Christopher Conolly

Christopher has extensive 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, and was named for Land Use and Zoning in 2013-2016 editions. 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:

  • 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;
  • Assisting 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;
  • Sydney Water on the disposal of Thornleigh Reservoir site for $21,000,000 with the sale subject to subdivision and creation of easements for water, access and telecommunications;
  • TAFE NSW on the disposal of a suite of regional commercial and development sites in 2017 and 2018;
  • Crown Lands on the $2 billion Silverton Wind Farm Project including drafting new “parallel leases”, consent deeds and licences and continuing work with assignment of the leases, and the grant of transmission line easements over Crown land;
  • RMS on a Maritime Facilities Deed and Channel User Licence Agreement for Port Botany, Port Kembla in 2013 and Newcastle Port in 2014 as part of documentation for the refinancing of these ports by the NSW Government. Ongoing advice and assistance including drafting easements for the port operations; and
  • Southlands Developments on a residential subdivision project in Dubbo including staged acquisition by Subdivision and Option Deed, subdivision structure advice and acquiring drainage easements over the adjoining land.

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