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Richard Holt
Associate Director

Richard HoltQualifications:
•  Bachelor of Economics and Laws (UQ)

Admitted to Practice:
Supreme Court of Queensland (1980)

Contact Details:
• Brisbane    | 61 7 3229 6099
• Gold Coast | 61 7 5597 8888
rholt@mslawyers.com.au

  • Areas of Expertise

  • Experience

  • Affiliations & Memberships
  • Personal & Community

•  Commercial and property transactions
•  Business transactions
•  Mortgage lending
•  Leasing
•  Business structuring
•  Business transactions
•  Personal business structures

Richard Holt has a breadth of experience in commercial litigation and property and business transactions developed over 30 years in full time practice.

Richard has practiced extensively as a litigation lawyer with many matters in the Supreme and Federal Courts as well as a number of high profile Full Court and High Court cases. This experience has been invaluable in shaping his attitudes to problem solving on behalf of clients and looking for the most practical and commercially realistic solutions to clients' difficulties.

As a result of this wide-ranging commercial business practice, Richard has developed experience in conducting small and large commercial transactions focused on high-quality work as well as obtaining a cost-effective outcome and result for clients.

Richard has worked on a number of high profile matters including:

  • All legal work associated with the acquisition of the Holiday Inn Hotel and Shopping Centre site, its construction, the development of the shopping centre and its ultimate sale to Japanese interests.
  • All work associated with the redevelopment of the Surfers Paradise Bowls Club and home unit building.
  • In the early 90's substantial work on significant high rise building developments known as Bayview Shores; and Fifth Avenue, at Burleigh Heads.
  • The formation of property syndicates specialising in the purchase and leasing of high quality commercial properties with long-term leases.
  • The sale of small and large shopping centres.
  • Superior Court litigation including a major stamp duty appeal against the Queensland Government, which was favourably resolved.
  • The establishment of a number of motor dealership sites on the Gold Coast.
  • Commercial leasing responsibility for a number of clients who have significant commercial properties on the Gold Coast.

Richard has always enjoyed close working relationships with clients, professional staff and secretarial staff wherever he has worked. He believes in the strength of these ongoing relationships to ensure delivery of legal services in a prompt and professional manner. Richard believes in being available to clients whenever necessary including out of hours contact when required.

•  Queensland Law Society
•  Vice President of the Gold Coast Business Excellence Awards since 2003
Richard's involvement with this community underlies his commitment to the area in which he lives and works. He has lived on the Gold Coast since 1980 and has four adult children. His mother lives on the Gold Coast as do a number of his nine brothers and sisters - the extended family is dynamic and boisterous.