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Donna Rayner

Principal

Diploma in Law (Legal Practitioners Admission Board), Graduate Certificate in Innovation & Entrepreneurship (University of Adelaide)

  • Retirement Living
  • Due Diligence
  • Property Law

Donna delivers expert legal advice to owners, operators and developers of retirement villages in Victoria and New South Wales.

Donna also has experience in residential and commercial property transactions and drafting various types of commercial agreements.

Donna was recognised by Best Lawyers 2013 - 2020 for expertise in Retirement Villages and Senior Living Law.

Experience

  • Acting for and advising various retirement village operators in Victoria and NSW in relation to acquisitions and dispositions of retirement villages and due diligence

  • Acting for and advising owners, operators and developers of retirement villages in Victoria and NSW including the preparation of resident contracts and other documents

  • Providing compliance advice to retirement village operators in Queensland, NSW, Victoria, ACT, Western Australia and Tasmania

  • Seconded to Lendlease Retirement Living (LLRL) for a period of 19 months to provide in-house legal advice relating to LLRL's contract standardisation project and assisting with the redrafting of various contracts within the Lendlease villages and re-contracting of over 1000 residents

  • Acting on behalf of vendors and purchasers in respect of the sale and acquisition of residential and commercial property

  • Acting for and advising a developer of land in Victoria in relation to land subdivision, preparing pro-forma sale contracts and restrictive covenants

  • Managing a team of paralegals dedicated to providing service to retirement village operators and supervising lawyers in relation to providing advice to retirement village operators

  • Managing a paralegal dedicated to providing service to a property developer client

  • In previous roles in NSW, acting for and advising developers of land and apartments including preparing pro-forma sale contracts and ancillary documents

Leadership

  • Awarded by Best Lawyers the '2018 Lawyer of the Year' for Retirement Villages and Senior Living Law

  • Recognised by Best Lawyers 2013 - 2020 for expertise in Retirement Villages and Senior Living Law

  • Director, Women's Property Initiatives

  • Member, Victorian Women Lawyers

  • Joint Deputy Convenor, Russell Kennedy Women's Network (2016 - 2018)