We act for landowners, farmers, and developers. We are able to help you with all aspects of rural and vacant land transfers, including the transfer of farms, farming assets, subdivision and water access issues.

Farming & Agricultural Activities

green-field-farmingThe Darling Downs region is renowned for its horticulture, cereal, grains, irrigation, and grazing industries. Oakey is pivotal to the farming industry because of its high concentration of cattle feedlots, plus abattoir, stockfeed manufacturer, and grain trading businesses.

With offices in Toowoomba & Oakey, we are perfectly situated to meet with our farming clients in person, connect with them on a personal level, and understand the breadth of issues which affect them. At the end of the day, we also understand that farmers have better things to be doing than sorting out the legal complexities of farming transactions. We explain each transaction to our clients in language they can understand. We always try to talk to them and write our letters in plain English.

We have succesfully acted in thousands of agricultural transactions, each unique in its own way, concerning a breadth of issues including the sale of agricultural land, farming businesses, farming assets and water access issues.

Let us take care of your matter so you can get back to running your business. Call us today to discuss your matter on (07) 4616 9600, or via our contact page.

Vacant Land & Property Development

Are you looking to sub-divide, develop or build on a vacant block of land? Maybe you’re simply looking to purchase a vacant block of land for investment purposes?

We are able to provide you with advice on a range of issues, including transfer duty and land tax issues and concessions, the Queensland Government’s “Great Start” grant, easements, body corporate & community management issues, and planning requirements, just to name a few.

Each transaction is unique. Our solicitors will be able to advise you on the issues arising on each transaction and ensure that you comply with, and understand, all legal requirements. We will also provide you with an accurate estimate of the costs and outlays associated with each transaction so that you’re not caught off guard with hidden fees or charges.

Call us today for an obligation free discussion about your particular matter. All of our solicitors are available Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 5:00pm. Feel free to call us by phone on (07) 4616 9600, or meet with us in person at our Toowoomba or Oakey offices.



We have expertise in all areas of commercial law, including retail shop & commercial leases, the transfer of businesses and business’ assets, franchises, and the sale and purchase of commercial property.

Buying and Selling a Business

handshakeThe legal complexities involved in the sale and purchase of businesses are numerous.

They can include franchising issues, due diligence enquiries, confidentiality and employment issues, the assignment of leases or the transfer of commercial land and buildings, the transfer of stock, the registration and transfer of business names and other intellectual property, such as trademarks and other licenses, not to mention ensuring you put in place an appropriate business structure for taxation purposes and to minimise any risk which may arise over the course of the business’ operations!

The process can be exhausting! If it’s not managed properly, it can also be expensive and fraught with risk.

Why take the gamble? Avoid the stress and legal complexities and contact us today. Your transaction will be conducted by a solicitor with extensive experience in this complex area.

We will ensure that you fully understand the terms of your Contract, the steps that need to be performed, and recommend to you any due diligence enquiries which you should make. We will also speak with you, and write all of our letters, in plain English so that there is no confusion about what is involved in your transaction.

Retail Shop Leases

Whether it is a new lease, or you require advice on an existing lease, we have successfully navigated thousands of businesses through the legal complexities of retail shop leases.

We act for landlords and tenants, which gives us a unique perspective of retail shop leases from both sides of a transaction.

If you are a tenant, we will advise you about the entire process, from start to finish, including your disclosure obligations under the Retail Shop Leases legislation. We will also ensure that you are aware of, and understand, all important obligations under your lease so that you can focus on your business with peace of mind that you will not encounter any nasty surprises. In particular, we are astute to such issues as options to renew, turnover rent, rent reviews, assignment, and unlawful interference & compensation issues.

If you are a landlord, we will ensure that you comply with your disclosure obligations, and that you also receive timely and accurate advice about including certain clauses in the lease to protect your interests. This may include advice about obtaining any personal guarantees or a security deposit from your tenant.

Commercial Land & Buildings

As with residential conveyances, it is always better to get advice on a Contract before it is signed. This will ensure that a transaction to buy or sell commercial land or a building runs smoothly to settlement. In most cases, there is no additional cost for receiving this advice from us.

If you are a buyer, we will also be able to provide you with advice about including certain special conditions in a Contract, plus advice about planning issues and the range of searches which can be conducted to ensure that you are getting exactly what you pay for, without any nasty surprises. These searches may include environmental management and contaminated land searches.

Don’t take any risks. Rely on our experience to navigate these complex issues on your behalf. Contact us on (07) 4616 9600, or via our contact page.



We act for buyers and sellers. We have expertise in the conveyance of all forms of residential property, including houses, units, townhouses, off the plan developments, and all other types of dwellings.

Why Choose Us?

house-transfer-nov-5-breakoutWhen it comes to the most important property transaction of your lifetime, experience matters, and conveyancing practices don’t come with more experience than Darling Downs Conveyancing, which is a division of one of the Darling Downs’ oldest law firms, Groom & Lavers’ Solicitors.

We have helped tens of thousands of people purchase and sell property across Queensland and the Darling Downs. We have, after all, been helping people buy and sell property since 1893!

Even better, we’re local. We have offices across Toowoomba & Oakey. We know the local players and have the contacts, including agents, financiers, and mortgage brokers, to ensure that your transaction proceeds smoothly.

What We’ll Provide

We will explain the entire conveyancing process to you in language you can understand. We will talk to you and write our letters in plain English.

As part of a standard residential conveyance, we will also discuss the Contract with you and your agent before signing, and insert any clauses and conduct any necessary searches to protect your rights.

Over the course of your transaction, we will also liaise with your bank, attend settlement on your behalf, and take all necessary post-settlement steps, including paying any stamp duty, notifying the local Council of the transfer, and lodging all documents with the Land Titles Office.

All you need to worry about is enjoying your new purchase, or resting easy knowing that your sale will proceed smoothly with a minimum of fuss.

No Hidden Charges

In transactions involving residential land and dwellings, we are usually able to provide you with a precise quote which will include the amount of our professional fees, the cost to us of any searches which we conduct on your behalf and the amount of Stamp Duty which you will be required to pay to the Office of State Revenue (Queensland Government).

This means that there are no hidden costs!

We are constantly updating our Schedule of Fees to ensure that we remain one of the most competitive conveyancing practices in Queensland. If you require a quote in respect of our fees, please contact us on (07) 4616 9600 or via our contact page.