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Cain Sarah

principal lawyer, property and construction

meet Cain

about Cain

Cain prides himself on his efficiency, attention to detail and always being accessible to his clients. Recently awarded ‘Supplier of the Year’ by two of his key clients is a testament to this.

“Cain has been working with GYG for many years and he is one of our most trusted advisors. His efficient, no nonsense approach to lease negotiations means he cuts through all the headache and makes our job easier.  He is an asset to our development team.”

Danielle Keyes, Group Legal Counsel, Guzman y Gomez

Starting his career in employment law and litigation, Cain expanded the work he was doing for key clients into property law resulting in him ultimately specialising in this area for the last 15 years.

Cain’s main focus is on all aspects of retail, commercial and industrial leasing for clients such as KFC, Guzman y Gomez, The Coffee Club, SMEC Australia, Collins Foods, Oporto, Toshiba and Canon. He mainly acts for tenants negotiating the terms of their property documents ranging from Agreements for Lease, Leases, Deeds of Assignment, Variations of Lease, Surrenders of Lease, Fitout Deeds, Incentive Deeds and amongst others, Licences.

Cain’s focus is on ensuring documents are negotiated as favourably as possible for his clients and anything that could cause problems is removed. Cain always ensures his clients’ interests are protected and that there are no loose ends. Matters are finalised quickly and efficiently, meaning clients’ can focus on what is important to them, their business.

“Cain has been our lawyer now for close to 20 years. He has a deep interest in, and understanding of our business which enables him to make appropriate document recommendations quickly with minimal input from our end. Cain is dependable, a good cultural fit for our team and we have an easy and good relationship with him. Cain regularly reviews our standard documents to tweak them so we are protected against risk. Cain has concise communication skills and relays complex legal matters in a common sense way that is easy to understand.”

Alyce More, Property and Market Planning Manager
KFC South Pacific

Areas of Expertise

property law
retail, commercial and industrial leasing




finalist, partner of the year for real estate,
lawyers weekly, 2020


‘seeing fit to achieve balance’, lawyers weekly (april 18 2013)


  • leasing for client to its corporate franchisees

    Cain’s large retail client wanted to assign, licence or where it was landowner, lease a large number of its company owned stores throughout each State and Territory in Australia to its corporate franchisees. Cain was heavily involved in the preparation, negotiation and completion of the documents ranging from assignments of lease, licences, leases and subleases and worked with a multitude of landlords and franchisee lawyers in order to achieve the desired outcome for all parties involved.

  • shopping centre tenant and major redevelopment

    Cain assisted a client who was a tenant in a large retail shopping centre about to embark on a major redevelopment. The client’s lease did not contain a relocation or demolition clause however, Cain was able to negotiate a fantastic settlement for the client which ensured appropriate compensation and a new lease on favourable terms once the shopping centre was rebuilt. This ensured the client’s business did not suffer financially and was successfully up and running after a period of closure.