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Eloise Soper-Smith

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Prior to joining Grace Lawyers, Eloise was Associate to a Senior Member of the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal, who managed the Body Corporate and Building Disputes lists.   It was here that Eloise gained an appreciation for the very complex and specialised nature of strata law. Through this experience Eloise has intimate knowledge of Tribunal processes and the approach taken by decision makers in the Tribunal.

 Eloise graduated with a Bachelor of Laws with Honours and a Bachelor of Justice with Distinction from the Queensland University of Technology. She was admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of Queensland in June 2017.

 Eloise specialises in dispute resolution, general strata law advice and strata litigation.

 It is Eloise's determination and hard work that drives her to realise creative and successful outcomes for her clients. 

 'I believe a precedent has been set in the industry where it is difficult for bodies corporate to successfully exercise their rights under the legislation. We represent only bodies corporate so we know the hurdles it will face and are armed with skills and expertise to see it succeed.'

 Eloise works hard to support committees to resolve disputes before entering into litigation and successfully navigates complicated matters with competing demands from within the committee. 

 Notable results: 

  • After almost four years of dispute between a body corporate and caretaker, we successfully enforced the body corporate's rights to see proper performance under the caretaking agreement. After organising multiple cleaning audits and breaching the caretaker for their poor performance, on the last audit we had increased the compliance rate from approximately 50%, to 89%.
  • Eloise worked with a newly formed body corporate to exercise its rights after the developer for the scheme had imposed unfair and unreasonable terms on it through a caretaking agreement that was to run for at least 25 years. The duties included in that agreement were generic and ambiguous, and the remuneration to be paid was an exorbitant amount.  We successfully negotiated a new agreement with the developer that better suited the scheme and reduced the remuneration considerably.
  • A body corporate sought orders of an adjudicator against a lot owner in 2009. After being unsuccessful in that application, the body corporate engaged Grace Lawyers to assist. We drafted submissions requesting substantially the same outcomes as sought previously, and every order requested was made.