In response to the "booming property market and a changing property landscape", Chief Justice Bathurst of the Supreme Court in NSW has announced the establishment of the Real Property List in the Supreme Court. From 1 June 2015, all matters that are to do with land must be commenced in the Real Property List. This includes:

  • Leases
  • Contracts for sale of land
  • Easements
  • Any action under the NSW property legislation, such as the Real Property Act 1900 (NSW)

Where proceedings involving land have already been commenced, these have now been transferred to the Real Property List.

Real Property List in practice

The Real Property List will be case-managed by Justice Darke and governed by its own Practice Note.

The Real Property List is designed to increase the efficiency of property matters in the Supreme Court. It will also provide a consistent approach to dealing with property and land disputes.

Colin Biggers and Paisley's property dispute resolution team specialises in property disputes and has a number of matters in the new Real Property List. Our team will appear in the Real Property List regularly and provide regular updates on the matters being dealt with, the decisions being handed down and the impact of these decisions, particularly on developers. The team includes Leanne Walker (Partner), and Grazia Zhou (Senior Associate). If you would like to receive regular updates, please email Leanne Walker on and we will ensure that the updates are provided to you.

This is commentary published by Colin Biggers & Paisley for general information purposes only. This should not be relied on as specific advice. You should seek your own legal and other advice for any question, or for any specific situation or proposal, before making any final decision. The content also is subject to change. A person listed may not be admitted as a lawyer in all States and Territories. © Colin Biggers & Paisley, Australia 2024.

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