Sarah Merrett

Sarah Merrett

Baker & McKenzie


Sarah Merrett is a partner in Baker McKenzie's Real Estate Practice Group in Brisbane. She has more than 14 years' experience advising on real estate transactions, property developments, infrastructure projects and tenure issues. Sarah's experience has been gained from advising clients in both government and private sectors.

Practice Focus

Sarah advises on various property and related matters, drawing from her keen interest in the area of property law to align with her clients' commercial drivers where possible. She provides property advice in respect of large projects, and has brought to settlement both acquisitions and disposals of assets. Sarah also has extensive experience in leasing and licensing transactions, in relation to commercial, retail and industrial assets. She has worked closely with other practitioners in relation to zoning laws, mortgagor default issues and land use arrangements. Her current practice focuses primarily on the renewables and hotel sectors, commercial leasing and capital transactions.

Representative Legal Matters

  • Advised landowners, developers and investors regarding the establishment of multiple solar and wind farms, battery facilities and mixed projects in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia and advised in relation to pumped hydro, hydrogen and sustainable aviation fuels projects.

  • Advised vendors and purchasers regarding the acquisition and disposal of various Queensland hotel assets.

  • Advised the vendor regarding the sale and leaseback of a large tourist facility.

  • Provided tenure and titling advice in relation to residential, industrial and commercial developments, pipelines, tollways, mines and agricultural holdings.

  • Provided whole of complex office, retail and industrial leasing advice in relation to multiple CBD and CBD fringe buildings and other developments, from both an institutional landlord and incoming tenant perspective.

  • Acted for financiers in relation to financing various Queensland assets or enforcing securities in respect of various assets.

  • Provided property advice in respect of various business acquisitions and takeovers.


  • Queensland Supreme Court~Australia (2008)
  • High Court of Australia (2008)


  • Southwestern Institute for International and Comparative Law (Certificate) (2018)
  • College of Law (Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice) (2008)
  • Queensland University of Technology (Bachelor of Business Accounting, with Distinction) (2008)
  • Queensland University of Technology (Bachelor of Laws, First Class Honors (University Medal)) (2008)

Sarah is a member of the editorial panel of the Australian Property Law Bulletin 

Author, "Market rent determinations: when expert determination is not determinative", Australian Property Law Bulletin, 2021

Author, "Selling a business in COVID-19 times: Government directions, frustration and a going concern", Australian Property Law Bulletin, 2020 

Author, "Retail tenants exercising an implied right to compensation and the benefit (beyond indefeasibility) of a registered lease (even on holdover): Goldsmith v AMP Life Ltd", Australian Property Law Bulletin, 2020

Author, "Compelling a co-owner to sign a client authorisation form under s 49 of the Property Law Act 1958 (Vic) to enable settlement under a contract of sale", Australian Property Law Bulletin, 2019

Author, "Mortgages and cheques: recovering a debt acquired from the original financier and recovering interest until a cheque payment clears" Australian Property Law Bulletin, 2018

Author, "Disclosing land on the Contaminated Land Register or the Environmental Management Register in Queensland: is uploading a search result in a data room sufficient?" Australian Property Law Bulletin, 2018