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Commercial

Overview

Whatever business you’re running or investing in, we take it seriously. We take the time to make sure we understand what you want to achieve, so we can give you advice in line with your objectives.

Getting the structure right

We’ve helped many people to invest in an existing business or to start one up from scratch. Most fundamental is advice on business model structuring.

We can help you to decide whether to invest in a business on your own or by using a company, a unit trust, a discretionary trust, a joint venture or a partnership. Whatever structure you decide is best for you, we’ll help you to document and implement it, keeping a close eye on the protection of your assets and interests.

You and your business partners

If you’re going into business with someone else, we can create an appropriate agreement which sets out the rules to cover the full range of contingencies in that business relationship.
This covers how to proceed if one party wants to sell, what happens if one party gets divorced or dies, arrangements for payment of expenses and capital and procedures for resolving disputes between business partners.

Ongoing support

Once your business is up and running, we can offer you general commercial advice about any aspect of it. This includes intellectual property matters, tax, purchase or lease of business premises and employment of staff or contractors.
So we’ll never leave you in the lurch. As your business partners and trusted advisors, we’ll always be just a phone call away.

Expertise

  • Advice on investment in real estate, retail, technology and project businesses
  • Establishment of new companies
  • Business and transaction structures (including mergers and acquisitions)
  • Buying and selling businesses
  • Business due diligence
  • Ownership structures for asset protection
  • Partnership agreements
  • Joint venture agreements
  • Tenancy in common agreements
  • Purchase or lease of business premises
  • Involvement of additional investors
  • Consultancy agreements
  • Distributorship agreements
  • Employment of staff and contractors
  • HR advice
  • Intellectual property advice
  • Advertising, sponsorship and marketing rights
  • Capital gains tax advice
  • Franchise agreements, general franchise law and franchising advice
  • Product development, invention, manufacture and delivery
  • Product licences
  • Trade Practices Act advice, including restrictive trade practices, resale price maintenance and refusal to supply
  • Shareholder agreements
  • Service agreements
  • Strategic alliances
  • General commercial advice

Publications


Will illegal downloaders be forced to pay their dues and join the Club?

On 7 April 2015, the Federal Court of Australia handed down a landmark ruling involving piracy and privacy, and internet account holders with the Internet ...

17 Apr 2015 / Susan Walsh, Senior Associate and James Skelton, Solicitor read more
New ALRC privacy tort and the celebrity photo hacking scandal

The Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) released its report on its inquiry into the prevention of, and remedies for, serious invasions of privacy in ...

17 Sep 2014 / Susan Walsh, Senior Associate read more
Copyright Amendments Foreshadowed: ISPs and content providers beware

The Australian Attorney-General has released its public consultation paper regarding Online Copyright Infringement. The consultation foreshadows ...

13 Aug 2014 / Kelly Marshall, Senior Associate read more

Recent ACCC enforcement activities serve up 'food for thought'

Recent ACCC enforcement activities have focused on false credence claims in relation to food products. This article provides a brief overview of relevant ...

14 Jul 2014 / Susan Walsh, Senior Associate read more

Making Google forget - where to next?

The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) recently held that Google must, if an individual requests, remove or block personal data from search ...

11 Jun 2014 / Susan Walsh, Senior Associate read more

Association Memberships
Tristan Jepson Memorial Foundation
  • 2017 - Winner Lawyers Weekly 30 Under 30 Awards
  • 2017 - Finalist Lawyers Weekly Australian Law Awards
  • 2017 - Finalist Lawyers Weekly Women in Law Awards