Eleanor Kwak Partner

Eleanor is a real estate lawyer specialising in social infrastructure, property development, property sales and acquisitions, commercial leasing, joint ventures and major projects.

She has over 20 years’ experience acting on a wide range of market leading transactions in the commercial, industrial and residential property sectors.

Eleanor acts for clients including listed corporations, government, institutional financiers, private developers, not-for-profit housing providers and government business enterprises.



Telstra Corporation Limited

Advising on Telstra’s national corporate accommodation requirements including in respect to Telstra’s Sydney headquarters at 400 George Street, Sydney (exceeding 30,000 square metres of office space); the lease of 16-18 Mort Street, Canberra (exceeding 13,000 square metres of office space); the renewal of lease for 175 Liverpool Street, Sydney; the renewal of lease for 242 Exhibition Street, Melbourne; the renewal of lease for 80 Sterling Street, Perth; the lease of 300 La Trobe Street, Melbourne; and the lease of 717 Bourke Street, Melbourne.

Leading logistics provider

Advising Australia’s leading Business-to-Consumer logistics provider on its national industrial leasing requirements and its freehold property transaction requirements.

Government statutory corporation

Acting on the redevelopment and sale of an inner city 20 hectare site which included delivery of over 1,000 dwellings, retention and refurbishment of heritage buildings and recreational areas. Advice provided included advising on rights and responsibilities under a Project Delivery Agreement; financing, development, titling and subdivision aspects of the project and sale procedures.

Not for profit social and affordable housing providers

Acting as a long term advisor on various projects including the Big Housing Build program pursuant to which Homes Victoria is delivering the largest social and affordable housing building program in Victoria’s history; and provision of accommodation under the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

Leading private equity funds manager

Advising on a competitive sale and 20 year leaseback process for one of the Victoria’s largest agricultural properties (transaction value of over $150 million).


Career & qualifications


  • Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts, Monash University

Memberships and Associations

  • Property Council of Victoria, Social Infrastructure Committee (Committee Member and Chair)
  • Property Council of Australia, National Mentoring Program, Victorian Advisory Committee (Committee Member)
  • Property Council of Victoria, Future Trends & Innovations Committee (Committee Member 2021-2022)

International Experience

  • Eleanor has worked at leading law firms in the UK and the Middle East with a focus on cross border transactions, corporate real estate M&A and real estate finance

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Victorian Commercial and Industrial Property Tax Reform Act is now law: here’s what you should know

The Victorian Commercial and Industrial Property Tax Reform Act 2024 (Vic) (CIPT Act) passed both houses of Parliament and received royal assent on 21 May 2024.

Navigating the land taxes regime – Victorian land owners must keep up with changing tax rules

Many Victorian land owners and investors are uneasy as they await the 2024 state budget, to be delivered on 7 May 2024. Will the government use this budget as a further opportunity to balance its...

Victorian Commercial and Industrial Property Tax detail announced

The Victorian Government last week announced further details of the Commercial and Industrial Property Tax (CIPT) that is proposed to be introduced from 1 July 2024.