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Professor Bill Duncan

Faculty of Law,
Law School


Professor Bill Duncan
Faculty of Law,
Law School
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LLM (University of London), LLB (University of Queensland)


Commercial leasing, Land Transactions, Mortgages, Property law, CPLRC

* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008


Background Professor Duncan, who was admitted as a solicitor in 1970, has been a member of the Law Faculty staff since 1986. He was a Director of the Centre for Commercial and Property Law within the Faculty from 1990-2002 inclusive. Prior to joining the Faculty he practised as a solicitor in Queensland from 1978 to 1985, and from 1973 to 1978 was a lecturer in law at the University of Queensland.He is currently the Co-Director (with S Christensen) of the Commercial and Property Law Centre  at QUT(since 2013). Specialist Consultancies From July 1989 he was a specialist consultant in property law matters at Feez Ruthning until 1996, Allen Allen & Hemsley until 2001, Allens Arthur Robinson until 2012 and, until June 2014, Allens Linklaters, Solicitors. He was a member of the Queensland Law Society Property Law and Practice Committee from 1979 to 1997 and participated actively during that time in the development of three editions of the Standard Land Contract in Queensland. He consulted on the 1996 REIQ contract for Houses and Land Conveyancing. With Professor Sharon Christensen, he has been  retained by Lexon Insurers to review the Conveyancing Protocol for Queensland since 2006. Government Consultancies He was in 1999 a specialist consultant to the Queensland Office of Fair Trading on real estate marketing practices and in 2002 in respect of the regulation of body corporate managers for the Department of Natural Resources and Mines.He is currently (2013-2017 ),with other  Faculty colleagues, undertaking a research consultancy to update Queensland property laws. He was a part-time member of the Queensland Law Reform Commission for three years from September 1997 until September 2000. Awards He has been an Academic Fellow of the Australian College of Community Association Lawyers since 2008 and a  became a Life Member of the Strata Community Association in 1997.He was elected as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law in 2012. Major Publications Professor Duncan’s books include

Land Contracts in Queensland (with S Christensen, WM Dixon and SE Jones,)Federation Press, 4th ed, 2016, 615pp.

The Construction and Performance of Commercial Contracts (with S Christensen) ,Federation Press,2014, 556pp

Professional Liability and Property Transactions (with S Christensen), Federation Press,2004, 464pp

. The Standard Land Contract in Queensland (with SE Jones), Lawbook C0 Ltd.,4th ed, 1996, 397 pp

Commercial Leases in Australia(with S Christensen) ,Thomson Reuters, 8th ed, 2017, 599pp.

The Law of Real Property Mortgages  (with WM Dixon)Federation Press,, 2nd. ed.2013, 478pp.

Due Diligence (with S Traves) Lawbook Co Ltd., 1995, 473pp.

Sale of Businesses in Australia (with S Christensen), Federation Press,2nd ed, 2009, 427pp.

Real Estate Agency Law in Queensland (with S Christensen) .Thomson Reuters,5th ed, 2016, 367pp.

He has also co-authored the books Foreign Investment Law in Australia (1994)and edited the books Planning and Environment Law in Queensland (1993) and Joint Ventures Law in Australia (3rd ed, 2012). He co-authored the major loose-leaf service Property Law and Practice (with Anne Wallace) since 1982. and from 2012 co-authored the on line service Commercial and Retail Leases in Australia for Thomson Reuters.Professor Duncan has also published over 50 major journal articles and 80 notes on Real Estate Law and Transactions and related matters since 1974. Research Interests

  • Property Law
  • Land Sale Contracts
  • Commercial Leases
  • Real Estate Mortgages
  • Real Estate Agency Law
  • Commercial Contracts

Details of his ARC  Discovery Grants participation appear under the tab Research Projects.

This information has been contributed by Professor Bill Duncan.


Units Currently Taught

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Professor Duncan was a regular specialist consultant in property law with the legal firm Allens Linklaters (and its predecessor firms) from 1989 until 2014. He particularly concentrated up0n property transactional issues   and particularly the sale and leasing of commercial premises  including retail leasing.

This information has been contributed by Professor Bill Duncan.


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Awards and recognition

Fellowship of a Learned Academy or Membership of AIATSIS
Reference year
For the advancement of the teaching of law

Research projects

Grants and projects (Category 1: Australian Competitive Grants only)

An Institutional Framework to Facilitate Sustainable and Integrated Natural, Cultural and Built Resources Governance
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
Start year
land ownership; land use; sustainable development; natural and cultural resources; property rights; governance;
An Integrated Legal Regime for a Sustainable Carbon Cycle
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
Start year
Sustainable Development; Property Rights; Natural Resources Law; Climate Change Regulation; Environmental Law
A legal framework for specifying and defining carbon property rights
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
Start year
Carbon Trading; Property rights in carbot; Commercial Transactions