Recognised expertise in the hotel and accommodation industries

We work with international and local hotel and serviced apartment operators, asset owners, fund managers, consultants and investors, who each benefit from our holistic understanding of the sector.

Our highly experienced team are sought after by clients for their deep expertise in transactional and advisory mandates across the hotels sector.

Legal advice in hotel and accommodation

Sales and acquisitions

We manage data rooms, undertake vendor and purchaser due diligence, prepare contracts for sale, negotiate transaction documents and deal with transitional and completion arrangements.

Hotel management arrangements

We negotiate hotel management and related agreements on behalf of operators and owners, including franchise agreements, leases and bespoke and transitional arrangements (including rebranding of existing assets).

Mixed use arrangements

We advise on mixed use projects within a hotel accommodation lot, including drafting appropriate management and co-owner’s governance structures and bylaws.

Branded residences

We structure, negotiate and document branded residence schemes and royalty payment structures.

Liquor licencing

We make applications for liquor licences, including new grants, removals and transfers in all states and territories (utilizing local agents where necessary), and lodge necessary appeals to NSW Civil and Administrative Appeals Tribunal (NCAT). 

Project development

On behalf of developers who co-invest, we structure development and security arrangements through Project Development Agreements, Project Delivery Agreements, or joint venture arrangements. 

FIRB advice

We advise foreign investors on Foreign Acquisitions and Takeovers Act 1975 (Cth) requirements and applications to the Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB) for any required regulatory approval (if required).

Legal advice in hotel and accommodation

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, Indigenous businesses and government departments, and has led on recognised hotel development and transactional mandates in Australia, Oceania, the Middle East and Europe.

Consistently ranked in legal directories Legal 500 and Chambers Global as “well respected for his work with clients”, Duane is also recommended in Who’s Who Legal for Hospitality in Australia and listed in Best Lawyers in Australia for Real Property Law.

A proud Gomeroi man, he is also a 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.


  • Hotel and tourism related mandates, including liquor licencing, franchising and branded residences
  • Sale and acquisition of hotel and tourism assets
  • Accomodation leasing structures
  • Real estate development, management and investment

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 4 7753 4466      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

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