Why choose SME Property Lawyer
SME Property Lawyer was established to provide specialist, property law expertise at an affordable price. Your transaction or conveyance will be handled by our principal, Andrew Kleiman (LL.B, LL.M), who has specialised in property law for over a decade. You will not be passed on to a junior lawyer, conveyancer or paralegal.
Andrew’s legal expertise spans residential, commercial, industrial and retail property. He has helped investors, developers, SMSF’s, home-owners, businesses, landlords and tenants on the buying, selling, leasing and/or development of almost every type of property there is including houses, apartments, offices, shops, supermarkets, warehouses, workshops, waste management facilities, medical facilities, building yards and car parks. If it’s property, Andrew can do it.
Andrew has held senior legal positions in private practice and in-house for corporations. He has been at various times:
- a director in the property department of commercial law firm Morgan Lewis;
- the senior legal counsel in Australia for international property title insurer Stewart Title; and
- in-house counsel for DADI Group, a privately-owned group of waste management companies where he focused on property, leasing and construction work relating to the group’s property and infrastructure portfolio.
Commercial property investors
Investors looking to invest in commercial property (office, industrial and retail) benefit from Andrew’s practical understanding of commercial property and commercial leasing gained from a previous role in managing a $100M + commercial property portfolio. Andrew prides himself on identifying potential costs and risks for clients buying commercial property. Once a property is purchased, Andrew can also advise in the ongoing management and leasing of the property.
SMSFs and trusts
Andrew has acted on many purchases and property transfers for SMSFs and trusts and knows how to structure a purchase with the correct purchasing entity to avoid stamp duty problems. Whether it is a commercial or residential property investment or a transfer and lease-back of your business property, whether it is a limited recourse arrangement or fully funded, Andrew has the expertise to help you with your investment.
For a number of years, Andrew acted almost solely for property developers, acting and advising on the development of apartments, townhouses, duplexes, mixed-use developments, business parks, industrial estates, shops, offices and hospitals. He also has substantial experience in building and construction, which comes in very handy when dealing with the builders.
Andrew frequently consults for law firms who need NSW property law expertise – particularly in the development space. Usually these firms are inter-state, have developer clients expanding into NSW and the firm wants to retain control over the client relationship. Andrew is a safe pair of hands and can work with the client directly or through the law firm, whichever the law firm prefers. For example, recently Andrew acted for an inter-state law firm on the sale of a 60+ unit townhouse development in Western Sydney as well as various purchases of prospective development sites involving call and put and call option arrangements.
Homeowners and residential investors
Andrew is as happy looking after a residential conveyance as he is a commercial matter. With Sydney house and unit prices so high, a residential conveyance is a high value transaction that deserves the close attention of an experienced property lawyer. Andrew isn’t someone who just pushes the paper. He can analyse the property title, negotiate a contract quickly and effectively, provide expert legal advice and help his clients reach settlement.