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:
Structuring advice;
Documenting shareholder, unitholder, joint venture and partnership relationships;
Option deeds;
Development agreements;

Project Management Agreements;
VCAT planning permit applications;
Title issues;
Plans of Subdivision issues;
Loan facilities, mortgages and security interests on the Personal Property Securities Act Register;
Restrictive covenant issues;
Easement issues;
Caveat 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;


Compulsory acquisition

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:
Structuring advice;
Corporate governance;
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.

The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing
- Walt Disney

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

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Property & Development / Developments

Developers Beware: Stamp Duty Soon to be Payable on Development Agreements

Developers need to be aware of this Act as stamp duty will now, in most cases, be payable on what has been...
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Adverse Possession / Planning

Paving the way to land ownership: How to claim adverse possession without fences

There are three main requirements for an adverse possession claim which are as follows: Actual Possession – You will...
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Compulsory Acquisition / Planning

Loss of Properties under North East Link Imminent

The current North East Link project intends to have the following effect on businesses and landowners according to the...
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Business Law / Leasing & Lease Disputes / Real Estate Agents

Retail Leases Update for Agents and Landlords

Pursuant to Section 15 of the Retail Leases Act 2003 (Vic), as soon as a landlord enters into negotiations with a...
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Business Law / Real Estate Agents

Underquoting Agent cops $720,000 fine

What was the case about The case involved 20 breaches of the Australian Consumer Law for underquoting The Agency had...
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Property & Development / Real Estate Agents

Unprofessional estate agents need not read this.

Apart from re-arranging some sections, estate agents have additional obligations of professional conduct They include:...
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Real Estate Agents

Selling a small business? Don’t get caught out with the new law changes

Prior to the law change, a small business was defined as one with a sale price under $350,000 The new regulations...
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Property & Development / Developments / Owners Corporations & Strata

Landlords – Make sure you get paid!

So what are the tips to get paid Make sure your lease is valid Has there been a renewal since the lease was entered...
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Real Estate Agents / Property & Development

ESTATE AGENT UPDATE – Agents breathe a sigh of relief

A recent case in the Victorian Court of Appeal in Advisory Services Pty Ltd v Augustin held that certain rebate...
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Business Law / Commercial Contracts & Agreements / Small to Medium Enterprises

Insolvent Parties – Be Careful of Terminating Contracts

From 1 July 2018 (or earlier if the date is moved forward), the Treasury Laws Amendment (2017 Enterprise Incentives No...
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Adverse Possession

Adverse Possession – How to Defend a Claim

TLFC Principal and Business Law Specialist, Phillip Leaman shares his expertise on Adverse Possession in an article...
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Leasing & Lease Disputes

Case Law Update: Retail Leases – Is your Lease In or Out of the Act?

A recent Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal case of William Buck (Vic) Pty Ltd v Motta Holdings Pty Ltd (2018)...
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