Keighran Legal + Advisory offers international legal experience

Partnering with you to take on the world

Our lawyers have executed and advised on transactions in many parts of the globe, including Australia and Oceania, the Middle East, Africa, Europe and the United States and we’re available to advise and execute transactions in any jurisdiction – utilising local capacity where required.  

Our team’s global exposure has resulted in us developing a network of like-minded lawyers and advisory professionals in most major jurisdictions

International legal experience

International reach

Advancement in technology has brought the world closer together – even without international travel.

Many of our team have either worked abroad or managed transactions abroad from Australia. We have a working knowledge of transactional requirements across a range of jurisdictions, and can operate in an advisory capacity as required. 

Examples of our experience

Our experience abroad includes the purchase of hotels and serviced apartment buildings in Dubai, construction contracting for real estate development projects in Abu Dhabi, Fujairah and Saudi Arabia, the establishment of businesses in East Africa, as well as bids for the purchase of companies across Europe and the United States.

We also have notable experience in the hotel industry across Oceania, the Middle East, East and North Africa, and Eastern Europe.

Our networks

Our international experience assists us in assessing local partners who we work with on transactional and advisory mandates. 

We can operate in an advisory role to assist entry into global markets.

Team leaders

Duane Keighran, Managing Director, Keighran Legal + Advisory

Duane Keighran

Managing Director

Duane Keighran acts for developers, hotel operators, investors, fund managers, landlords, tenants, Community Housing Providers (CHPs), Indigenous businesses and government departments.

 He has received recognition in legal directories and has been noted as “well respected for his work with clients”. Duane is also recommended in Who’s Who Legal for Hospitality in Australia and is listed in Best Lawyers in Australia for Real Property Law.

Duane is also a passionate Non-Executive Director of NSWALC’s social and affordable housing provider, National Housing Limited, tasked with delivering improved housing outcomes for Aboriginal people across communities in New South Wales. A proud Gomeroi man, he has also provided pro-bono and advisory assistance to Indigenous businesses and individuals.


  • Real estate development, management and investment
  • Hotel and tourism related mandates
  • High value and stream commercial and industrial leasing
  • Social and affordable housing (rental and development)
  • Construction contracting and dispute avoidance

Duane is admitted to practice in New South Wales and holds both a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws from the University of New South Wales.

Outside of work, Duane is usually shuffling his kids between weekend sports, attempting to obtain some level of fitness at the local gym, or generally enjoying the company of his family and friends – preferably outdoors.

M:  +61 477 534 466     P: +61 2 8231 9900


Georgia Arya, Keighran Legal + Advisory Hotel legal team leader

Georgia Arya


Georgia Arya is a Director in our Hotels team bringing over 16 years of experience acting on major projects and transactions in Australia, the Middle East, East Africa, Asia, Europe, United Kingdom and America. Her experience spans various sectors liaising with numerous company boards, shareholders and government entities.

Her previous tenure as a Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel saw Georgia responsible for the legal affairs of a group of companies overseeing major projects and other business entities held in respective portfolios.

Her in-house background coupled with her extensive law firm experience gives Georgia unrivalled insight into the client perspective on engaging an external legal services provider and the type of legal support that is vital for companies.


  • Real estate and hotel development
  • Acquisition, sale and leasing
  • Licensing and administration
  • Branding and hotel management


Georgia holds a Bachelor of Laws from Bond University, Queensland. She is admitted to practice in the Queensland Supreme Court since 2005 and is a member of the Queensland Law Society. She holds a Bachelor of Laws degree in addition to a Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice.

Outside of work, Georgia enjoys keeping fit by attending every circuit and spin class she possibly can, as well as dining out and travelling to sample the various hotels the world has to offer (well, when travel was a thing).

M:  +61 457 467 589     P: +61 2 8231 9900


Premium Legal + Advisory services delivered through a commercial lense

Keighran Legal + Advisory provides commercially pragmatic legal solutions to the hotels, real estate and construction industries across Australia.  We are also wholeheartedly committed to contributing to the communities in which we work and live.

Proactive engagement

Our experience enables us to think ahead of the curve and proactively manage client outcomes

Commercially focused

Commercially focused, pragmatic and cost-effective service delivered in a collaborative manner

Industry Recognition

Our lawyers have been recognised by independent publications such as Who's Who Legal, Best Lawyers, Legal500 and Chambers Global

Full service

We provide a full life-cycle service, including deal structuring, transaction execution and dispute advisory services

Indigenous Outcomes

As a Supply Nation Certified business that is 100% Indigenous owned and managed, we focus on amplifying Indigenous talent

International Reach

Our lawyers have international experience and can assist in the execution and management of transactions in foreign markets

Embracing a beating heart, Connection to Community.

Sydney legal firm specialising in legal advice in real estate and construction