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 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;
Franchises;
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 and is currently 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
  • Chair of the Business Law and Corporate Law Committee of the Law Institute of Victoria
  • Law Institute of Victoria Accredited Business Law Specialist (since 2012)

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Roads – What are they and how do you get rid of them

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Adverse Possession- A Guide to Acquiring Land

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Compulsory Acquisition

Are you losing your home or business to the Government?

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Underquoting by Agents: Are you ready for 1 May?

Agents need to get prepared to ensure that they have a compliance process in place to avoid their agency or individual...
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Property & Development / Real Estate Agents

Underquoting by Agents: Are you ready for 1 May?

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Property & Development / Real Estate Agents

Underquoting by Agents: Get Prepared Now or Face Prosecution

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Real Estate Agents be Warned

In a lesson which should be learned by all real estate agents, Consumer Affairs Victoria have put agents in the firing...
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Which side of the fence do you sit on?

We have seen a dramatic increase of property owners in fence and boundary disputes These disputes usually arise in one...
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How to Expand your Business without Adding Financial Risk

Some of the ways include: Distribution agreements where you allow another party to sell your product through pre...
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Sub-leasing snapshot

Normally, a lease is entered into for a specified term which could be for a number of years to come Quite often, the...
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Planning / Property & Developers

Planning Minister puts a limit on CBD apartment tower heights for now

The Controls have been introduced pending the larger review called the Central City Built Form Review which is being...
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Energy Efficiency Disclosure Exemptions from 1 July 2015

Under the Building Energy Efficiency Disclosure Act 2010 (Cth) a prospective purchaser or lessee has the right to...
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