Managing Principal Solicitor
BA, LLB

Current practice

Margaret's practice focuses on property related areas of law, with particular skills and expertise in leases and licenses, Crown land issues, land disposals and acquisitions and statutory interpretation.
 

Experience

Margaret has extensive experience in property matters for government and agencies in the public sector, including Crown land and other general property law.  She has provided legal advice and drafted transaction documents on a wide range of projects for the State including various Crown land sites, education, cemeteries, roads, hospitals and other health services.  Major matters that Margaret has worked on include: negotiating, advising and preparing agreements for the Palais Theatre project, as well as advising on land issues; negotiating, advising and preparing agreements for the Werribee Mercy Hospital site and the Royal Melbourne Hospital site; reviewing DELWP's Crown land template lease agreements and drafting new replacement lease templates in order to significantly reduce the number of templates and produce more efficient, plain English and easy to use templates; the allocation of land from the Melbourne Water Corporation to the Crown; advising on land issues for the Docklands Film Studios and the Melbourne Convention Centre; land status and occupation arrangements for the Port Phillip Prison site; advising on the Whitten Oval Redevelopment; and, statutory interpretation and advice in relation to various property aspects including in relation to the Education Training & Reform Act 2006, Crown Land (Reserves) Act 1978, Land Act 1978, Forests Act 1958 and Retail Leases Act 2003.
 
Margaret has completed a secondment at the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development where she managed the Commercial & Property Team in the Legal Unit.
 
Margaret has advanced skills in drafting and negotiating leases and licenses, contracts and Memoranda of Understanding, conveyancing, statutory interpretation and issues relating to Crown land.  Margaret can provide practical, effective and strategic legal advice and solutions on a wide array of property matters, assist with contract and occupation arrangements negotiations, advice and agreement preparation from a small to large scale.
 
Prior to joining VGSO in January 2005, Margaret worked in commercial and property law with the then Department of Human Services, in taxation and property law with a Melbourne mid-tier law firm and in taxation law with the Australian Taxation Office.
 
 

Memberships and professional associations

  • Victorian Women Lawyers