SUSAN NICHOLSON

Qualifications

LLB (UTS Sydney)

Grad Cert Legal Practice (UTS Sydney)

BCom (Curtin)

Principal: Cullen Macleod June 2016 - Present

Senior Associate: Cullen Macleod November 2012 – June 2016

Professional/Business Associations

Law Society of Western Australia

Legal Expertise/Specialisation

Susan is an experienced commercial lawyer with extensive experience in liquor licensing and commercial property law.  Before joining Cullen Macleod, Susan worked at national and boutique firms (including Corrs Chambers Westgarth and Minter Ellison).

She has acted in a large range of property transactions for a variety of clients, including leading retailers, national public companies, property owners and shopping centre owners.  She has also assisted many owners and operators of hospitality and tourism services on the legal issues associated with their business.  She has dealt with all aspects of liquor licensing matters and a successful track record of securing liquor licences for clients. 

Susan’s legal experience is complimented by several years working in government and private enterprise in management, policy and administration roles.

Her expertise and experience include:

  • advising on, and preparing documents relating to the sale and purchase of commercial property and businesses
  • drafting and negotiating contracts of sale, leases, licences, assignment of leases and related documents, for a variety of clients in a range of industries
  • advising on and preparing liquor licence applications for a range of licensed premises and licence types, such as liquor stores, taverns, small bars, extended trading permits and “one-off” applications
  • providing advice on all aspects of liquor licensing, including compliance
  • attending to applications for review and appeal before the Liquor Commission and Supreme Court

Some examples of transactions Susan has worked on are:

  • securing liquor licences for the majority of Woolworths liquor stores and licensed premises in Western Australia since 2006
  • preparing lease documentation for the owner of a large suburban shopping centre
  • acting for the Commonwealth Bank on the leasing of bank premises and ATM sites in Western Australia
  • acting in the sale of 18 prominent Perth CBD commercial properties
  • advising on the purchase of land and business which included a supermarket, petrol station and licenced premises

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