Alex Ilkin Strata Lawyers


Alex Ilkin

Alex Ilkin is the principal of Alex Ilkin Strata Lawyers a specialist law firm conveniently located in Castlereagh St Sydney and Mortdale New South Wales. Our firm provides specialised legal services in strata and community title disputes and management, planning and development, building and construction disputes, building and insurance claims, conveyancing and other matters.

In brief his key experience and expertise factors include:

  • Over 40 years specialist legal experience in fields of strata title law, community law and building defects.
  • Acted in many leading Supreme Court, Court of Appeal cases and Tribunal cases.
  • Author of the two leading plain English strata and community title law textbooks in New South Wales.
  • Regular strata law presenter at seminars conducted for the University of New South Wales, College of Law and many other well-known institutions.
  • Member of the NSW Government's Strata Title Act Review Committee which provided advice on improvements to the legislation.
Please take the time to fully investigate our website and feel free to contact us with any legal queries.

Mission Statement

  • Firstly, to amicably settle disputes between the client and opponents in the most expeditious and practical manner possible at the least expense. As a result, Alex's settlement success rate far exceeds that of many other lawyers.
  • Failing settlement, if requested by the client, to vigorously pursue litigation to achieve a result as favourable as can be to the client in accordance with the law.
  • For all other matters, to finalise them quickly, practically and at least expense.
Alex personally handles each matter with a "proactive hands on approach" as if it is his own personal problem to resolve.

Core Values

  • Honesty
  • Trust
  • Courtesy
  • Practicality
  • Expedition
  • Least expense

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, 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 entitled, “NSW Strata and Community Schemes Management and the Law”, (now in its' fourth edition) which is often called the “Strata Bible” and “Strata Legislation Handbook in NSW 2016-2017” published in 2017. Both books are recommended texts for many property law university and TAFE in New South Wales courses. He has also published several articles on practical solutions to problems experienced in strata and community schemes. 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.

Previous Cases

Some of his Supreme Court and Court of Appeal cases (found on the Austlii website) include:

  1. Norberry v The Owners – 66047 [2015] NSWSC 861 (construction defects in common property, compensatory damages, Supreme Court hearing / or NCAT hearing)
  2. Buzrio Pty Ltd v The Consumer, Trader & Tenancy Tribunal (No 4) [2010] NSWSC 41 (Interim orders, compulsory strata managing agent, certiorari, indemnity for agent’s costs and legal costs).
  3. Buzrio Pty Ltd v The Consumer, Trader & Tenancy Tribunal [2009] NSWSC 836 (Interim orders, denial of procedural fairness and compulsory strata managing agent).
  4. The Owners – Strata Plan No 35042 v Seiwa (Australia) Pty Ltd [2007] NSWCA 36 (Maintenance and repair of common property, CTTT jurisdiction, lot boundary definition, rent loss claim, mandatory injunction).
  5. Riana Pty Ltd v The Owners – Strata Plan No 22336 [2007] NSWSC 1033 (Challenge unit entitlements, Makita principles, error or law).
  6. Symes v The Proprietors – Strata Plan No 31731 [2003] NSWCA 7 (Common property damage, maintenance and repair, lot boundary definition, error of law).
  7. Eventang Development (Pyrmont) Pty Ltd v The Owners – Strata Plan No 51573 [2001] NSWSC 452 (Proxies, quash Board’s decision, invalid resolutions, waiver and estoppel).
  8. 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 [of our barrister] .............. put forward on our behalf. We were very pleased to read that the proceedings were dismissed and we are due a reimbursement. 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

Fields of Practice

  • Written advices on the law
  • Negotiating settlements
  • Mediation
  • Notices to comply
  • Tribunal orders, urgent and non-urgent
  • Civil and Administrative Tribunal hearings
  • Supreme Court, Court of Appeal, District Court and Local Court proceedings
  • Bylaw drafting
  • Bylaw enforcement
  • Strata management statement drafting
  • Strata management statement enforcement
  • Community management statement drafting
  • Community management statement enforcement
  • Company title and tenancy-in-common conversion to strata title
  • Defamation
  • Dividing Fences Act claims
  • Insurance claims
  • Telecommunication Agreements
  • Strata Agency agreements and termination
  • Caretaker agreements and termination
  • Meeting procedures
  • Tree disputes
  • Levy recovery
  • Local Court, District Court and Supreme Court proceedings
  • Company winding up
  • Enforcement
  • Collective Sale
  • Collective Redevelopment
  • Community title and strata management statements
  • Conveyancing (Residential, Commercial and Industrial)
  • Complex subdivisions
  • Excising common property from a strata scheme
  • Development contract documents
  • Development structuring
  • Easements and covenants
  • Leasing and licensing
  • Part building strata subdivisions
  • Torrens, strata and community subdivision
  • Staged developments
  • Councils 121B ( now ss 9.34 - 9.36 ) orders
  • Development Applications
  • Land & Environment court proceedings
  • Objections against development applications
  • Appeals against orders
  • Building defect warranty and negligence claims
  • Building defect insurance claims to NCAT and Courts
  • Home Building Act 1989 (NSW) advice
  • Home Building Act 1989 (NSW) litigation
  • Conveyancing (Purchases and Sales – Flat fee)
  • Wills
  • Powers of Attorney
  • Guardianship Appointments

Contact us

With over 40 years legal experience, Alex Ilkin welcomes all clients involved with strata schemes, community schemes and other legal matters.

Please don't hesitate to contact us today to discuss your legal requirements.

Alex Ilkin Strata Lawyers

Lawyer & Conveyancer Suite 3, 13 Morts Road Mortdale NSW 2223

Phone: (02) 9580 9199 (International diallers use country code +612) Fax: (02) 9580 9738 Email:

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