Business Lawyer

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Expert Business Lawyers in Melbourne

If you are looking for a Business Lawyer, then you have come to the right place. Knight Family Lawyers have an experienced and competent legal team to assist you in a range of commercial matters. We work with both small and large businesses. We can draft contracts for employers, prepare your business for sale, provide advice on a business purchase or help with your Court matters. Whatever the situation, our Melbourne business lawyers can take the stress out of the process and help deliver a favourable outcome for your business.

Tailored Solutions

We understand that each business has its own unique needs. For this reason, we deliver a tailored approach based on your business’ individual culture, objectives and goals. We have found that this approach delivers an efficient and cost-effective solution, which we know is particularly important to companies with limited time and resources to spare.

With the combined knowledge of our legal team, we are capable of handling a range of situations. You can be assured that your business is in safe hands.

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Our Practice Areas of Business Law

Our expert business lawyers in Melbourne will offer legal advice that is tailored to your unique circumstances.

Our practice areas include:

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Business Purchases

Purchasing an existing business without legal advice can be risky. A lawyer can take on a variety of roles if you are considering buying or starting a business. It is important to ensure that you are not inheriting the debts and legal problems of the previous owners.

Our lawyers will help you consider important business questions, for example:

  • Is the business profitable? Was the business’ income accurately represented?
  • Do you have the right to the business’ name?
  • Is there a suitable amount of time left on the lease?
  • Does the landlord agree to the sale?
  • Is it the company being sold, or is the sale just for the business conducted by the company?
  • Do you owe money on the inventory or equipment and could it be repossessed by the supplier?
  • Are you buying the intellectual property of the business, including trademarks, patents, websites and domain names, as well as the business itself?
  • What business structure is most suitable to run your business?

Our Role

Our role as lawyers doesn’t stop at the technical aspects. Our experience means that we can anticipate business risks – as we’ve seen them many times before. We can assist in investigating these important components when buying a business, as part of the due diligence process.

Our duty as lawyers is to ensure that you understand the risks being faced, which may be otherwise overlooked in the enthusiasm to acquire or start a new business. We will guide you through the process of reviewing the contract and all other relevant documents. We aim to provide you with thorough, easy to understand advice in a timely manner.

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Business Sale

Are you thinking about selling your business? We will make sure you get the most out of your business sale.

You have worked hard to build your business to what it is today. Now it is time to be rewarded for your efforts. The sale of a business is not as simple as signing a piece of paper. Our knowledgeable and experienced team of lawyers have helped clients with both small and large companies sell their business. With local knowledge of the system, our lawyers can help with the most important tasks and questions, including:

  • Negotiating the terms of the business contract on your behalf
  • Conducting the necessary searches on your behalf
  • Preparation of the Contract of Sale
  • Preparation of the Lease Disclosure Statement
  • Preparation of the Section 52 Statement
  • Finding the right business broker
  • Providing you with business structuring advice
  • Defining what is included in the sale of business e.g. Is the intellectual property, equipment, and/or stock included?
  • Undertaking the necessary aspects of the business conveyance
  • Preparing the Contract for Settlement

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Insolvency – Personal & Company

Insolvency is a complex area of law. Our team of experienced lawyers help those in financial difficulty to navigate Australia’s insolvency law regime and work alongside you to achieve the best possible outcomes.

Our lawyers have worked on matters of various sizes, in a range of industries. Our expertise enables us to provide prudent advice on all aspects of insolvency, including complex litigation and dispute resolution.

Examples of services we provide in this area:

  • Acting for directors and private clients;
  • Acting for Liquidators, Administrators, Receivers and Managers and Trustees in Bankruptcy;
  • Assisting in the implementation of corporate restructures;
  • Providing advice on asset protection strategies when insolvency is not a concern;
  • Negotiating with financers and other creditors and stakeholders to achieve practical commercial outcomes;
  • Assisting with claims made on guarantors;
  • Drafting, advice and implementing Deeds of Company Arrangement or Part X Personal Insolvency Agreements.

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Partnership & Shareholder Agreements

Are you starting a business venture? Having a properly drafting shareholders’ agreement or partnership agreement in place is the best way to protect yourself. In the event of a business disagreement or breakdown, having such an agreement will ensure a swifter and more cost-effective resolution. We draft these documents specifically to suit your business requirements.

All matters relating to your business venture should be contemplated by the shareholders’ agreement or partnership agreement. For example:

  • Salaries of the employee directors or partners;
  • Distribution guide for dividends or profits;
  • Procedure in the event of the death of a shareholder or partner;
  • Type of restraints to be placed on shareholders, directors or partners if they leave the business;
  • Management, meeting and reporting obligations;
  • Exit strategies for shareholders or partners;
  • Future share allotment in the company or appointment of future company partners;
  • Appointment and removal of directors or partners;
  • Procedure in the event that a shareholder or partners defaults on their responsibilities;
  • Amount of capital/money each person will initially contribute to the business venture;
  • Roles and responsibilities of the directors, partners or shareholders; and
  • How shareholders, directors or partners are to access funds and bank accounts.

Knight Family Lawyers has the knowledge and experience to provide you with professional advice on preparing partnership agreements or a shareholders’ agreement. Contact us for personalised advice with competitive rates.

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Confidential Information & Trade Secrets

Your company’s confidential information and trade secrets are essential to the running of a successful business. For this reason, this information needs to be protected.

A trade secret is any commercial information that gives your business an advantage over another. For example, Coco-Cola makes its formula a trade secret.
A trade secret will only arise when a business takes active precautions to ensure that its information remains confidential. If your business relies on sensitive information that you consider to be a trade secret, or if you would like advice as to whether your business has information that could be classified as a trade secret, we encourage you to consult with our Business Lawyers for advice on protecting your company.

Knight Family Lawyers can assist in drafting these documents to protect your trade secrets and other sensitive information not otherwise protected by the law.

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Contract Advice

A contract is an agreement between parties that can be enforced in Court. In order for an agreement to be binding as a contract, it must be clear on a number of elements. For example: who the parties are, the parties’ intention to be bound in a court of law and the expectations for each party.

Having a well-drafted contract reduces the likelihood that a dispute will arise and minimises the impact of any dispute that does arise. When a dispute does arise, a clear document anticipates any potential issues and provides a method of resolution in order to avoid the need for court involvement.

To ensure that your contract is binding, it should be drawn up by an experienced lawyer. We can help you draft a contract specialised to your needs, including conditions clauses to protect individuals, companies and businesses.

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Employment Contracts

If you’re looking for experienced employment lawyers in Melbourne, you have come to the right place. At Knight Family Lawyers, we provide legal advice to employers across Melbourne.

For Employers

We can help you to avoid problems by drafting comprehensive employment contracts, designed to protect your business and employees.

Your employment contracts may require certain clauses specific to your business. Based on our experience, we have the know-how to suggest what your business may require.

Necessary clauses include protecting your business include restraint of trade clauses, non-compete clauses, annual leave, sick leave, carer’s leave, probation, grounds for summary termination, remuneration provisions, dress code and personal behaviour as a company representative.

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Does someone owe you money?

Depending on the sum of money owed to you and the way that debt was incurred, there is a number of employable legal methods to recover your funds. See one of our lawyers for advice on how to recover your debt.

Some avenues include:

  • Letters of Demand
  • VCAT Proceedings
  • Magistrates’ Court Proceedings:
    • Attachment of Earnings
    • Warrant to Seize Property

We can advise you on the best procedure to follow. A properly drafted Letter of Demand is the best and most economical debt collection tool.

If the matter needs to proceed to Court, our lawyer can prepare your case and attend Court on your behalf.

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