Adrian Jones

Norton Rose Fulbright Australia

Adrian Jones

Adrian Jones


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Adrian Jones is a commercial real estate lawyer based in Melbourne.

Adrian has a particular focus on commercial development, and he advises on joint ventures, development agreements, sales and acquisitions, management agreements, leases, and due diligence. 

His transactional experience includes advising on the establishment of investment joint ventures, acquisitions of development sites, and development fund-through transactions.

His clients include student accommodation developers, office and residential developers, renewable energy proponents, and major retail tenants.

He has particular expertise in student accommodation, having acted as General Counsel for a major student accommodation developer and operator in Australia.

Professional experience

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  • Master of Comparative Laws, University of Adelaide / University of Mannheim (Germany) (2008)
  • Bachelor of Law (Hons), University of Adelaide (2003)
  • Bachelor of Computer Science, University of Adelaide (2000)
  • High Court of Australia 2008
  • Supreme Court of Victoria 2006

Commercial Acquisitions & Dispositions

  • 151 Property –on the sale of Brimbank Shopping Centre, a key sub-regional shopping centre over 38,000 square metres.
  • Next Story Group – on the acquisition of a completed hotel development in Southbank for the launch of the "Ink" hotel brand.
  • Setia – on the AU$101m acquisition of 308 Exhibition Street, being the highest priced vacant land transaction in the Melbourne CBD, to be redeveloped into a Shangri-La Hotel and residential apartments.
  • LaSalle Investment Management – on the acquisition of Pakenham Place Shopping Centre in Melbourne.
  • Goodman – on the sale of the 76,000sqm Kmart distribution centre at Truganina to Invesco.

Commercial Development

  • Caydon – on hotel management agreements with a major international hotel operator for the launch of a new hotel brand in Australia within Caydon's master-planned community.
  • Investa – on the acquisition and fund through of a premium grade office building at 567 Collins Street.
  • GPT – on the acquisition and fund through of an A-grade office building on a long-term leasehold basis at 150 Collins Street.
  • Arena REIT – on the ongoing management and development of the Arena portfolio of childcare centres.

Student Accommodation

  • Scape – on its two joint venture development funds with investors including APG, Allianz, Bouwinvest and ICBC International.
  • Scape – on the acquisition and development of over 10 student accommodation sites in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane comprising a pipeline of over 5,000 beds.

Renewable Energy

  • RES – on the acquisition of property rights for the Murra Warra Wind Farm in Victoria, and the Twin Creek Wind Farm in South Australia.
  • Pacific Hydro – on the acquisition of property rights for the development of a solar farm in North Queensland.

Financial Institutions

  • ANZ   on property due diligence and pre-sale verifications for a broadacre subdivision in Melbourne's west.
  • NAB  on property due diligence and pre-sale verifications for apartment developments on St Kilda Road, and in Malvern East, Victoria.
  • Law Institute of Victoria