Emil Ford Lawyers

Retail/Shopping Centres

Emil Ford Lawyers has worked with retail and shopping centre investors and operators for more than 30 years. We’ve seen what works well and we know where potential legal problems arise. 

Emil Ford deliver expert legal advice and support to retail centres on:

  • leases and licences
  • service supply agreements
  • employment policies and agreements
  • privacy
  • document retention
  • debtor management and enforcing leases
  • intellectual property protection
  • banking and finance matters
  • rates, taxes and GST
  • OH&S issues
  • corporate governance

Retail centre legal health check

We’ve put our vast experience base to good use to offer a practical, affordable, and comprehensive legal business review designed specifically for retail centre owners and managers. 

Best of all, Emil Ford offers a fixed-fee Legal Health Check to protect the centre's interests.

The review will bring to light:

  • any legal risk or exposure in your practices and commercial agreements
  • compliance issues relating to reporting, tax, employment arrangements, OH&S, environmental compliance, privacy and other internal controls and practices
  • opportunities for competitive advantage, for example in property and asset management, business planning.

How does it work ?

There is a fixed fee for the service. You will know the exact cost up-front, with no hidden extras.  

We’ll meet with your key personnel and review your practices, documents, and policies which could give rise to legal issues in relation to the operation of your shopping centre.  

What you’ll receive

  • a review of your retail centre operations by legal specialists who have worked with shopping centre investors, owners, and managers for more than 30 years
  • an achievable action plan to address any legal issues highlighted by the review
  • a concise report supporting the action plan and additional recommendations.

To arrange a legal health check for your retail centre or for more information, contact:

Garry Pritchard on 9267 9800 or  .


What retail centre clients say about Emil Ford

Emil Ford has been the key legal adviser to the Hifure Group of companies and my family for more than 35 years.

Emil Ford has given property, commercial, and all round legal advice over this period.

It is important to me to have a legal team which is accessible and timely in their delivery of advice. I have found Emil Ford to be a no-nonsense firm which is client driven and simply gets the job done with a minimum of fuss and delay.

Their accounts are itemised and detailed and I believe provide value to our business.

The Emil Ford team, headed by Garry Pritchard, has specific expertise in the retail centre sector and they are commercially astute and realistic and understand what we need and work closely with us to achieve our business objectives. Rather than telling us about the legal problems in various business proposals, they find paths around obstacles and help us get the deals done, rents collected, shops occupied and make good returns.

I thoroughly recommend their services in the event that you are seeking legal support for your centre.

Gai Sinclair, Leasing Manager,

Merimbula Plaza Shopping Centre 

Meet the Emil Ford retail centre team ….

Garry Pritchard


Accredited Specialist - Property Law 

Garry has advised landlords and tenants, including small shopping centres as well as substantial  state and federal retail and commercial landlords for over 30 years. He delivers savvy and commercially astute advice and is known as a lawyer who gets these done by finding ways past legal and commercial obstacles.

Warwick van Ede

Special Counsel  

Warwick's property work has included subdivisions and property development, commercial and retail leasing and both commercial and residential sales and purchases. Warwick is a contributor to the forthcoming book Negotiating the Labyrinth of Retail Leasing.

David Ford


David has had many years experience in employment and contract law as well as company management and governance issues. Clients value his practical help and sound legal counsel.

Nathan Croot


Nathan advises clients on debt recovery issues including dispute resolution, enforcement of leasing and other contractual issues.  He can also advise clients on their obligations under the Privacy Act.


Retail/Shopping Centres
Suite 4 Level 5
580 George Street
Sydney NSW 2000
Phone: +61 2 9267 9800
Fax: +61 2 9283 2553