Commercial Law

Expert help at every step of the way for your business or charitable organisation, from buying or establishing, to succession and selling, and from contracts to commercial disputes.

Talk to us about the ways your organisation could benefit from having a trusted legal advisor on all matters of business and commercial law on hand, giving you peace of mind and allowing you to focus on your core business activities.

Business Sales and Purchases

Business sales and purchases are complex and require a range of legal skills. Our commercial law team has the experience to advise you of the legal issues you’ll need to consider, such as due diligence, structuring, taxation and employment issues. You can count on our commercial lawyers to prepare your sale and purchase agreement, and guide you smoothly through the process.

Business Partnerships

There will be several issues that need to be discussed and worked through between business partners before proceeding with a business partnership or venture. We specialise in providing advice in the area of business partnerships. Our experienced solicitors will work with you to ensure that the appropriate mechanisms are put in place at the start, and a suitable business partnership agreement is in place, to ensure the smooth running of any partnership or business venture.

Franchise Agreements

Our commercial lawyers have a wide range of experience in franchise law. If you’re thinking about buying a franchise, talk to us before you sign any franchise agreement, to ensure the contract meets your needs. We can also advise you on franchise law if you are a franchise vendor, or you’re thinking about franchising or licensing your business.

Business Financing Advice

Whether it’s a bank loan, borrowing from friends and family or a private equity investment, all businesses require funding. We have legal experts in commercial and business finance and funding. Our business and corporate finance lawyers can explain and advise the pros and cons of your transaction, and help ensure your business finance arrangement works for you.

Succession Planning

Succession planning is about looking ahead and developing an exit strategy for your business which allows you to pass control to someone else. Our business lawyers can advise you on how best to structure your business, so that it offers the greatest protection to your family and others you may wish to provide for, both now and in the future. We can also help you ensure that you realise sufficient capital from your business when you leave.

We frequently deal with farm succession planning, and you can contact our rural and agribusiness law team for specific help with this.

Business Disputes

Our commercial litigation team has the depth of experience to assist you with all business disputes, and can guide you successfully through the commercial dispute resolution process. We help with a range of commercial disputes including commercial contracts and leases, construction disputes and restraint of trade issues.

Contract Law

Almost every business transaction involves a contract. From a deal made with a handshake to a hundred pages of fine print, our contract lawyers have encountered it before, and can advise you on what you need to do to ensure your commercial contract is sound. We’ll work with you to ensure your contracts are structured to convey your wishes, and to minimise any risk to you.

We can also help you understand commercial contracts and agreements from other parties, ensuring you’re fully informed about what the contract involves before you sign it. Get in touch before you sign any business contract or commercial agreement, to avoid any surprises down the track.

Intellectual Property

From protecting trademarks to valuable trade secrets, we have significant experience in the area of intellectual property law. More and more modern business is based on intellectual property rights, which cover copyright law, patent law, trademark registration, design rights and plant rights.  Both common sense and specialist expertise are required to understand what your intellectual property rights are, how you could or should  protect them, and crucially how to make best use of your IP rights in a way that maximises your revenue.

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