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Jennifer Degotardi

Fax +61.2.9513.2399

Ms. Degotardi is a real estate lawyer with a particular focus on property development, management and leasing. Her vast experience includes advising on complex sales and acquisitions, due diligence, joint ventures, asset and facilities management agreements, rail corridor access, statutory land acquisition processes and property development.

Ms. Degotardi acts for high profile private and government clients across a broad range of industries including infrastructure and financial services. Her clients benefit from her clear and straightforward manner. In drafting project documents, Ms. Degotardi focuses on succinct and plain language which has proven to remove uncertainties during the project term.

Professional Background

Prior to joining K&L Gates, Ms. Degotardi was a partner in a leading national law firm.


Ms. Degotardi is ranked as a leading real estate and property lawyer in:

  • Doyles Guide
  • Best Lawyers

Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Degotardi has also been ranked as a leading real estate and property lawyer in Legal 500 Asia-Pacific.

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Property Council of Australia, member
  • Sydney Trains in relation to the Moorebank Intermodal Terminal, a significant infrastructure development which is a joint venture between the Commonwealth government and private interests
  • NSW Police Force in relation to its MOU for the divestment and management of residential property assets by Property NSW and related operational agreements
  • NSW Police Force in relation to its lease of premises for PolAir at Bankstown
  • NSW Land and Housing Corporation on the conversion of a number of long term leasehold interests held by tenants in Millers Street to outright sales of freehold
  • NSW Land and Housing Corporation in relation to developments within its Neighbourhood Program
  • RMS in relation to various agreements required for the development of the Western Sydney Airport.

Experience gained prior to joining K&L Gates includes:
  • UrbanGrowth NSW in relation to the Riverstone Scheduled Lands project, a 3,300 lot subdivision in NSW which is intended to be made the subject of a subdivision order under the Scheduled Lands provisions of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979.
  • Transport for NSW on the property aspects of the Northern Beaches Bus Line Project
  • Transport for NSW on the property aspects of the Rail Reform Project
  • Transport for NSW in undertaking a comprehensive review of NSW laws relevant to RailCorp's powers over real property
  • Roads and Maritime Services on the surrender of leases at Queens Wharf and the transition of the occupation of the Wharf to Transport for NSW in conjunction with a public tender for integrated services being run by Transport for NSW.
  • Roads and Maritime Services in relation to the redevelopment, leasing and use of the seaplane terminal at Rose Bay in Sydney.
  • Roads and Maritime Services on its RFT processes for outsourcing the management of its diverse and complex property portfolio.
  • RailCorp on its RFT for outsourcing the management of its equally diverse and complex property portfolio.
  • Macquarie University on a rewrite of the University's leasing precedents.
  • City of Sydney on the RFP documentation for the proposed sale of the land earmarked for development for affordable housing including providing strategic advice to the City on a range of methods to be adopted to ensure that the land, once sold, remains dedicated to affordable housing.
  • Rockdale City Council to maximize its land value capture on land owned by it by structuring an agreement with a developer by which, in return for the Council granting rights over its land, the developer agreed to build a community youth facility for the Council which did not expose Council to upfront capital costs.
  • TransGrid on the Tomago - Stroud and Sydney West transmission line projects involving the acquisition of easement interests from over 300 landowners along the proposed transmission line routes, with strict budgeting and time constraints.

Private Sector
  • Advising a private company in relation to the confidential disposal of an iconic asset in China Town
  • Poly Australia in relation to the acquisition of a development site at Rouse Hill
  • McKinsey in relation to its leased premises in Melbourne (having previously advised in relation to premises in Sydney and Perth)
  • Private funds clients in relation to their leasing and property management requirements for their property portfolios, and Sydney Airport Corporation in relation to its terminal and precinct leases

Experience gained prior to joining K&L Gates includes:
  • Sydney Airport in relation to its proposed alliance-based reorganisation of the domestic and international terminals at Sydney Airport.
  • Sydney Airport in relation to the acquisition of Terminal 3 from Qantas, including negotiating the new lease arrangements for Qantas at the terminal and the transition arrangements for the other retail and commercial tenants within the terminal.
  • Pindari Capital in relation to its property fund projects in Queensland and Victoria, including its residential development joint venture with Villa World
  • UBS on the lease of its head office in Sydney
  • Dell advising in relation to property issues arising at a number of leased premises in Australia.