Commercial Law

The firm’s commercial law focus encompasses a number of discrete areas. We are driven by the tenets of obtaining the best possible result in the most straightforward fashion.

Our services include:

  • trade practices advice
  • advice on contractual disputes with customers, suppliers and manufacturers
  • advice to owners, lessors and lessees (including commercial lease advice, negotiation and dispute resolution)
  • advice, risk management and dispute resolution for businesses and partnerships
  • advice and dispute resolution for company directors and shareholders (including directors’ duties and shareholder disputes)
  • business debt recovery
  • insolvency advice
  • advice and dispute resolution in industrial, commercial, residential and private insurance claims for insurers and claimants

Through the operation that spans meeting a new client, acquiring their business and reaching the best solution for them, we remain actively involved with them. This often also means we prepare commercial contracts for local and international transactions. Our areas of operation are:

ASSET PROTECTION

In this broad field, we can provide specific legal structures to help minimize the personal risk of directors and shareholders.

BANKING AND FINANCE

We render advice on all forms of banking and finance transactions whether our client is a borrower or lender – whether in the field of commercial finance facilities, construction finance,residential mortgage lending or any other. Negotiating the facility is another of our wide-ranging roles.

REAL ESTATE

We advise on buying, selling and developing residential, retail, commercial and industrial properties. We also extend our legal services to joint venture structures, residential and commercial conveyancing, commercial leasing, leasing and building management.

CORPORATE INSOLVENCY

In the areas of asset protection debt restructuring and debt recovery, we are known for our proficiency in providing timely and strategic advice to both debtor and creditor companies.

DIRECTORS’ LIABILITY

Our advice extends to advising company directors on their corporate legal responsibilities, suggesting ways by which they can minimise their exposure and risk in a demanding, complex and increasingly regulated corporate environment.

EMPLOYMENT LAW

This is an important and significantly growing area of law that involves drafting, negotiating and advising on employment contracts. In addition, with outsourced jobs being an increasingly growing phenomenon, we are now involved in advising both companies and individuals on employment issues in this area of business. We also help negotiate and implement redundancy strategies, and act in unfair dismissal matters.

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

An understanding of the growing need for the recognition and protection of intellectual property puts us at the forefront of rendering advice in this niche segment. Over the decades, we have secured an important place in the world of business and entrepreneurship by registering trademarks, drafting software development agreements and advising our clients on intellectual property licensing and transfers.

LITIGATION AND DISPUTE RESOLUTION

Guided by our firm’s philosophy of commercial realism, we allow our clients to use all available resources and strategies that could bring about a negotiated settlement. If all these attempts fail and, in cases where litigation is the only solution, we have shown our merit in commercial disputes involving partnership and corporate breakdowns, debt recovery and contractual disputes

PERSONAL LEGAL SERVICES

This forms a decidedly large part of our practice and includes the following areas:

RESIDENTIAL CONVEYANCING

Property transfers, whether big or small, are our forte.

WILLS AND ESTATE PLANNING

Our advice covers basic Wills to complex tax effective estate planning, taking into account corporate assets and holding and superannuation.