About the firm
Alex Ilkin is a solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales with over 40 years
legal experience and an acknowledged specialist in all aspects of strata schemes law,
community schemes law and building defect claims.
Alex regularly gives lectures on those legal specialties at seminars
conducted for University of New South Wales, the Australian College of Community Association
Lawyers, The College of Law New South Wales, Strata Community Australia (formerly known as the Institute of Strata Titles Management),
the Real Estate Institute of New South Wales, Legal Wise Seminars and the former Home Unit Owners
Association of New South Wales. For many years he also taught strata law at the University of
Western Sydney and various colleges throughout Sydney. Alex is a Fellow of the Australian College
of Community Association Lawyers and a current member of the Strata Community Australia.
He served as a member of both the New South Wales Government’s Strata Titles Act Review
Committee – which recommended to Parliament appropriate amendments to the Strata Titles Act 1973
(NSW) for the Strata Schemes Management Act 1996 (NSW) and of the Strata Management
Chapter of the Real Estate Institute.
He acts as legal advisor for owners, owners corporations, developers, strata managers, solicitors,
barristers and judges in strata matters. His plain English style of communication has proven very
popular with clients.
He is the author of the leading, reader-friendly textbooks on strata and community title law called:
- “NSW Strata and Community Schemes Management and the Law”, (now in its' fourth edition) which is often called the “Strata Bible”
- “Strata Legislation Handbook in NSW 2016-2017” published in 2017.
Both books are recommended texts for many property law
university courses. He has also published several articles on practical solutions to problems experienced in strata and community
schemes and TAFE in New South Wales. Alex often appears as a guest speaker on radio and has acted as solicitor in many of the leading edge
strata title cases decided in New South Wales Supreme Court, and Court of Appeal, Strata Titles Board, Consumer Trade and Tenancy Tribunal and Civil and Administrative Tribunal.
His superior court cases (found on the Austlii website) include:
- Norberry v The Owners – 66047  NSWSC 861 (construction defects in common property, compensatory damages, Supreme Court hearing or NCAT hearing?)
- Buzrio Pty Ltd v The Consumer, Trader & Tenancy Tribunal (No 4)  NSWSC 41
(Interim orders, compulsory strata managing agent, certiorari, indemnity for agent’s costs and legal costs).
- Buzrio Pty Ltd v The Consumer, Trader & Tenancy Tribunal  NSWSC 836
(Interim orders, denial of procedural fairness and compulsory strata managing agent).
- The Owners – Strata Plan No 35042 v Seiwa (Australia) Pty Ltd  NSWCA 36
(Maintenance and repair of common property, CTTT jurisdiction, lot boundary definition, rent loss claim, mandatory injunction).
- Riana Pty Ltd v The Owners – Strata Plan No 22336  NSWSC 1033
(Challenge unit entitlements, Makita principles, error or law).
- Symes v The Proprietors – Strata Plan No 31731  NSWCA 7
(Common property damage, maintenance and repair, lot boundary definition, error of law).
- Eventang Development (Pyrmont) Pty Ltd v The Owners – Strata Plan No 51573  NSWSC 452
(Proxies, quash Board’s decision, invalid resolutions, waiver and estoppel).
- Smith v The Body Corporate – Strata Plan No 22669 (1997) NSW Titles Cases 80-046
(Outstanding and retrospective levies, compulsory strata managing agent’s power and meetings).
Unsolicited testimonials include:
- "Just writing to say Thank you, Thank you, Thank you. We are delighted with the outcome and have no doubt that you are behind all the arguments .............. put forward on our behalf. We were very pleased to read that the proceedings were dismissed and we are due a reimbursement[From the defeated opponent]. Again, we appreciate everything you have done for us." LP
- “Thank you again for your brilliant presentation at mediation on 25 March. You cut through all the distractions so clearly and concisely and so professionally. We were astounded …” MG
- “Thanks for this revocation application. Looks great and a strong argument.” MC
- “Sincere thanks for achieving a positive outcome in my matter.” DD
- “Thank you so much for your friendly and professional service – and indeed, that of your staff – throughout the last 18 months.” MM
- “Thanks again for the expert advice you provided and your preparedness to work with us to meet the deadline of our AGM. The new bylaws will remove much ambiguity for current and potential owners in our complex and will add to the atmosphere of harmonious living we enjoy at ….” DM
- “Once again, thank you so much for your valuable assistance, we could not have done this without you.” MH
- “… I want you to know how much we appreciated the effort you put into our needs on such SHORT notice. Thanks very much.” RW
- “Thank you very much for this excellent effort. One of the most thorough and telling documents I have witnessed.” DD
- “a reimbursement [from the defeated applicant] ...”