Burgess Thomson Lawyers

Commercial Lease Lawyer


Commercial and Retail Leasing Lawyers in Newcastle

Navigating the intricate framework of commercial leases requires a meticulous approach and in-depth understanding of the laws governing leasing in Newcastle, Australia. Burgess Thomson is an expert in this arena, providing adept services in retail and commercial leasing, tailored to cater to the nuanced needs of businesses in New South Wales.

As seasoned commercial lease lawyers, we excel in crafting solutions that secure your interests and pre-emptively address potential impediments to your business’s cash flow. It is important to seek legal advice from an experienced commercial lawyer before entering a lease, as it has the potential of becoming a negative impact on your business’ cash flow at a later stage.

Comprehensive Lease Advice to Safeguard Your Interests

At Burgess Thomson, our retail and commercial leasing advice is extensive and multi-faceted, ensuring every client benefits from comprehensive, bespoke solutions. Our services include:

  • Drafting and Reviewing Leases: Meticulous drafting and reviewing of retail and commercial leases to ensure legal soundness and alignment with your business objectives.
  • Negotiation of Lease Terms: Expert negotiation on lease terms, encompassing rent, transfer options, duration, exit, and renewal options to secure favourable conditions.
  • Subletting and Insurance Advice: Proficient counsel on subletting of premises and adept insurance advice to identify optimal business insurance opportunities.
  • Dispute Resolution: Strategic guidance and support in resolving potential disputes related to leasing.


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Understand your rights and responsibilities when entering into a retail or commercial lease. Get sound legal advice from our team.

Our specialist commercial lease lawyers can help with:

Commercial and Industrial Leasing

Navigating the complexities of commercial leasing, Burgess Thomson provides meticulous legal support to both landlords and tenants, addressing the unique challenges and potential risks inherent in commercial and industrial property agreements. Our team offers precise advice on the nuances between retail and commercial leases, prepares comprehensive lease documents, and ensures clients are well-informed and secure in their leasing endeavours, safeguarding their business interests and investments.

Retail Leases

Burgess Thomson provides expert advice for both tenants and landlords entering into retail leases, ensuring clarity on rights and responsibilities, offering guidance through the entirety of the leasing process, and navigating the myriad of rules and regulations specific to retail leases. Our legal team is dedicated to delivering comprehensive support, aiding clients in understanding the distinct aspects of retail leases and ensuring enhanced protection and compliance with relevant leasing acts.


Burgess Thomson aids clients in the process of subleasing retail or commercial properties, ensuring seamless transfers of interest, whether partial or whole, to subtenants while maintaining adherence to original lease agreements. Our meticulous approach involves reviewing initial agreements, clarifying obligations, crafting comprehensive sublease agreements and Deeds of Consent to sublease, and safeguarding clients from potential liabilities, ensuring all agreements are harmonious and clients are well-informed of their rights and responsibilities.

Why Burgess Thomson?

Choosing Burgess Thomson as your commercial lease lawyer means entrusting your business to a team that understands the intricate landscape of leasing in Newcastle. We bring to the table our vast experience, local insight, and an unwavering commitment to securing your business’s future.

We recognise the potential pitfalls in leasing agreements and employ our legal acumen to ensure your business is insulated from any negative repercussions, allowing you to focus on your business growth with peace of mind.

Our team enables you to make informed decisions by offering insights that are rooted in extensive experience and an in-depth understanding of commercial and retail lease laws in New South Wales. By aligning with us, you pre-emptively secure your business against legal pitfalls and financial constraints, paving the way for sustained growth and success.

Contact us or request a quote to learn more about how our skilled leasing lawyers in Newcastle can help you with retail and commercial leases.


A business property lease or commercial lease is a legally binding contract between a business owner and the owner of the real estate property.

These documents are a good deal more complicated than residential leases, because the lease is usually heavily customised to the individual situation. The lease terms and conditions need to be very carefully read to make sure that they match the needs of your business, as any mistakes at the beginning could make or break your new business.

Yes, lease terms are often negotiable. The specific terms or restrictions which may be up for negotiation include the rent amount, rent increases, the duration of the lease, the modifications you can make to the property and whether you can transfer or assign the lease.

This is hard to answer without knowing your specific situation and your business requirements.

Some of the common things we find we need to discuss with clients include:

  • If you’re a new business, check that the length of the lease suits you, as many landlords prefer to lock in a longer lease.
  • There are several ways to calculate rental increases so make sure you understand and agree to the one chosen by your lessor.
  • Read the section on property improvements very carefully as it should set out who can make changes, who pays for the modifications and whether you have to return the property to it’s original condition at the end of the lease.
  • Make sure the lease includes all of the areas you expect to use including bathrooms, parking areas and common areas.
  • Be careful that the lease doesn’t stop you from erecting signs in certain areas.

Please seek legal advice before you make any commitments, including signing an offer, paying a deposit or moving anything you own into the property.

First, find your lease documents and read them carefully, making sure that you completely understand the legal terms and conditions. Secondly, make sure you understand your legal rights and responsibilities and those of your landlord.

Then consider the options, which include negotiation, mediation, and court action.

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