Caroline Faeh

Associate
Languages spoken
English, Swiss-German, German, Spanish
Practice areas
Commercial property
Land investment and development
Energy and infrastructure

Caroline Faeh helps individuals and businesses identify and manage risk in their property and commercial transactions in Australia. She assists clients to find innovative solutions that meet their commercial objectives by looking at the big picture and addressing each of their issues in order of importance.

Time is of the essence in complex transactions, which is why Caroline works efficiently and makes sure she is available to answer questions her clients may have. She gives advice to developers, tenants and landlords in a wide variety of industries on the entire spectrum of commercial property transactions. This includes sale and purchase agreements, leasing, mortgages and financing, deeds, sub-leases, special conditions, institutional advice, due diligence and planning, development and construction projects. She also works with families and large corporate groups to effect transfers and implement court orders.Caroline brings together her experience in corporate litigation and property to help our clients progress their transactions effectively. She has worked with clients internationally and in every State and Territory in Australia.

Her experience includes assisting clients located overseas who have property transactions in Australia and she is deft at managing complex transactions across multiple jurisdictions with ease. Within Australia, she has managed national conveyancing arrangements and negotiated complex land contracts across state boundaries.

Based in Canberra, our clients will benefit from Caroline’s ability to identify issues quickly and help them negotiate points they may not have been aware of. Her collegial approach is also highly valued.

Caroline has a double-degree in Law and International Studies from the University of Canberra and a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from Australian National University. Caroline is fluent in Swiss-German, German and Spanish and has an adventurous streak. She loves snowboarding and came third in Australia’s longest downhill snowboard race, the Thredbo Top To Bottom.

Knowledge pieces by Caroline Faeh
Morrison’s mystery – deciphering the commercial leasing code

Last week a code for commercial rent relief was announced by Prime Minister Scott Morrison. It lists 14 principles that the Federal Government believes should be applied when a landlord and tenant negotiate to mitigate rent costs for tenants whose business is impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Although well-intentioned, the code is creating chaos and confusion.

Canberra’s expansion – thinking outside the lines

In 2018 Canberra was Australia’s second-fastest growing city, pipped by Melbourne by 0.3%, with Brisbane in third. That trend continues. Shouldn’t be a problem to keep on expanding, the Australian Capital Territory is pretty big? Actually, it is a problem. The territory is mostly too rugged for development, and 60% of the land is already locked away in national parks and reserves. Take a look at the city map and the growing pains are clearly seen, with suburbs hemmed in by the Territory’s borders on all sides except to the south west. Infill development is one way the government has gone about accommodating the influx of people, with residential towers rapidly popping up in the city and town centres. But the government has pushed ahead with large-scale “greenfield” development as well, despite the cost.