Business Structures

Starting up and operating a business can be difficult and time-consuming. It is important to obtain professional advice before you are faced with the many pitfalls which can impact your dreams of running a successful business.

A common issue that people face is how to best structure their business affairs to minimise their risk without impeding their ability to run their business. We understand this.

Our Business & Commercial Transactions Division has a strong record of delivering timely, practical and cost-effective services to all manner of businesses.

We strive to deliver complicated services without complexity.

Our team has extensive experience in the fields of business law which business owners look to, including:

  • ASIC compliance requirements
  • Business succession planning
  • Buy/sell agreements
  • Confidentiality agreements
  • Directors' duties
  • Employment contracts and advice
  • Incorporating a company
  • Joint Ventures
  • Loans, borrowing and financing
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Partnership agreements
  • Self-Managed Super Funds
  • Shareholder and unitholder agreements
  • Supply agreements
  • Sole traders – advice and methods of limiting liability
  • Terms & Conditions
  • Trusts – including unit, discretionary and hybrid trusts

Our Managing Partner, Craig Osborne, is a business start-up mentor at the University of Wollongong's innovative business start-up centre, iAccelerate.

Craig and our team have worked closely with many tech and business start-ups throughout the Illawarra region.

We help many of these businesses answer such questions as:

  • Should I create a company, a partnership, or operate as a sole trader?
  • How can I resolve a dispute with my partner/shareholder/director without having to go to court?
  • Do my business partners have to buy my shares if I want to leave?
  • Who should be a director of my company?
  • Who should be the trustee of my trust?
  • What are the different classes of shares in a company?
  • What do I need to do to protect my rights after I buy or sell a business?
  • What happens to my business if I die or fall too ill to keep trading?
  • How should I structure my company to attract investors?

For an obligation free discussion about how we can assist you in structuring your business, please feel free to contact: