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 Recorded Webinar: COVID-19 (Coronavirus): Retail and Commercial Leases - The New Code of Conduct and the NSW Government Measures


Date: Friday 1st May 2020

Duration:  approx. 1.5 hours

The COVID-19 outbreak, coupled with the economic downturn and shift to online commerce, has resulted in the increasing closure of businesses operating in the “bricks and mortar” space. The Federal Government is expecting landlords and tenants to negotiate a fair way forward, however what does this mean in practice? The NSW Government has also announced a range of measures to assist landlords and tenants.

This session will provide practical guidance on managing key changes in tenancy arrangements, with a focus on the new mandatory Commercial Leases Code of Conduct and the newly released Retail and Other Commercial Leases (COVID-19) Regulation 2020, and advise on proactive steps to take to protect landlords in times of uncertainty, including:

  • The different ways a tenant can end the lease early – surrender, breach, mutual agreement
  • Achieving a win/win: assignment, sub-letting and licensing options to assist the tenant
  • Negotiating fair outcomes – what does this look like?
  • Receiving or giving notice – form and content, and other legislative obligations
  • Dispute resolution options
  • Right of entry, make good and forfeiture
  • The Retail and Other Commercial Leases (COVID-19) Regulation 2020
  • Unpacking the Commercial Leases Code of Conduct – how will it apply in NSW?
  • NSW land tax concessions for landlords
  • Case studies on lease termination
  • Proactive risk management – protecting the interests of landlord and tenant through reasonable negotiations and fair leasing terms
Recorded Webinars,Property Law,Recorded Webinar: COVID-19 (Coronavirus): Retail and Commercial Leases - The New Code of Conduct and the NSW Government Measures

Gary Newton, Partner, HWL Ebsworth Lawyers, Sydney

Gary Newton is a partner in the Property and Development Group of HWL Ebsworth Lawyers.

Gary has been practising in the area of property law for over 35 years, providing advice on a wide range of matters to business, government and individuals.  Gary holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Sydney and is an Accredited Specialist in Property Law, since 1994.

Gary is the co-author of a book published in December 2017 called "Land Acquisition" 7th edition by Gary Newton and Christopher Connolly.  This new book deals with land acquisition and compulsory resumption in every jurisdiction of Australia.  Christopher Connolly is one of Gary Newton's partners at HWL Ebsworth.

Gary is the co-author of a book "Real Property Law Case Summaries" Newton’s 4th edition.

Gary is the co-author and the co-editor of the LexisNexis Butterworths NSW Conveyancing Service (loose-leaf). He is also co-author and co-editor of the book 2017-2018 edition of the ‘Annotated Conveyancing & Real Property Legislation in NSW’.  Gary has published many articles in national journals such as the Australian Property Law Bulletin and Law Council of Australia Journal and the NSW Law Society Journal.  Gary's commentary has been cited in judgments of the Supreme Court of NSW.

Gary has been awarded with Leading Lawyers in Australia, Doyles and various other awards.  He was also awarded in 2016 a Lexology Client Choice Award for his excellence in client service in the area of Real Estate.


This webinar is suitable for NSW property lawyers. This webinar is for practitioners with some knowledge in this area and looking to improve their knowledge.


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 Price:  $264.00 (Inclusive of GST)
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