About us

Our firm traces its origins back to 1908. It changed its name to become George Bourne Packham & Bowen with the election to the partnership in 1946 of The Hon Lionel Bowen and Robert Packham. The Hon Lionel Bowen was a member of the House of Representatives from 1969 to 1990 (Kingsford Smith). He was a Minister in the Whitlam government from 1973 to 1975 and a Minister and Deputy Prime Minister in the Hawke government from 1983 to 1990 and Attorney General from 1984 to 1990. He was an Honorary Consultant to our firm until December 2011.

In 2004, Chris Shaw formed Shaw Reynolds Lawyers to service the property industry. Chris was formerly a partner of Phillips Fox solicitors, a director of Andersen legal and a senior associate with Allen Allen & Hemsley. He specialises in property development law. He is an adviser to many of the property industry’s major developers. He is a member of the Law Society of NSW, the Property Council of Australia’s Planning Committee, a member of the Land and Environment Court Users Committee and a member of the Royal Australian Institute of Architects' Practice Committee.

In 2007, we merged with the successor to George Bourne, Packham & Bowen, another property, local government and planning firm and in October 2012, the firm reverted back to Shaw Reynolds Lawyers.

Shaw Reynolds Lawyers is a specialist Property development, Local Government, Environment and Planning law firm. It also provides legal services and expertise in areas of Administrative, Property, Corporate and Contract Law. Our services include:

  • Undertaking property due diligence to assess legal risks;
  • Attending to arrangements to finance property acquisitions and development;
  • Attending to contracts to acquire and develop property;
  • Advising on and providing representation in relation to the various consents required to develop property;
  • Attending to the various contracts and commercial arrangements necessary to build on and develop the property;
  • Attending to contracts and arrangements necessary for the disposal of the created asset; and
  • Assisting government authorities (both local government and state government agencies) in fulfilling their obligations.

Our clients range from local government authorities to state government authorities to private developers and fund managers.

We specialise in matters involving Land and Environment Court litigation, complex conveyancing, leasing, commercial property development, the Local Government area, commercial and corporate contracts, dispute resolution and litigation.

We have over the years assembled a team whose individual qualifications and specialist knowledge enable the firm to provide a complete service to our clients.

Our commitment to our clients is underpinned by our corporate values. We have development business standards by which we work and operate on a daily basis. We endeavour to work in an environment which promotes principles of Integrity, Respect, Excellence, Leadership, Teamwork and Accountability.

Our mission

We have assembled a team whose individual qualifications and specialist knowledge enable us to provide a complete service to our clients

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Amendments to the Home Building Act 1989 (“the Act”)and Home Building Regulation 2004 (“Regulation”)have been introduced in NSW through the Home Building Amendment Bill 2014 (“the Bill”). The Bill was assented to on 5 June 2014 but the commencement date has yet to be announced.

Some of the key amendments to the Bill are as follows:

  1. New allowable deposit on all residential building works will be 10% of the contract price. Currently, 10% deposit is allowable for works up to $20,000 while only 5% deposit

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