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Fran Zhao - Senior Solicitor

About Fran Zhao

Career to date

Fran joined Gibson Sheat in October 2015. She is a solicitor in our property and commercial teams. Fran acts for clients on a variety of property and commercial matters including residential and commercial purchases, refinancing, sale and purchase of businesses, franchising, leasing, subdivisions, shareholder agreements and shareholder disputes.

Fran speaks fluent Mandarin and is committed to helping Mandarin speaking clients, or those who prefer speaking Mandarin.

My recent work
  • Acting for developers to draft agreements for the sale of multi-lot developments and subdivisions.
  • Advising on disputes and deadlocks between shareholders.
  • Acting for commercial landlords and tenants on leasing matters.
  • Acting for Mandarin speaking clients on the purchase of a property, involving inter-family gifts/loans.
My approach to working with my clients

Every client’s circumstances and requirements are different, so it’s very important to take the time to listen - understanding a client’s situation is paramount to delivering pragmatic advice and tailored solutions that will best achieve the desired result.

The best piece of advice I've ever been given

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.” - Dr. Seuss

What stimulates me?

Unexpected challenges and the rewards that come with it.

What I enjoy outside of work

Spending time with friends, reading a good book, and exploring the world.

If I wasn't a lawyer I'd...

be an architect. I'd love to work on the restoration and conservation of historic buildings.