Eleanor Kwak

Special Counsel. Melbourne.

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A specialist in property law, Eleanor is well-known for her ability to seamlessly manage diverse stakeholder interests, while at the same time providing simple, actionable solutions for complex legal problems. 

The legal advice Eleanor offers is value-driven and pragmatic, and her exceptional project management skills enable her to understand both the needs of her clients and the requirements of all parties involved in a matter. Easy to work with, she places an unwavering focus on the best interests of her clients, and operates in a manner that assists them to foster and strengthen their relationships with their business partners. 

Eleanor’s core practice areas include property development, property sales and acquisitions, commercial leasing, social and affordable housing, joint ventures and major projects. Having worked in Australia, the UK and the Middle East, she has extensive experience acting on a wide range of significant transactions in the commercial, industrial and retail property sectors across these regions.

A specialist in property law, Eleanor is well-known for her ability to seamlessly manage diverse stakeholder interests, while at the same time providing simple, actionable solutions for complex legal problems. 

The legal advice Eleanor offers is value-driven and pragmatic, and her exceptional project management skills enable her to understand both the needs of her clients and the requirements of all parties involved in a matter. Easy to work with, she places an unwavering focus on the best interests of her clients, and operates in a manner that assists them to foster and strengthen their relationships with their business partners. 

Eleanor’s core practice areas include property development, property sales and acquisitions, commercial leasing, social and affordable housing, joint ventures and major projects. Having worked in Australia, the UK and the Middle East, she has extensive experience acting on a wide range of significant transactions in the commercial, industrial and retail property sectors across these regions.

Eleanor's Expertise

  • ASX Top 20 listed companies Acting for a number of ASX Top 20 listed companies in relation to their state-of-the-art accommodation requirements in capital cities around Australia including:
    • acting for Telstra Corporation Limited in respect to the extension of its lease for its Sydney headquarters at 400 George Street, Sydney. The deal involved Telstra committing to lease in excess of 30,000 square metres of A Grade office space. This deal was the largest in the Sydney market that year.
    • acting for Telstra in respect to its lease at Mort Street, Canberra. This deal involved Telstra committing to lease in excess of 13,000 square metres of A Grade office space.
  • Victorian Government Acting in relation to the development of a 20 hectare site in Parkville that was formerly the Athletes’ Village for the 2006 Commonwealth Games. This project involves the delivery of approximately 1,000 dwellings and the creation of wetlands and new parklands.
  • Vicinity Centres Acting in relation to its acquisition of Mildura Central Shopping Centre.
  • Aurizon Holdings Acting in relation to various real estate projects in Victoria, South Australia and New South Wales. This has included acting for Aurizon Holdings in respect to its divestment of CRT Group.
  • Bankwest Acting in respect to a number of mortgagee sales for properties in Victoria.
  • Housing Choices Australia Advising in respect to various social and affordable housing developments and projects around Australia. This has included acting for Housing Choices Tasmania in relation to the Better Housing Futures project pursuant to which the Tasmanian Government appointed Housing Choices Tasmania to manage 1,073 properties and tenancies in the North West of Tasmania.
  • Telstra Corporation Limited Advising Telstra Corporation Limited in relation to its land divestment strategy for various sites around Australia.
  • Multi Owner Property Group Sales Acting for a group of owners in respect to their joint sale of all titles in a multi-use building in the City of Melbourne. This matter involved:
    • drafting a joint venture agreement which set out the applicable procedures and regulated the relationship between the owners during the marketing, sale and settlement phases of the sale;
    • acting for the owners in respect to negotiations with bidders during the expression of interest phase;
    • facilitating entry into the contract of sale with the successful purchaser; and
    • attending to all conveyancing and settlement procedures and distribution of the proceeds of sale.
  • Various Other Real Estate Joint Ventures Negotiating, drafting and preparing incorporated and unincorporated joint venture agreements relating to the development of real estate projects including low-density residential communities with hotels, supporting facilities and infrastructure.

What others say

  • “Eleanor has a strong mix of “black letter law” skills, sound commercial judgment and an unwavering focus on the best interests of her client” Legal Counsel, ASX Top 20 listed company
  • “NFPs do a lot of difficult work on a shoestring budget, so it's always great relief when you find someone that you can build a relationship with who understands where the legal work fits into the bigger picture for the organisation” General Counsel at a large NFP client

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