Angela Skandarajah


Minter Ellison
Level 23, Rialto Towers
525 Collins Street
Melbourne 3000

Tel: +61 3 8608 2269
Fax: +61 3 8608 1278


Angela Skandarajah is one of Australia’s leading real estate law experts. She has both public and private sector experience in all aspects of real estate related law, with particular expertise in major projects and developments.

As head of our national Real Estate, Environment and Planning team, her broad experience spans high-profile property and infrastructure projects, major acquisitions, disposals and leases, and Crown land developments. Her expertise includes the procurement of purpose-built facilities and deals with vendor development obligations.

Angela advises widely in major projects with highly complex development arrangements together with major public and private sector infrastructure such as hospitals and roads, and multi-faceted urban renewal projects.

In addition to her recognised skill in tenure, disposal and developments on Crown land, Angela also advises utility providers on secure land tenure arrangements, as well as the sale of public and private utilities.

Long-standing clients include Australand, Citta Property Group, Cromwell Property Group, Goodman Group, the Victorian Government and Places Victoria. Notably, Angela recently acted for the Victorian State Government on the proposed landmark $350 million redevelopment of McNab Avenue in the heart of Footscray, Melbourne’s capital of the west.

Throughout her 17 years in practice, Angela has been noted for excellence in her field with Chambers Global describing her as a leading individual in Real Estate, well known for her work on major property and government projects.

Angela is a regular speaker on real estate issues and matters.

Angela is also currently the Managing Partner of Minter Ellison’s Melbourne office.

Minter Ellison’s real estate team is one of the largest in Australia with 36 partners and more than 140 lawyers nationally. We deliver a comprehensive range of property-related legal services for developers, investors, owners, landlords, property fund managers and governments.

The size and scope of our team in terms of technical capability, transaction experience and geographic spread is second to none. We practise in the areas of urban renewal, transit oriented development, large scale property transactions, distressed sales, retirement villages, telecommunications rollouts and retail and commercial leasing.

We are a trusted adviser to many state governments and government owned corporations and have assisted in the delivery of billion dollar hospitals, schools and prison developments, major urban regeneration projects and transit oriented developments. We have acted in the divestment and privatisation of airports and ports and in securing linear land corridors for major infrastructure investment in the energy and resources sector.

Our clients include the Queensland Government, Places Victoria, East Perth Redevelopment Authority, Port of Melbourne Authority, Railcorp, QRN, North Queensland Bulk Ports and Sydney Ports Corporation.

We also act for leading institutional property investors and developers including Westfield, DEXUS, AMP, Colonial First State Global Asset Management, Australand, Mirvac and Brookfield Multiplex.

We are unique among major law firms in our ability to provide our national clients with leasing and property portfolio management services Australia-wide. Our services are supported by state-of-the-art online reporting and document storage/retrieval systems and work flow management tools.

We are pre-eminent in the retirement villages sector with industry heavyweights FKP Limited, Lend Lease Primelife and Aevum as key national clients.

Having acted for SingTel Optus in all its telecommunications roll-outs for many years, we also have unmatched experience and capability in the telecommunications sector.

Our real estate practice is supported by a leading environment and planning practice, which international directories consistently rank as a Tier 1 practice. Amongst Australian law firms, we are the only truly national environmental law practice with particular expertise in project approvals and licences to operate.

Minter Ellison is one of the Asia Pacific’s leading law firms. Established in Sydney in 1827, our firm today operates in Australia, Hong Kong, mainland China, Mongolia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom through a network of integrated offices and associated offices.

Our success has been driven by the vision of our partners, the in-depth industry expertise of our lawyers, and our commitment to work closely with clients to deliver seamless service wherever they need us.

We understand the challenges that businesses operating in a globalised marketplace face, and offer clients services that are multi-disciplinary and industry facing. Our deep understanding of how business is conducted in our region, local language skills, and proven track record for delivering outstanding work mean that clients access local experience and expertise that is informed by an international perspective.

Minter Ellison’s large and diverse client base includes blue-chip public and private companies, leading multinationals operating in the region, global financial institutions, government organisations and state-owned entities.

Our strong technical skills, underpinned by the ability to deliver commercially practical solutions that assist clients to achieve their business goals and objectives, have led to our firm’s involvement in some of the Asia Pacific’s most innovative and high-profile transactions.

“Angela Skandarajah undertakes work for both public and private sector clients on a variety of property matters, particularly developments and joint ventures. One client reported: “She is fabulous – she’s practical and tough but fair, and we have a really tight relationship.”
Chambers & Partners, 2015