Cost effective and efficient agreements and advice

Commercial law

Our team of commercial and business savvy lawyers advise small to medium businesses on succession, ownership, structuring and appropriate agreements.

How we can assist you

We will help you every step of the way

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Understanding your needs

We ask questions and listen first and foremost in order to ensure that we fully understand your personal, professional and business goals. The outcome you seek to achieve is dependant on your goals. There is very rarely a one size fits all solution.

Our focus is ensuring that we fully appreciate what it is that needs to be achieved and precisely the areas in which our assistance may be required before providing you with strategic and individualised advice.

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Ensuring the right fit

Once we understand your goals, ambitions, and desired outcomes we then craft the approach that best fits your circumstances. We then make sure that you are teamed with the right lawyer not only for your matter but also one that can achieve the outcome sought within your budget and time schedules.


Your lawyer needs to not only work for you but with you to keep you focussed on your goals and results. Your lawyer must be someone you trust to act in your best interests at all times even on the rare occasion where you may lose sight of what that may be.

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Providing a tailored service

Once we understand fully how we can be of service to you and once we have paired you with your lawyer that is when we turn our attention towards each possible avenue and strategic pathway available to you in order to achieve your results on time and within your budget.

We believe that in order for you to best decide the next steps you need to be fully armed with all of the information, advantages, and disadvantages associated with each possible course of action. A tailored service by necessity requires a fully informed and holistically advised client.

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Frequently asked questions

We will provide you with the right advice

What can a business do to collect a debt?

If you have not recovered debt after reminders, negotiations and the like then the next step is to engage lawyers to issue a formal letter of demand. If this is ignored, then you may commence debt recovery proceedings at Court. In bringing your claim you will need to establish the agreement, its terms, delivery of the service or goods and then outline failure to pay for those services or goods. Once filed with the Court, the debtor generally has 21 days after being served with the Complaint/Statement of Claim to bring a defence. If they fail to do so then you are able to apply for default judgment and take steps to enforce the Court order for the debt.

What are the major business structures & how do I choose what is best for my business?

The four most common structures are being a sole trader, being in a partnership, establishing a company, and operating to the benefit of a trust. Each structure varies based on tax liability, asset protection, and establishment and maintenance costs. Considered advice that factors in your plans for the future and potential liability exposure is vital to ensure that the structure chosen by you best meets your needs.

How do I recover debt?

If you have not recovered debt after reminders, negotiations and the like then the next step is to engage lawyers to issue a formal letter of demand. If this is ignored, then you may commence debt recovery proceedings at Court. In bringing your claim you will need to establish the agreement, its terms, delivery of the service or goods and then outline failure to pay for those services or goods. Once filed with the Court, the debtor generally has 21 days after being served with the Complaint/Statement of Claim to bring a defence. If they fail to do so then you are able to apply for default judgment and take steps to enforce the Court order for the debt.

My partner has done something to endanger our business. What can I do?

It ultimately depends on what has occurred and the terms of any agreement between you. Where there is an appropriate document in place in relation to your business then often these documents will enable you to take steps to remove the person from your business and obtain remedy for any damage caused. Unfortunately, situations like this often necessitate extreme urgent action and litigation.

What can you do for me when I am selling my business?

A sale of business contract should be properly prepared and considered when selling your business. Parties need to be correctly identified, precisely which aspects of the business (whether assets, licenses, records and data bases) are being sold need to be identified and further you are at law required to make proper disclosure to a purchaser otherwise the purchaser may rescind the contract. Finally, if you operate from a leased premises, your landlord will need to consent to transferring or assigning the lease to the purchaser. Sales of business can be immensely complex, a lawyer will ensure that the process is completed smoothly and ensure that you are compliant with your obligations each step of the way.  

As the director of a company, how can I protect myself against being personally liable for debts owed?

Director liability may continue long after the deregistration of a company. In certain circumstances directors are held liable for the debts of a company. Careful asset protection strategies must be considered when establishing your corporate structure. The best advice possible is to ensure legislative compliance, not sign any guarantees personally and ensure that assets are not held in your personal name. Each matter and each business is different; your asset protection strategies need to be tailored towards your personal and professional circumstances.

How can a commerical lawyer assist me in a business dispute?

There are a number of legislative requirements that landlords need to comply with when leasing a commercial premises. A lawyer will review the lease, address any aspects that are not compliant, and furthermore may negotiate additional beneficial provisions on your behalf.

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