Whether you’re a start-up, planning to buy or sell a business, or looking for advice on a business dispute, our team of expert business lawyers can help.
We have been serving Australian businesses for 15 years, and have extensive experience across all the industries our clients operate in. We offer a wide range of practical legal solutions for individuals, start-ups and small to medium sized enterprises.
Our team of business lawyers can help you with:
- Business structures: If you are establishing a new business enterprise we can help you make sure that you are setting the business up soundly, whether by partnership, joint venture, company, trust or franchise. If you’re looking to restructure your business we can help with partnership dissolutions and corporate restructures.
- Business contracts: Our commercial lawyers can prepare or review all types of legal contracts including purchase or sale of business, Put and Call Options, franchise agreements, supply agreements, service agreements, distribution agreements, partnership agreements, commercial contracts. We’ll make sure that the contract terms and conditions are suitable for your business now and into the future and ensure that due diligence standards are met. For buyers, we ensure that you get what you pay for – for sellers, we help minimise risks associated with selling a business.
- Commercial disputes and commercial litigation: We offer dispute resolution services and business litigation covering a wide range of problems including breach of contract, building and property disputes, debt recovery, copyright infringement, partnership disputes and corporations law.
- Corporations law: We can assist with shareholders agreements, advice on corporate governance and documenting company administrations.
- Franchises: If you’re looking to buy into a franchise we can help you go through the franchise agreement and franchisor disclosure documents to make sure that you are aware of all of the issues that could make or break your new business.
- Copyright, trademarks and patents: We can help you manage and enforce your intellectual property rights, including litigation where needed. We can also help you with registering designs, patents and trademarks.
- Property and leasing: We can assist with retail leasing and commercial leasing for both landlords and tenants. We can also assist with the sale or purchase of commercial property.
- Commercial law and small business legal advice: We offer small business legal help in a wide range of matters including trade practices law and consumer law.
- Workplace and employment: We can draw up or review employment contracts and workplace agreements as well as assist with disputes and unfair dismissals. We can also assist with occupational health and safety issues.
- Bankruptcy and insolvency: We can assist with the whole process of recovering money owed to you from an initial Letter of Demand through to Statement of Claim and Court Judgment.
- Taxation and finance: We can draft and review mortgages, guarantees, charges and other securities documentation as well as advise in regard to GST, Capital Gains and Land Tax.
- Business succession and asset protection: You need a plan in place to make sure that your business and personal assets are protected. We can work with your business and family to devise a plan that keeps your hard won assets safe through unit, discretionary and family trusts, Wills and/or Powers of Attorney.
- General legal advice if you are starting a business
- Advice in regard to business structures including partnerships, trusts and corporations
- Business name registration
- Partnership and joint venture agreements
- Buying and selling a business
- Lease agreements
- Guarantees and security documents
- Bankruptcy and debt collection
- Estate and succession planning
- Advice in regard to business management and administration
- Employment law including employment contracts, employee rights, unfair dismissal and confidentiality agreements
- Administrative law
- Copyright and intellectual property law
- Advice on legislative requirements, including corporate structure, governance and compliance
- Corporate and commercial litigation in Court
- Advice in regard to tax law including capital gains tax
- Advice for non-profit organisations and charities
- Corporate mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures and sales
- Lending agreements & the securities market
- Employee share and & option schemes
Buying or Selling a Business
Auslegal has the senior lawyers with necessary skills and experience to advise you on the purchase or sale of a business. We can assist you with business types including companies, partnerships, and trusts.
Each party to a sale or purchase of business transaction should be independently advised by a lawyer and an accountant.
A business may be purchased by purchasing the business assets or the shares in the company or interests in the trust.
Due Diligence – when buying a business it is essential that a thorough due diligence review has been conducted prior to finalising the purchase. Due diligence is also equally important when an entity seeks investment or listing on an Exchange as the Directors may be held personally liable for statements that they make in Disclosure Documents.
We can advise you as to:
- Business structures
- Lease terms
- Put and Call options
- Goodwill and valuation of business assets
- Tax considerations
- Liaison with financial institutions
- Transfers of liquor licences and poker machine entitlements
- Transfers of equipment licences
- Franchising agreements
- Conducting due diligence searches and inspections
- Organising and attending settlement
We can assist with:
- Drafting employment contracts, terms and conditions
- Providing representation for cases of unfair dismissal
- Drafting and negotiating the resolution of industrial and workplace disputes
- Offering advice for workplace contracts, including financial advice for termination of employment
- Offering advice regarding employee and company taxation concerns
- Drafting and negotiating enterprise agreements
- Protection of intellectual property
- Drafting terms and conditions of internet and email usage
- Discrimination and harassment issues
We can provide assistance with:
- Drafting and negotiating the resolution of industrial disputes
- Advising clients for workforce restructuring
- Drafting and negotiate policies and procedures
- Statutory obligations under Commonwealth and State legislation
- Risk management of workplace hazards
Our clients include small to medium-sized businesses, large corporations, universities and inventors. Our intellectual property lawyers seek fair protection for our clients and equitable financial results for any misuse of intellectual property in the commercial arena.
We offer significant litigation experience and specialised services for intellectual property law including expert representation in Court to protect our clients’ hard work and investment.
Auslegal has senior intellectual property lawyers who can provide assistance with the following matters:
- Advice regarding intellectual property rights
- Auditing of intellectual property
- Trade mark applications
- Business names, product names & service names
- Protection of inventions – from conception to market
- Licensing issues
- Assistance with shareholder agreements and contractual obligations
- IP dispute resolution & litigation in Court
- Advise on commercial laws for marketing new inventions
- Franchising for new products, services and ideas
- Advice for protection of confidential information
- Patents and product protection
We advise Australian and international companies on trade practices compliance, the legal aspects of franchising, competition policy, the international sale of goods and services and other legislative matters.
Working closely with our network of industry experts, we can keep you abreast of international business developments that impact your ability to import and export goods, services and ideas.
This includes local and foreign commercial taxation requirements, financial practices and international trade agreements and legislation – everything you need to compete in overseas markets.
Whatever your circumstances, a good business lawyer on your side can help you mitigate the costly risks associated with running any business.
Contact us to find out more or to arrange a consultation with an experienced business lawyer in Sydney and the Hills district.