Expertise

We provide corporate and commercial legal services to businesses in Australia and overseas. Our work includes day-to-day advisory on general commercial matters, all forms of corporate advice and transactions, and specialised expertise in the protection and commercialisation of IP assets and digital industries generally.

As trusted legal and regulatory advisors to modern businesses, we provide corporate and commercial advisory and transactional services to clients in Australia and across Asia, and those seeking to enter the Australian market.

Our practice is separated into four discrete but overlapping practice areas:

  • Corporate Advisory + Transactions
  • Media, Entertainment + IP
  • Digital, Technology + Communications
  • General Commercial
Corporate Advisory + Transactions

Corporate Advisory + Transactions

Our qualified and experienced Corporate team provides day-to-day advisory regarding the full range of corporate matters, and draft, negotiate and execute M&A and other transactions for private, public and listed clients.

Our work includes:

  • Day-to-day corporate advisory services on corporate governance matters as and when they arise.
  • Advising on, drafting and negotiating deals related to shareholder equity, including share issues, option grants, share transfers, shareholder agreements and deeds of accession, employee share ownership schemes, joint ventures, mergers, demergers, buy backs, capital reductions and corporate restructures.
  • Advising on, drafting and negotiating deals related to debt, including financing agreements and associated security arrangements, and all forms of financial accomodation, including convertible notes, shareholder loans, and associated corporate regulatory issues.
  • Advising on, drafting and negotiating arrangements to establish, vary or terminate partnerships and trusts.
  • Legal and regulatory compliance matters regarding private, public and listed companies, partnerships and trusts, including under the Corporations Act, ASX Listing Rules and other legislation and regulations.
  • Working with corporate regulatory authorities such as ASIC, ASX and FIRB with respect to filings, consents, waivers and other submissions.
  • Company secretarial record-keeping, minutes of meetings and other best practice corporate governance matters, including acting as ASIC registered agent.
  • Corporate claims, disputes and litigation, including between shareholders and partners.

For some notable ways we have helped clients, see Success Stories.

Media, Entertainment + IP

Media, Entertainment + IP

The team advises clients engaged in media, advertising and entertainment industries, and those who create or commercialise content and other forms of IP over all media. Increasingly, every modern business is coming to value IP and data, and our clientbase in this area is increasingly broad.

Our work includes:

  • Day-to-day general legal advisory services for media, advertising, entertainment and IP matters.
  • Advising on, drafting and negotiating media content distribution agreements, including free-to-air and subscription TV, web, mobile and new media.
  • Advising on, drafting and negotiating media, advertising and sponsorship sales agency or representation agreements.
  • Advising on, drafting and negotiating IP licensing, sales, assignments and co-existence agreements, research collaboration and funding agreements, rights acquisition and management, content clearances and chain of title.
  • Advising on, drafting and negotiating film, TV and music production, acquisition and distribution matters.
  • Advice on marketing and content matters, including compliance with IP laws, such as defamation and copyright.
  • Developing and implementing legal strategies to protect IP assets, including copyright, trade marks, domain names and business names.
  • IP rights and ownership claims and disputes.

For some notable ways we have helped clients, see Success Stories.

Digital, Technology + Communications

Digital, Technology + Communications

This practice group provides commercial legal services to a range of clients operating in the digital ecosystem.  This includes online platforms, IT developers and agencies, SaaS providers, media agencies, companies using technology as business critical functions, comms providers, research companies and adtech, fintech, sportstech and biotech entities.

Our work includes:

  • Day-to-day commercial advice on legal matters for digital industry players, including online platforms, IT developers and agencies, software-as-a-service providers, companies using technology as business critical functions, communications providers, research companies, adtech, fintech, sportstech, biotech and agritech companies, and entities commercialising data.
  • Software platform development and licensing agreements for web, mobile and new media products.
  • Database and data product licensing, development, matching and co-creation arrangements.
  • End User Licence Agreements, website and mobile terms of use, online privacy policies.
  • Technology partnerships, distribution, resale and affiliate agreements.
  • Business telecommunication services agreements for fixed and mobile services.
  • Communication infrastructure development and licensing agreements and service level agreements.
  • Digital, technology and communications regulation advice.
  • Claims, disputes and litigation related to digital, technology and communications matters.

For some notable ways we have helped clients, see Success Stories.

General Commercial

General Commercial

In this practice area, we serve the commercial contracting and day-to-day legal needs of clients across industry.  This includes new economy businesses as well as more traditional enterprises, such as furniture, apparel and property, and providers of professional and scientific services.

Our work in this area includes:

  • Providing general advice on day-to-day operational commercial matters.
  • Drafting and negotiating general commercial agreements for physical products and services, including supply agreements, licences and sales, logistics, warehousing, distribution and reseller agreements.
  • Drafting and negotiating general procurement agreements for products and services.
  • Advising on, drafting and negotiating strategic alliances, partnering arrangements and other collaboration and value sharing deals.
  • All HR matters, including drafting and negotiating employment, contractor and freelancer agreements, advising on disputes, performance issues and dismissal issues, and drafting letters of warning,  termination and other matters.
  • Privacy compliance in Australia and other jursidictions, including the GDPR of the European Union, preparing privacy policies, collection notices, disclaimers, manuals and other documentation.
  • Business confidentiality matters, including preparing NDAs and advising on breach of confidence actions.
  • General regulatory compliance matters including under the Competition and Consumer Act, the Privacy Act and other legislation and regulations.
  • General commercial claims, disputes and litigation.

For some notable ways we have helped clients, see Success Stories.

'Lawyer On Demand' service

'Lawyer On Demand' service

Our Lawyer On Demand (‘LOD’) service provides clients with a fixed number of hours or days of support per month on-demand. The LOD service gives you the peace of mind that support will be available when you need it most.

Does your business need legal support but is not yet ready to hire a fixed legal overhead? Or are you a large business with overflow legal work that requires attention? Our Lawyer On Demand service can give you the support you need when you need it, at surprisingly affordable rates.

Our simple LOD plans are set up in small, medium and large sizes. Choose the one that suits your business needs right now, and switch between them as your needs inevitably change.

Some examples of how clients use our LOD service are below:

  • Drafting and negotiating commercial contracts to protect and grow revenue;
  • Reviewing contracts, or answering questions about liabilities, indemnities and other risk areas and traps;
  • Employment and contractor issues, including appropriate forms of agreement and risk areas around IP, and staff incentive schemes;
  • Governance generally, including convening and holding board and shareholder meetings, and briefing directors and shareholders, and maintaining corporate records;
  • Capital raising legal documentation, including advice on regulatory disclosures, disclaimers, liabilities and risks of giving away too much capital or control to investors.