Sarah Merrett

Sarah Merrett

Special Counsel
Baker & McKenzie


Sarah Merrett is a special counsel in Baker McKenzie's Real Estate Practice Group in Brisbane. She has more than 11 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 operators and investors regarding the establishment of multiple solar farms in Queensland, New South Wales and South Australia.

  • 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)


  • 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)


Author, "Rixon v Horseshoe Pastoral Co Pty Ltd — equitable easement as an exception to indefeasibility," 32(10) APLB 164, 2017

Author, "Park and sail: construction of an easement for use of third-party facilities in connection with the use of marina berths," 32(9) APLB 144, 2017

Author, "Rights of pre-emption: lessons for grantors from Mayfair Property Holdings Pty Ltd v Southland Packers Pty Ltd [2016] QSC 27," Australian Property Law Bulletin, April 2016

Author, "Land reform and developing northern Australia: providing comfort to stakeholders," Australian Property Law Bulletin, August 2015

Co-author, "Defective Buildings and Pure Economic Loss: Builder Does Not Owe Duty of Care to Subsequent Owners," Australian Property Law Bulletin, December 2014