Commercial & Business
- Commercial & Business
Our Commercial & Business team has extensive commercial and corporate expertise that focuses on assisting our clients with their complex and day-to-day business issues, transactions, compliance and structures. The team works synergistically with our clients and our other legal teams to create and achieve a whole of entity legal and commercial objective for our clients.
Our team can handle all of your business legal needs and can assist a broad range of clients from small business enterprises, government authorities, international banking institutions, publicly listed companies, private companies and 'mum and dad' businesses.
The legal services that each client requires varies greatly, but we are able to assist you, from a straight-forward enquiry to a multimillion dollar transaction, including:
- Contract drafting, review and negotiation
- Business sales and purchases
- Business structuring and risk
- Intellectual property
- Liquor licencing
- Joint ventures and partnerships
- Company acquisitions/sales/capital raising
- Asset protection and structures
- Registering companies and trusts
Whatever your commercial or business needs we can tailor a team around you to provide a whole of business solution.
A business sale transaction can be quite complex that involves a broad range of issues such as employee entitlements, council requirements and obtaining the Landlord's consent for either a new lease or assignment of an existing lease. This guide has been prepared to give you some general knowledge and discuss, in plain English, key legal issues to consider in a business sale transaction. Regardless of whether you are a Seller or a Buyer, this Guide will assist you in understanding the sales process and how crucial a properly drafted contract is to protecting your interests. It is an extensive guide but if you do not have the time to read the entire Guide, headings have been used to make it easier to skim read to the areas that are of importance to you.
If you get work from your good local reputation or the web, don’t be surprised if a competitor is using the internet to covertly steal your work and in the process, potentially damaging your reputation. In the last two months McKays has had 3 contractor clients seek advice about unlawful int..
From time to time, for various reasons, you or your clients may wish to change the trustee of a trust. When this occurs, all the trust assets held in the name of the retiring trustee need to be transferred to the name of the new trustee. Sometimes, the trust assets may include one or more m..
Any business that leases goods, sells goods on consignment or on terms, or otherwise uses goods to secure debt, needs to be familiar with the Personal Property Securities Register (PPSR). On one hand, the PPSR seems easy to use – anyone can create an account and register their security..
PPSA Changes as to when you must register your hire arrangements. Failing to do so may result in you losing your assets if the hirer goes broke…
Personal Property Securities Amendment (PPS Leases) Act 2017 (“Amendment”) which amends the Personal Property Securities Act (“PPSA”) was assented to today so the following changes will be in effect from tomorrow. What does this mean? Since the PPSA came into effect on 30 January 2012,..
This article highlights how important it is to correctly register your rights over your own property when hiring out equipment on the Personal Properties Security Register (PPSR). Near enough is not good enough and ownership is no longer King under the Personal Properties Securities Act 2009 (Ct..
You recognise the value in the name of your business as well as your logo, client list, etc. What have you done to protect it? We have had a number of clients recently who have not paid enough attention to their intellectual property (“IP”) and this has landed them in some sticky situation..
If you are setting up a new business or reviewing your day to day practices for an existing business, it’s important not to forget to update your terms and conditions or terms of trade. Many businesses that supply goods or services rely heavily on their terms and conditions as the first port..
Australia’s foreign resident capital gains withholding regime came into effect as a response to the increased pressures of low tax compliance of foreign residents. The new framework applies to buyers of specific Australian property sold by foreign resident sellers. The withholding regime app..
Going into partnership can be an exciting time! Before you or your clients rush in, here are a few essential questions to ask yourself. 1. Do you have the right structure? People often loosely use the word “partnership” but, as you may know, there are various structures available to people..
Do you lease equipment (either formally or informally) to clients and friends? What about that cement mixer or excavator you let your mate borrow over a year ago? If yes, you need to consider the Personal Property and Securities Register (“PPSR”) to ensure you are able to get your equipment ..