Tom Cantwell

Tom has more than 30 years’ experience in commercial and property law and advises clients on complex and high value property-based transactions including sales and acquisitions, property developments, structuring and strategic advice, joint ventures, legal due diligence, risk assessment, state taxation and contractual issues.

Tom is recognised in the areas of both corporate/governance and real property law by Best Lawyers and has spent more than 10 years on the Property Council of Victoria’s Divisional Council. This breadth of expertise enables him to provide holistic advice to his property industry clients.

Tom’s clients value being able to deal with one lead partner for the structuring of their acquisitions and developments, the identification of key commercial and property risks, the management of their finance from senior and mezzanine lenders, through to completion of the transaction.


  • Property sales and acquisitions across all sectors
  • Property developments across all sectors
  • Property deal and development structuring, including joint ventures and development agreements
  • Duties and land tax advice, including foreign and absentee surcharges
  • Portfolio leasing
  • Legal and strategic advice on property related issues
  • Property disputes and pre-litigation advice
  • Complex titling issues
  • Contaminated land and environmental obligations
  • Hospitals, health and aged care properties

Recent Projects

  • The Fawkner Residences:  all aspects of the development of this 260 apartment luxury residential tower in St Kilda Road, Melbourne.
  • Wodonga Plaza Shopping Centre: acting on the purchase from Vicinity Centres, and ongoing leasing of this sub-regional shopping centre.
  • Acting for Melbourne City Toyota: advising Toyota Motor Corporation on the freehold sale, relocation and redevelopment of its city dealership.
  • 600 Lonsdale Street: undertaking due diligence and advising on the proposed acquisition of this strata office for future development.
  • Industrial land developments: including Mangana Estate in Truganina, Kingston Business Park in Knoxfield, Calarco Drive in Derrimut.

Professional Memberships / Accreditation & Activities

  • Recognised Lawyer,  Real Property Law and Corporate/Governance, The Best Lawyers in Australia
  • Recommended Lawyer, Property and Real Estate Lawyer, Doyle’s Guide





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