We provide support for general business and personal estate planning needs, providing responsive, practical, personable and commercially astute advice.
We give you the benefit of our broad commercial and international trade experience including innovative products and services, using a range of structures.
We provide advice on ownership agreements (shareholder/unitholder agreements) and succession planning; leases; intellectual property licensing; trading disputes; buying and selling businesses and other commercial solutions as well as personal estate planning.
Each business is differentiated by its brand- images, symbols, names that make it recognisable, innovative technology, methodology, designs, works, that give it value.
Your Intellectual Property needs to be protected to help you to ensure you do not get shut out of new markets; your valuable reputation is protected; and you can attract investors and grant funding.
You can protect your Intellectual Property through registration (such as trade marks, designs, and patents), but also in the relationships you form, the agreements you reach, and the way you deliver what you do or make, to market.
If you are concerned about the security of your IP, registering your trade mark is a good start and can be essential to do up front so you don’t lose your right to protect or even use it. Registration can reduce the cost of enforcing your rights and help to avoid problems. Sometimes the cost of registration outweighs the benefits: we will help you to work out what you need and when.
We also look for other ways to avoid the waste of time and money and sheer energy in fighting for your rights and reputation. Protecting your IP helps you to create a defensible, profitable business.
We advise our clients on business structures, eligibility for charitable status and tax concessions, establishing and running the entity, fundraising, governance issues, reporting obligations and general business. We bring our strong commercial and practical approach to this area to help clients to establish and maintain a sustainable not-for-profit entity.
When you form business relationships with suppliers and customers, and even with co-owners, you need to know what to expect and when, and you want them to understand your agreement just as you do. We help you to develop and negotiate agreements with trading partners to achieve clarity and joint purpose.
We also help you to build the trading relationship, in a way that meets your business objectives and appetite for risk. Doing business is about making profit, but our role is to help you to maximize and protect your profit and to weigh risk versus reward.
The worst thing for growth is to have your cash, energy, time and attention diverted by problems and disputes.
Our approach to new and existing business relationships alike is to help you to establish the groundwork when you are forming a relationship or when it is going well, to help avoid disputes and enable their resolution. We have extensive experience in commercial litigation and dispute resolution that we bring to bear in every circumstance (proactively when formulating a legal relationship, formally in mediation, and informally during negotiation).
At any given time, your business structure needs to support your strategic plan and risk profile. As you grow and reposition, we realign your structure to allow you to leverage and protect your key assets and profitability.
We work with you to decide what your valuable assets are and how they should be owned, and if aspects of your business carry more risk or reward so that you might want to separate elements into different entities and have agreements between those entities.
The structure you choose will help you to set the level of risk and complexity you want to live with, and allow you to leverage and protect your key assets and profitability. Your structure should let you take advantage of tax and other incentives (like the R&D tax incentive) and may enable you to gain particular contracts. We help you to work out what you need, and help you to meet those needs.
The time to determine how you will own your essential assets, like Intellectual Property, is early in the business life-cycle, before it becomes costly to change and to let you take full advantage of tax incentives and grants.
Later you might add to the structure to deal with other elements (including liabilities) of your business.