Business Services & Corporate Governance

Our Practice

Our Business Services team has extensive experience in advising on and assisting with all aspects of business and commercial transactions.  Our clients range from private individuals and not for profit organisations through to multinational companies.

We understand business and the challenges and opportunities for our clients.  This is why we have a specific Business Services team dedicated to this area of practice.

Business Services aims to be a “one-stop” provider of advice and solutions for our business and investor clients.  We pride outselves on being a "trusted adviser" delivering both legal and non-legal support to businesses, boards and individuals.  Ultimately, we want to help set up your business or your investment strategy for ongoing and sustainable success.

Our broad experience and knowledge allows us to provide corporate advice to senior management and boards in relation to share transactions, capital raising, director duties and general corporate regulatory matters.  

And we assist our clients through the various stages of their business and/or investment life by providing strategic, practical and commercially effective legal advice and solutions.

These stages typically include:

Start-Up Stage: assisting with “start-ups” – advising on legal structures to acquire, hold and protect assets and/or conduct business (e.g. companies, trusts, and partnerships) and establishing these structures
Business Building Stage: assisting with business and investment transactions following the “start-up” phase – restructuring, compliance, joint venture and development agreements, disposals and acquisitions, internal management and funding
Succession Stage: assisting with business and asset succession – exit strategies, succession arrangements and estate planning

Our Expertise

We have extensive expertise in:

  • establishing structures such as companies, trusts, joint ventures and partnerships
  • advising about the restructure of legal entities
  • the sale and purchase of businesses
  • due diligence on business acquisitions and sales
  • reviewing and establishing franchise structures
  • capital raising
  • corporate advice, including Corporations Act and Constiution compliance
  • sale and purchase of companies/shares
  • share and unit issues, conversions and splits
  • shareholder and unitholder agreements
  • share and unit redemptions and cancellations
  • joint venture agreements and development agreements
  • corporate governance, conflicts of interest, directors duties and directors' liabilities
  • advising on the stamp duty, land tax and GST implications of business transactions
  • variations to trust instruments
  • advising on strategies/arrangements for business succession

Our Team

Please refer your enquiries to:

Brad Clark, Partner
(07) 3307 4527

Kaylie Bourke, Special Counsel
(07) 3307 4548

Patrick Sherlock, Associate
(07) 3307 4542