Our Expertise



Business and Commercial matters

Our Commercial Team is here to work with you to achieve better business outcomes. We speak your language and understand your needs. Let's get down to business.

Our Business and Commercial team has in depth experience across all business transactions relating to a variety of industries from the negotiation of deals, drafting of documentation and due diligence, right through to settlement.

Our Expertise

  • Acquisition and sale of shares, corporations and businesses
  • Competition and trade practices issues
  • Due diligence procedures
  • Taxation
  • Corporations act and corporate governance
  • Intellectual property
  • Leasing issues
  • Licensing issues
  • Regulatory approvals
  • Planning requirements
  • Finance and security
  • Third party dealings
  • Structure advice

We have extensive experience in advising major corporations, small and medium enterprises, private and family-owned businesses, high-net-worth individuals, start-ups, and insolvency practitioners on all aspects of corporate law including Corporations Act compliance, director's duties and shareholder rights.

Our Expertise

  • Corporate Governance
  • Shareholder Agreements
  • Insolvency Advice
  • Company constitutions
  • Corporations law advice
  • Directors' duties and indemnities
  • Competition and consumer law
  • Personal Property Securities Act
  • Sales of Businesses, Sales of Shares and Restructuring
  • Sales and Purchases of Commercial premises
  • Leasing (Retail and Commercial Leases and leasing disputes)

We have been an advisor to hotel owners and operators, clubs, restaurants, bars, packaged liquor outlets, wineries and other licensed businesses for over 50 years.

Our Expertise

  • Liquor licensing and regulation
  • Sale and purchase of hospitality businesses
  • Gaming licensing and regulation
  • Leases of hotel and gaming venues, clubs and other hospitality venues
  • VCAT proceedings

Our leasing team has extensive experience in negotiating and drafting leasing agreements on behalf of landlords and tenants. We assist landlords in managing large commercial, retail and industrial leasing portfolios and advise tenants who are looking to enter into new commercial or retail lease agreements.

Our Expertise

  • Commercial and retail leases
  • Sub-Leases
  • Renewals
  • Variations
  • Rent relief negotiations

Our commercial lawyers have significant experience advising on and establishing asset structures as well as advising on disputes related to these structures. In addition they can advise on asset protection structuring via companies, trusts and self-managed superannuation funds.

Our Expertise

  • Mergers and acquisitions, capital raisings, sale or purchase of units in a Trust
  • Commercial agreements
  • Trust deeds (discretionary and unit trust deeds)
  • Business succession and estate planning
  • Restructuring

We have experience in the registration, protection, commercialisation and management of intellectual property across various industries in all areas of intellectual property law including trade-marks, copyright, designs, patents, domain names and confidential information.

Our Expertise

  • IP licensing and commercialisation arrangements
  • Trade mark registration and objections
  • Domain names and registrations
  • Copyright infringements and protection
  • Confidentiality agreements and protection
  • Competition and trade practices issues

Our Employment Law and Workplace Relations team advises employers and employees/contractors in relation to employment and contractor agreements, workplace policies, redundancies, unfair dismissals and other workplace disputes. We act for both employers and employees at the Fair Work Commission, Federal Circuit Court and Federal Court.

Our Expertise

  • Employment agreements
  • Workforce restructuring
  • Advising on employment legislation
  • Dismissals
  • Redundancies
  • Confidentiality, IP and privacy obligations
  • Workplace training and OHS
  • Drafting internal policies and procedures
  • Discrimination issues
  • Post-employment restraints
  • Contractor agreements
  • Employee share schemes

We have extensive experience advising business owners, company directors, receivers, administrators, liquidators and creditors on their rights and responsibilities in insolvency and Bankruptcy. We have expertise in corporate insolvency and personal insolvency litigation and matters which require investigations, examinations, advice, enforcement options and litigation proceedings.

Our Expertise

  • Unfair preferences, uncommercial transactions, insolvent trading, loan accounts and breaches of director's duties
  • Small Business Restructuring (SBR)
  • Voluntary administration and options
  • Bankruptcy and alternative options
  • General insolvency litigation
  • Corporate insolvency issues including the PPSR, proof of debts, disclaimer of assets and remuneration
  • Receiverships
  • Public examinations
  • Deed of company arrangement and sale of assets agreements

Our team has extensive experience advising businesses and government in relation to all forms of commercial disputes including contractual disputes, insurance law, defamation, debt recovery, shareholder disputes and oppression, and building cases.

Our Expertise

  • Contract and property disputes
  • Debt recovery
  • Defamation, media and publishing
  • Professional indemnity and regulation
  • Australia Consumer Law
  • Confidential information and non-competes
  • Shareholder disputes
  • Trade practices
  • Tax disputes
  • Personal Injury
  • Government authority prosecutions
  • Intellectual property
  • Owners' Corporation disputes and claims

We have a well-established and substantial insurance litigation practice including injury cases and property damage disputes. We are proud of our reputation for fairness, tenacity and integrity in our court work.

Our Expertise

  • Professional indemnity
  • Personal injury
  • Director's and Officer's insurance
  • Australian Consumer Law
  • Public and product liability
  • Institutional Claims including educational, religious institutions and sporting clubs and associations
  • Asbestos litigation
  • Recoveries and property damage
  • Medical claims

Laying the legal groundwork in the early stages of a project ensures fixing any problems that arise down the track aren't as costly as they could be. It's about managing expectations and the obligations of all parties involved. If a dispute arises, the best course of action may involve being flexible on expectations, rather than demanding compensation. Ultimately, everyone is working to the same goal - a successfully completed project.

Construction contracts are often lengthy and complex documents, so getting them right demands advice from lawyers who understand the realities of the industry. We ensure contracts meet the specific requirements of each project and relate to all parties involved - builders, developers, consultants, engineers and architects. And if a dispute arises, we identify the root cause of the issues and offer solutions. We work with our clients to resolve their problems in a quick, responsive way.

We advise on commercial and residential construction across all areas of expertise, in particular:

  • Commercial or Domestic building defects and claims
  • Contract Reviews and Advice
  • Dispute advice and management
  • Litigation
  • Project reviews

We understand chasing debt and unpaid invoices can be a frustrating experience which can ultimately hurt your cash flow and business profits. Competent legal representation sends debtors a clear message, which will inevitably save you time and money in recovering money you are rightfully owed. Whether you are a business with customers failing to pay or an individual recovering personal debt due to a loan agreement, we can help.

Our process

  • Letter of Demand
  • Contact the Debtor
  • Negotiation
  • Legal Action
  • Settlement of the Debt

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