Corporate Advisory & Commercial Law
Generally, a business will move through 4 stages in its life-cycle – start-up, growth, maturity and exit. For each of these stages the needs and issues relevant to the business and the relevant stakeholders will change.
Corporate advisory typically involves providing strategic, commercial and structural advice to assist the business to move to the next stage and to manage the risk and exposure of the business’ owners. We can provide legal advice in respect of each of those matters.
Litigation & Dispute Resolution
There are many pathways to resolve disputes, including the intervention of a third party (such as the Court or a mediator).
On one end is simple negotiation between the parties, where there is no intervention by a third party.
On the other end is litigation, where parties engage in the Court process and if the matter comes to final hearing, a judicial officer (usually a Judge) ultimately resolves the dispute.
Restructuring & Turnaround Advice
If a company is faced with financial strain from market forces, technological advancement, disputes between stakeholders or management, or other factors, it may need to undergo a phase of restructuring and turnaround to ensure its future viability.
Although there is a stigma attached to the insolvency, it is important to remember that the law provides certain avenues and options for the benefit of all involved. It is often better to act sooner rather than later when dealing with insolvency.
A person becomes bankrupt when they are unable to pay their debts when they fall due and payable. There are statutory processes for making a person bankrupt if they commit an act of bankruptcy (such as failing to comply with a bankruptcy notice). Alternatively, the person can voluntarily become bankrupt if their debts are becoming unmanageable.
It is important for a person to understand the advantages and consequences of becoming bankrupt and consider possible avenues available within the Bankruptcy Act, including a composition or arrangement or debt agreement.
Buying or selling a property (commercial or residential) may be common but no 2 properties are exactly the same. It is important to know the differences and receive proper advice.
Wills and Estate Planning
Your will dictates what happens to your property when you pass away, including who will manage the distributing of your property. Drafting your will involves considering your personal, financial and business affairs to ensure that the intention of your will is carried out upon your passing. Succession planning is a critical part of life.