Donna delivers expert legal advice to owners, operators and developers of retirement villages in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland including the preparation of resident contracts, compliance and dispute resolution advice. Donna also has experience in residential and commercial property transactions, subdivisions and drafting various types of commercial agreements. Donna was recognised by Best Lawyers 2013 - 2019 for expertise in Retirement Villages and Senior Living Law.
Acting on behalf of vendors and purchasers in respect of the sale and acquisition of residential and commercial property
Seconded to Lendlease Retirement Living (LLRL) for a period of 19 months to provide in-house legal advice relating to LLRL's contract standardisation project and assisting with the redrafting of various contracts within the Lendlease villages and re-contracting of over 1000 residents
Acting for and advising various retirement village operators in Victoria and NSW in relation to acquisitions and dispositions of retirement villages, due diligence and preparing various pro-forma contracts and ancillary documents
Providing compliance advice to retirement village operators in Queensland, NSW, Victoria, ACT, Western Australia and Tasmania
Acting for and advising a developer of land in Victoria in relation to land subdivision, preparing pro-forma sale contracts and restrictive covenants
Acting for purchasers and vendors of land in NSW, Victoria and Queensland
Managing a team of paralegals dedicated to providing service to retirement village operators and supervising lawyers in providing advice to retirement village operators
Managing a paralegal dedicated to providing service to a property developer client
In previous roles in NSW, acting for and advising developers of land and apartments including preparing pro-forma sale contracts and ancillary documents
Awarded by Best Lawyers the '2018 Lawyer of the Year' for Retirement Villages and Senior Living Law
Recognised by Best Lawyers 2013 - 2019 for expertise in Retirement Villages and Senior Living Law
Director, Women's Property Initiatives
Joint Deputy Convenor, Russell Kennedy Women's Network (2016)
Member, Victorian Women Lawyers
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Retirement Village operators should note that Consumer Affairs Victoria (“CAV”) has changed its internal process in relation to assisting and dealing with complaints made by residents about management and resident disputes.