the acquisition of a development site for Civic Place as a land swap for a residential development site. Drafting contract for sale of land and options to purchase land subject to rezoning, subdivision, road closure and remediation;
  • Property NSW in the lease of the majority of the floors in the Zenith Building, Chatswood by lease and variation of lease per floor with provisions for lease incentives and fitout;
  • Northern Beaches Council with strata, property and valuation advice for this operational car park at the Manly National Building including drafting strata by-laws;
  • Andorra Developments on the development and subdivision of the RAAF Stores Depot in Dubbo including purchase by option, off the plan sale contracts and Voluntary Planning Agreement;
  • Catholic Healthcare Limited with the acquisition of aged care development sites in NSW and Victoria including negotiating and drafting Framework Deed, Priority Deed and Option documents with the lawyers for Lendlease Retirement Living; and
  • North Sydney Council as landowner in respect of the land being acquired by the Sydney Metro Project including agreeing Section 29 and Section 30 Agreements for the acquisition of construction compounds and the negotiation of an Interface Agreement regarding the impact of the works on Council assets.

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