Buying or selling property?

COVID-19 Response

FitzGerald and Browne Lawyers is still open and currently operating without face to face meetings to the greatest extent possible.

Phone and other electronic means of communication are preferred. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any queries. 

Whether you are buying, selling, transferring or subdividing Tasmanian property, our team of experienced professionals is here to help you through the process.

Our conveyancing team is led by a lawyer, Richard Griggs, with the assistance of Mel Karpinskyj, who are both dedicated to ensuring our clients have a smooth transaction that goes ahead without a problem and without unnecessary stress.

We understand that when you are negotiating a sale or purchase of property you need access to prompt advice and assistance. We pride ourselves on being accessible and responsive to your requirements.

We ensure our service is as efficient and effective as possible. It is rarely necessary to meet face to face. Contact through email, telephone, post and fax is usually all that is required. This means we can assist you with your transaction, even if you and/or the subject property are based outside the Hobart area.

Telephone: (03) 6224 6777

Email us:

Office: Level 2, 115 Collins Street, Hobart Tasmania 7000

Mailing Address: GPO Box 1951, Hobart Tasmania 7001

Richard Griggs

Richard Griggs


Richard joined FitzGerald and Browne in 2020 after working as an in-house lawyer for the University of Tasmania. His work now involves helping people successfully navigate the challenges of buying and selling property and also representing defendants in criminal law matters.

Richard appreciates buying or selling a home or investment property is likely to be one of the largest investments or transactions of a lifetime. His priority is providing clear legal advice and high quality service to all clients in their property transactions.

 In the criminal area, Richard has represented people in the Magistrates Court charged with a range of criminal offences. He ensures his clients receive good legal advice, time to consider their options and a fair hearing.

Outside of work hours, Richard volunteers in the role of Tasmanian Director of Civil Liberties Australia and is an advocate for human rights.

Frequently asked questions…

What is Conveyancing?

Conveyancing is the process of transferring legal ownership of property. Our lawyer, assisted by a conveyancing clerk, ensures that the property is transferred free from unwanted encumbrances, like mortgages or caveats, and that there are no nasty surprises associated with the title of the property. We also arrange for registration of documents needed to effect the transfer of title.

Why do I need a lawyer?

it is best to have a lawyer manage the conveyancing process, which can include tricky legal difficulties. Using a lawyer can save you a lot of time, hassle and money to ensure the deal goes through on time without delay. 

What happens at settlement?

Settlements generally involve the solicitors or conveyancing agents for the purchaser and seller meeting to exchange the necessary documents and funds to effect the transfer of the property. If there is a mortgage associated with the property then an agent from the bank normally attends settlement as well.

Do I need to attend settlement?

No. We will attend settlement on your behalf and let you know when settlement is complete.

How much does it cost?

Costs for conveyancing vary. To obtain a cost estimate for your matter please call us on (03) 6224 6777.

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