SM16: Buildings of the future, Green Leasing and the Law of Contracts

Melissa Kirby, Lawyer & Strategist, Sharpe & Abel

Claire Hashman, Legal Counsel, Dexus

Climate change, investment pressure and individual tenant demands have resulted in many challenges for HVAC and built environment contractors.

These challenges raise a host of questions with legal ramifications. Are the standard installation contracts still fit for purpose when you are no longer installing a standard system? Do standard maintenance contracts expose you to liability if you must maintain a “smart” system in a “smart building”?  And how can your performance be measured if the environments are as unique as the people who rely on them?

To achieve the best for their customers, HVAC professionals also need to understand their tenants’ contexts, including leasing arrangements. This session will also explore green leasing and how it can be used to achieve net zero. Strategies will be provided for removing leasing barriers to net zero and demonstrating a lease’s commitment to sustainability and collaboration using the BBP Leasing Standard.

Join us for a legal perspective on these topics, in an engaging and easy to understand conversation.

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Melissa Kirby is a lawyer and strategist and the founder of Sharpe & Abel, a Melbourne-based law and strategy firm serving the industrial, manufacturing, engineering and technical professions.

Prior to founding Sharpe & Abel, Melissa was a Director and Associate General Counsel at Honeywell, advising its Automation and Control Solutions business group in the Asia Pacific, sub-Saharan Africa and Middle East regions and a director of its local subsidiary. Honeywell is a global manufacturing and technology Fortune 100 company listed on the New York Stock Exchange.

Melissa has also headed up the legal, regulatory and compliance department of a major Australian utility company. She has been in private practice in the English law firm Clifford Chance and the New York law firm White & Case specializing in cross-border dispute resolution in the Asia Pacific region, as well as teaching and research at the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London. Melissa is a sought-after speaker, having addressed government and private sector and industry groups in Malaysia, Hong Kong, London and Australia on international business, resolving major project disputes without ruining relationships and managing professional careers.

Claire Hashman is Legal Counsel at Dexus, one of Australia’s leading property groups with over $26 billion of assets under management, providing general commercial property and corporate legal advice across the Dexus group.

Claire has over ten years’ experience working in the legal and commercial property sectors, including with Blake Dawson (now Ashurst) Kinesis and Sparke Helmore Lawyers, and has had a particular focus on sustainability and energy related issues relevant to the built environment and throughout her career. Claire has been involved with the Better Buildings Partnership since 2011 and is currently the Co-chair of the BBP’s Tenant and Communities Working Group. 

Claire holds a Bachelor of Law degree from the Australian National University and was the recipient of the 2018 Lawyers Weekly Corporate Counsel Awards – Construction and Real Estate Lawyer of the Year.

Claire has recently been shortlisted as a finalist for Construction and Real Estate Lawyer of the Year at the 2018 Corporate Counsel Awards, hosted by Lawyers Weekly.


Note: The seminar program may be subject to change. If you have registered for this seminar any topic, presenter, timetable or price changes will be communicated as soon as possible prior to the event.