Brian Schech

Brian Schech

Principal Property and Projects | Brisbane
07 3231 0602 bschech@mcw.com.au Download vCard

Third generation lawyer, Brian Schech, immigrated to Australia after practicing law for ten years in South Africa. Prior to being appointed Principal at McInnes Wilson Lawyers in 2007, Brian was employed by international law firm Herbert Smith Freehills. 

Specializing in commercial property transactions and property development, Brian has a commercial understanding of how the property market functions. He is ‘client-centric’ and prides himself on exceptional turnaround times. He provides valued advice for fund managers, institutional clients, public and private developers, property trusts and government owned corporations in commercial and residential property transactions. 

Brian regularly advises clients on transactions involving acquisitions and disposal of commercial and residential sites, retail shopping centers and hotels, including undertaking vendor and purchaser due diligence investigations and reports. 

I have a commercial understanding of how the property market functions

Brian's Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Laws, University of Natal Durban, South Africa
  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Natal Durban, South Africa
  • Graduate Certificate of Applied Law, University of Queensland
  • Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland

Brian's Expertise

  • Commercial and Industrial property acquisitions, disposals and leasing
  • Residential property transactions and development
  • Acting for government and government owned corporations in property related matters

Brian's Leadership

  • Member, Queensland Law Society

Brian's Recent Experience

Area of Expertise

Area of Expertise

Commercial property acquisitions and disposals including retail shopping centers and commercial office buildings

Work Undertaken

Advising on negotiation and finalisation of transaction documents, undertaking vendor and purchaser due diligence including reviews, leases, service contracts and searches, property due diligence reports, establishment of ‘virtual’ data rooms, effecting completion of the transactions.

Area of Expertise

Area of Expertise

Property advice to government and government owned corporations

Work Undertaken

Advice on and acting in relation to acquisition (including compulsory acquisitions) and disposal of real estate including leasing, license agreements and easements.

Area of Expertise

Area of Expertise

Commercial leasing

Work Undertaken

Lease negotiation and preparation, lease renewals and variations, agreements to lease (retail and commercial), provision of disclosure statements pursuant to the Retail Shop Leases Act 1994 (Qld), surrender of leases, amendments to leases and assignment of leases.

Area of Expertise

Area of Expertise

Large scale residential developments

Work Undertaken

Advice in relation to site acquisition, planning and development issues, titling and title structuring, preparation of ‘off-the-plan’ sale contracts and disclosure documents, advice on volumetric subdivisions and easements, establishment of body corporate, leasing of commercial and retail space, advise on project finance, attending to settlement of pre-sale contracts and all post-settlement matters.

Area of Expertise

Area of Expertise

Acquisition and disposals of hotels including detached bottle shops, liquor licenses and gaming licenses

Work Undertaken

Advising on negotiation and finalisation of transaction documents, undertaking vendor and purchaser due diligence, providing advise in relation to transfer of liquor and gaming licenses, reviewing leases in relation to assignment\ transfer of detached bottle shops, effecting completion of the transactions.

Brian's recent publications

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  1. Body corporate governance issues: debt recovery

    30 Apr 2015

    On the 15 December 2014 the Queensland Government issued the: Queensland Government Property Law Review Options Paper Body Corporate Governance Issues: By-laws, debt recovery and scheme termination (the paper). The primary purpose of the paper is to...

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  2. Common mistakes people make when signing up to move into a retirement village

    05 Mar 2015

    Moving into a retirement village can be an easy transition for most residents. For others, it can prove to be a confusing experience with confusing long documents to read and understand. There are some key questions that clients moving into a retirement...

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