Commercial and Business Law

Buying and Selling a Business

There are many legal issues to consider before you buy or sell a business. For buyers we can conduct a legal due diligence of a business before you commit unconditionally. For sellers we can help you to understand what you can do from a legal perspective to prepare your business for sale. As experienced commercial solicitors, we can assist in the drafting and negotiation of business sale contracts and once you have a signed contract we can act for you through to completion and beyond. We have a lot of experience in this area and would love to speak to you at any stage.

Commercial Contracts

We regularly act for clients in respect of a very broad range of commercial contracts including agency agreements, licence deeds, services agreements, confidentiality deeds and deeds of restraint. We can draft contracts to suit all types of business and commercial arrangements and also review and advise you on any kind of contract you may be required sign. We also have the experience to guide you through the negotiation process to achieve practical outcomes and to add value to your business.

Shareholder or Partnership Agreements

When people go in to business together, either as partners, as shareholders in a company or as unitholders in a trust, it is important to document the terms of the arrangements between those parties. This will often include conditions about how the business is to be managed and the process to be followed when one party seeks to sell his or her share. We can offer guidance about what such agreements should cover and draft and negotiate all relevant documentation.

Share and Unit Sale Agreements

Many of our clients buy and sell shares in companies and units in trusts holding business assets. We often draft or review share and unit sale agreements. Where companies and trusts hold business assets, we can conduct a legal due diligence of those assets for buyers and, for sellers, help them to understand from a legal perspective how to prepare their assets for sale.

Terms of Trade

Businesses should clearly document the terms of their agreements with customers and other parties that they deal with.  We can tailor such terms for all aspects of your business including customer agreements, supply and purchase agreements and licensing or distribution agreements.

Franchising

The franchising industry is heavily regulated. The Franchising Code of Conduct applies to a very broad range of business models. We can provide advice on all aspects of franchising and have extensive experience reviewing and advising on franchising agreements and disclosure statements.

Personal Properties Securities Act

This relatively new legislation has made significant changes to the law governing how security is taken over personal property. All business owners should consider the impact of this legislation on their operation. We can advise you about this and all other aspects of the law in respect of security and finance.

Trusts and Corporate Services

It is important to understand the implications of the various options open to you in establishing legal entities to own property or business assets. We have broad experience in advising clients on the establishment of companies and trusts for such purposes and in many other areas of corporate law and trust law.

Arts Law

Artists and other participants in the arts industry engage in a broad range of contractual relationships and need to be aware of intellectual property issues such as copyright and moral rights.  We can provide advice about all aspects of arts law and assist in drafting and negotiating key contracts and terms of trade.

Equine Law

Horse business is serious.  Both the horse racing and recreational industries require a range of advice and contracts including agistment agreements, purchase and sale contracts, joint ventures and syndicates.  Please contact us for assistance with any of these.

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