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We’re proud to offer uncomplicated access to a qualified legal team who specialise in the things that make businesses tick; from initial setups and structures, through growth and acquisition, sale, and succession, franchising, estate planning and so much more.

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sales + transactions

Advising sellers and buyers in relation to business transactions [such as a sale or purchase of business assets, shares and other assets] is a core service offering at businessDEPOT Legal. Experience shows us that no two transactions are the same, and it is essential to have an experienced lawyer on your team to guide you through the complexities [and the inevitable highs and lows of the process].

We have experience in acting for sellers and buyers in a variety of transactions and industries [including financial services, professional services, agriculture, real estate, distribution and wholesale, and technology]. The Directors of businessDEPOT Legal have large and top-tier law-firm training and collectively have approx. 30 years’ experience [gained in advising on more than $2 billion dollars of transactions].

Services we provide in this area include:

- Reviewing and advising on Information Memorandums;
- Preparing [or reviewing] Heads of Agreements, Letters of Intent and Term Sheets;
- Preparing [or reviewing] and negotiating the terms of sale and purchase documentation [this is usually an extensive process];
- Legal Due Diligence;
- Pre-sale and investor-ready reviews and restructuring; and
- Foreign Investment Review Board [FIRB] applications.

partnerships + shareholder agreements

Getting the right agreements in place for the owners of a business or an investment entity [whether the legal structure is a company, trust, partnership or something else] is not something to be left to chance or best-guess. To ensure all parties are on the same page and to avoid disputes [particularly regarding important matters such as decision making, funding the business, exit events and misconduct], it’s essential to have a lawyer on your team to run a legal eye run over every line and clause.

Services we provide in this area include:

- preparing customised Stakeholder Agreements to suit the circumstances of your business or investment entity [whatever the legal structure is];
- documenting sweat-equity, employee share arrangements and similar retention mechanisms;
- facilitating productive discussions between the owners and other stakeholders to implement Stakeholder Agreements and deal with other issues such as business succession;
- preparing Buy/Sell Agreements [including dealing with insurance-funded arrangements to facilitate the transfer of equity in the event of death or disablement];
- preparing Quasi/Shadow Equity Agreements and Bonus Agreements; and
- asset protection advice.

IP + trademarks

Your business's Intellectual Property and Trademarks represent crucial business assets that need protecting.

Services we provide in this area include:

- Trade Mark Registration and Enforcement;
- Patent and Trademark Licensing;
- Negotiating Distribution and Manufacturing Agreements;
- Copyright enforcement;
- Protection of Confidential Information; and
- Privacy Compliance.


Setting up and running a successful franchise operation is a path that can prove tricky without the right advice. We are experienced in franchising, and act for several house-hold name franchise groups.

Services we provide to Franchisors in this area include:

- Preparing Franchise Agreements and supporting documentation ensuring compliance with the Franchising Code of Conduct;
- Reviewing and updating Disclosure Documents on an annual basis [and as and when required] ensuring compliance with the Franchising Code of Conduct;
- Giving guidance and management of Franchisor disclosure/obligations;
- Assisting in relation to franchisee transactions, including where a franchisee wishes to sell an existing franchised business;
- Preparation of Area Development Agreements, Master Franchise Agreements, Area Representative Agreements and any other arrangements specific to your needs;
- Drafting and negotiating lease and licensing arrangements for franchise sites [including compliant with Retail Shop Lease legislation applicable in the relevant State];
- Advising and implementing intellectual property strategy;
- Advising on compliance with legislative requirements [including the Competition and Consumer Act, occupational health and safety, and the Franchising Code of Conduct];
- Advising on other commercial and corporate matters relevant to your operation as and when the need arises [including leasing, intellectual property, operational and employment].

We also advise Franchisees in relation to the above issues, taking into account the corresponding Franchisee perspective.

commercial property transactions

When assisting with commercial and rural property transactions, our goal is to ensure a smooth process where all considerations are taken into account and your interests are represented within the agreement.

Services we provide in this area include:

- Preparing Sale Contacts;
- Reviewing and providing advice on Sale Contracts;
- Due Diligence to thoroughly review a proposed deal; and
- the conveyancing process for commercial and rural properties [including water licensing].

agribusiness transactions

When assisting with rural property transactions, our goal is to ensure a smooth process where all considerations are taken into account and your interests are represented within the agreement.

Services we provide in this area include:

- Preparing Sale Contacts;
- Reviewing and providing advice on Sale Contracts;
- Due Diligence to thoroughly review a proposed deal; and
- the conveyancing process for rural properties [including water licensing].

commercial + retail leasing

The businessDEPOT Legal team has extensive experience in all types of leases and leasing transactions and have acted for landlords and tenants in a range of different types of leases throughout Australia.

Our services in this area include:

- Preparing and assisting you Landlords with negotiating lease documents [including Agreements to Lease, Leases, Disclosure Statements and Incentive Agreements] for shopping centres, office buildings and standalone commercial and retail tenancies;
- Leasing portfolio management for Landlords; and
- Reviewing and assisting Tenant with negotiating lease documents for commercial and retail tenancies.

employment contracts

Nearly all businesses have employees, but employment contracts are often overlooked. It is important to ensure that your employment contracts are clear, compliant and kept up to date with changing legal requirements.

Services we provide in this area include:

- Preparing employment contracts tailored for your business;
- Preparing executive employment contracts;
- Negotiating non-compete and restraint of trade provisions; and
- Advising on bonus and equity arrangements, and key employee retention arrangements.

We also work closely with other industry experts we can involve to assist businesses deal with employment disputes and claims [ensuring that your business can get the help and advice it needs].

estate + succession planning

Helping you get peace of mind is what we love. We assist clients with their estate planning and general succession objectives by providing high quality advice and tailored documentation. Most generic estate planning involves the preparation of wills, powers of attorney and letters of wishes. At Business Depot Legal, we believe in taking a holistic approach to your estate planning needs.

This can involve, for example:

- reviewing the succession of entities in your broader group to ensure they align with your wider succession objectives;
- advice and assistance with managing the success of a challenge against your estate;
- advice regarding the treatment of interstate or overseas assets under your succession plan;
- liaising with your other advisers [accountants, financial planners etc] regarding your circumstances and any specific actions they may need to be involved in to suit your estate planning objectives;
- assistance with documenting supporting agreements to reflect your arrangements and to endure after your passing.

estate administration

There is no greater pain than the loss of a loved one. We want you to know that we are here to help. We offer a broad range of services to assist families and executors with the administration of an estate, including, for example:

- obtaining grants of probate in any Australian jurisdiction;
- liaising with the deceased’s advisers [accountants, financial planners etc] regarding the circumstances of the deceased and what each party is best placed to assist with;
- communicating with beneficiaries and third parties with regards to assets and accounts of the deceased;
- maintaining a trust account for funds of the deceased on behalf of the estate;
- property transfers to executors and beneficiaries;
- advice and assistance with managing testamentary trusts.

As each person’s circumstances are different, we will work with you to tailor an approach that is appropriate. Whatever happens, we are here.

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