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With legislation imminent, our panel of experts will discuss the key changes and what this means in reality for all stakeholders including how to navigate the upcoming changes. If you are a committee member or building manager, this topic is essential to your role so you can get up to speed with the correct information to make informed decisions.

This week we are eager to announce our fourth expert Lawyer panellist who will speak at our upcoming education seminars we are hosting across Queensland. Future legal requirements for bodies corporate to implement legislation, compliance requirements, operational adjustments and navigating the changes, are key areas to be discussed.

Introducing Todd Garsden, Partner – Mahoneys

Todd leads Mahoneys’ body corporate practice. Admitted in 2013, Todd is an industry-leading body corporate lawyer who predominantly acts for bodies corporate, body corporate managers and lot owners on all matters affecting bodies corporate.

Todd’s body corporate clients include small-lot residential schemes, highly complex schemes, large residential schemes, resorts, commercial schemes and mixed-use schemes. His work for bodies corporate predominantly focuses on:

  • general advice concerning day-to-day management procedures, regulatory compliance, governance decision-making (including drafting of documents, motions and agreements); and
  • managing various transactions including assignments, variations, extensions and common property leases.

As an active member of the Strata Community Association of Qld (SCA), in 2019 he was appointed to the SCA legislation committee and assisted in making submissions on behalf of the SCA and the industry on legislative reform in body corporate law, he also regularly shares his knowledge and experience with body corporate managers and other industry stakeholders through newsletters, published articles, webinars and body corporate manager training.

A team of specialist body corporate lawyers support Todd with a mix of advice, transaction, town planning, construction, development, dispute and litigation experience along with Mahoneys’ other practices extending to litigation (led by Ben Seccombe) and property (led by John Mahoney).

Mahoneys was named “Law Firm of the Year” at the 2023 SCA awards.

Want to hear Todd Garsden talk about how Bodies Corporate can best prepare themselves legally for the upcoming legislation changes? He will be speaking across our Airlie Beach, Townsville and Cairns regions which you can register for now:

Airlie Beach – Wednesday 1st May,  4.30pm for 5.00pm start, Coral Sea Resort – Register Here

Sunshine Coast– Thursday 9th May, 4.30pm for 5.00pm start, Maroochy RSL – Register Here

Gold Coast– Wednesday 15th May, 4.00pm for 4.30pm start, Heritage Bank Stadium – Register Here

Townsville– Wednesday 22nd May, 5.00pm for 5.30pm start, Mercure Townsville – Register Here

Cairns– Thursday 23rd May, 5.30pm for 6.00pm start, Crystalbrook Riley – Register Here 

Brisbane– Wednesday 29th May 6.00pm for 6.30pm start, Pat Rafter Tennis Arena – Register Here

If you’re wondering who will be our final expert lawyers panellist, stay tuned for next weeks update!

Smart Strata and foundation partners, Archers the Strata Professionals, deliver these community education seminar series providing education to strata communities across the state.

We look forward to seeing you there.

If you have any questions, please email

See you in May!

The Smart Strata Team

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