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Retail and Commercial Leasing Cases Update (on-demand)



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Gary Newton

Gary Newton
Partner, HWL Ebsworth

An accredited specialist in property law since 1994, Gary has continued to build a broad property practice since 1983. He advises on a variety of transactions for landlords and tenants, including retail leasing and commercial leasing, property acquisitions, property developments and sales of residential, commercial, retail and industrial properties, buying property in Australia, strata, community and neighbourhood title law, property joint ventures, due diligence, finance and structuring, partitions, environment and planning; and general property advice.

Gary’s clients comprise a mixture of property developers, high net worth individuals, insurance companies, major NFP organisations and government authorities as well as Chinese investors in Australian property. Gary has been named in Best Lawyers™ Australia for Leasing Law and Real Property Law. He has also been recognised in the Recommended Tier of the ‘Leading Property & Real Estate Lawyers’ for the 2018 edition of Doyle’s Guide. In 2016, Gary was listed as a recommended lawyer in Real Estate by the Asia Pacific Legal 500.

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A review of 2019 and 2020 cases of interest in retail and commercial leasing in NSW.

About this course

In this online, on-demand course, HWL Ebsworth partner, Gary Newton, discusses the implications of recent cases in retail and commercial leasing, including false and misleading conduct in a disclosure statement in a retail lease, guarantors failing to sign a retail lease, lessor withholding consent to an assignment by a lessee in administration and lessor terminating a retail lease without notice. In addition, whether a signed and delivered commercial lease is  binding if the sublessor has NOT been asked to sign it is reviewed, along with the exercise of 'option to renew' by informal email.

Course structure

This course consists of a 1-hour video recording of a presentation by Gary Newton, partner with HWL Ebsworth, together with reference resources.

Continuing Professional Development

For NSW lawyers, the Law Society of New South Wales advises: "If this particular educational activity extends your knowledge and skills in areas that are relevant to your practice needs or professional development, then you should claim one (1) "unit" for each hour of attendance, refreshment breaks not included."

Learning outcomes

This course will assist participants to:

  • Understand the implications of recent caselaw in the commercial and retail leasing areas
  • Identify strategies for advising clients with regard to commercial and retail leases.


A discount of 10% is available to UTS Alumni or UTS Staff enrolling in this short course. If you are eligible for this discount, please ensure you have provided your UTS Student or Staff ID number during checkout.

When signing up for the session, use the relevant voucher code to apply the discount to your cart:

  • UTS Student / Alumni: Lawalumni
  • UTS Staff: Lstaff

Please note that discounts cannot be combined. A limit of one discount applies per person per course session.

Enrolment conditions

Course purchase is subject to UTS Open Terms and Conditions. 

COVID-19 response 

UTS complies with latest Government health advice. Delivery of all courses complies with the UTS response to COVID-19.

Who is this course for?

This program is particularly useful for:

  • General practitioners
  • Property law specialists
  • In-house counsel and general counsel teams
  • Real estate practitioners.


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Self paced
Expert: Gary Newton
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  • Online
  • 1 hour total

Note: Course content recorded June 2020

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