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Stephen Pallavicini

special counsel, property and construction

meet Stephen

about Stephen

With a keen eye for detail and assessing legal risk, Stephen has built a reputation amongst his clients for leaving no rock unturned. His commitment to providing practical outcomes, both in structuring transactions through to delivery has seen him receive his Specialist Accreditation in Property Law, reach Partner level in private practice and work in-house as Senior Legal counsel for an ASX 200 listed company.

Stephen’s focus is on commercial property acquisitions and disposals, property development and commercial, industrial and retail leasing. As in-house counsel for Stockland and Woolworths he has on transactions with number of notable brands such as Coles, David Jones, Zara, H&M.

Stephen, when acting on behalf a landlord who was entering into leases with major international retail chains successfully negotiated changes to the standard international leases used by those chains.  The changes successfully re-balanced the leases to reflect Australian conditions.  Stephen has acted for clients in complex property acquisitions and disposals involving co-owner agreements with pre-emptive rights as well as complex distribution centre leases.

Stephen prides himself on taking a collaborative and informed approach to his work, with a focus on stakeholder relationships both with his clients and his fellow colleagues.

“Stephen is a fantastic, hands on, can-do lawyer that is great under pressure and highly skilled at finding solutions to difficult and complete legal matters”.  Tim Beattie, Property Executive.

Areas of Expertise

commercial property acquisitions and disposals

lease negotiations

property law

retail, commercial and industrial leasing


property development

additional qualifications

accredited specialist – property law


leading in-house property and real estate lawyer – doyles guide, 2016


co-author Thomson Reuter’s commercial leasing precedents

contributor to lexisnexis practical guidance property law.

joint editor Australian Property Law Bulletin

property council’s stamp duty committee 2003 – 2016

leadership positions

member law society’s property law specialist accreditation committee – 2009 – 2022

member of law council’s property law group nsw – 2012 – 2022

member of law society’s ethics committee – 2018 – 2022

member of law society’s in-house lawyer’s committee – 2015 -2020

member of law society’s property law committee – 2006 -2022