Phillip Leaman is a versatile commercial and property lawyer with excellent drafting and negotiating skills. Possessing a sound understanding of the business issues facing his clients, he is committed to providing commercially focused legal advice and high level service.
Phillip Leaman has been recognised on the Best Lawyers List for 2019/2020 in the category of Real Property Law. Find the full list here.
Phillip knows that his clients want to get the deal done and start making money, and takes a strategic approach to ensure an effective and expeditious outcome. He provides easy to read, straight forward commercial documents.
Phillip Leaman is an Accredited Business Law Specialist and has extensive expert knowledge and experience in:
Acting for property developers on:
Documenting shareholder, unitholder, joint venture and partnership relationships;
Project Management Agreements;
VCAT planning permit applications;
Plans of Subdivision issues;
Loan facilities, mortgages and security interests on the Personal Property Securities Act Register;
Restrictive covenant issues;
Service provider agreements;
Adverse possession and fence disputes;
Phillip Leaman acted for the successful party in the leading adverse possession case in Victoria Abbatangelo v Whittlesea City Council and has been involved in a substantial number of claims (acting on both sides of the fence) and claims at Land Use Victoria, Magistrates’ Court, County Court, Supreme Court and Court of Appeal;
Phillip Leaman has acted for a substantial amount of compulsory acquisition matters on projects such as East West Link, Level Crossing Removal Project, Sky rail, Melbourne Metro Rail Project, Dandenong to Caulfield Voluntary Purchase Scheme, council acquisitions for public open space and other projects.
Advising clients who own small and large businesses (including property developers and property owners) on:
Documenting shareholder, unitholder, joint venture and partnership relationships
Sale and purchase of businesses, partnerships, companies and trusts;
Shareholder and unitholder disputes;
Distribution and licensing arrangements;
Leases, transfers and lease disputes;
Loan facilities and security interests on the Personal Property Securities Act Register;
Employee issues and employment agreements;
Copyright, Trade Marks and IP Licensing;
Trading terms and credit applications;
Prize and competition terms and conditions;
Advising real estate agents. See our full list of real estate agent services.
Phillip Leaman has been an active member of Scouting for over 15 years as a leader. He is a Queens Scout and Baden Powell Awardee and was an Assistant Scout Leader of the 1st Hoppers Crossing Scout Troop and a member of the Victorian branch Air Activities Team. Phillip’s other interests include scuba diving, golf, flying light aircraft and he has obtained his private pilot’s licence.
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Qualifications & Industry Memberships
- Bachelor of Commerce- Major in Economic Commerce Management (Deakin)
- Bachelor of Laws (Hons) (Deakin)
- Member of Law Institute of Victoria
- Chair of the Law Institute of Victoria Accredited Specialisation Advisory Committee for Business Law Specialisation
- Former chair of the Business Law and Corporate Law Committee of the Law Institute of Victoria and current member
- Law Institute of Victoria Accredited Business Law Specialist (since 2012)
- Selected for Real Property Law, Best Lawyers List 2019/2020