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The right legal advice can be the difference between a done deal, and losing out to your competition

Whether it’s a major legal obstacle or a minor adjustment to a contract, you need more than just legal advice – you need a common-sense approach.

Too often lawyers focus on providing technical advice, instead of helping you achieve your objectives – the phrase “it can’t be done, because …” is something you may have heard many times before.

Our approach is the opposite. We focus on helping you – that means focusing on getting results and achieving your goals. And if the technical advice is proving a barrier to achieving your objective, we will find you another way of getting there.

Despite the name, common-sense is surprisingly uncommon in legal practice. That’s what makes our common-sense approach to your needs so unique!

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Commercial litigation Lawyers

Our business lawyers in Melbourne and Hawthorn can help you settle your disputes once and for all

Commercial litigation can be a time-consuming affair. Worse, it can also be a major distraction for your company, negatively impacting your productivity, resources and stress levels.

In order for litigation to be successful, you need a lawyer who knows your case, prepares and is “in the ring” with you throughout the process, and who’s committed towards getting you the best outcome possible.

And sometimes, that means advising against litigation altogether.

We treat your case with a common-sense approach that begins from step one. Instead of diving into legal action, we start by weighing up the benefits of proceeding against the costs, both in money, time and stress you will experience.

Taking into account all of these factors, we tell you straight up what the best strategy is and the road ahead, and when to go hard at it or when to apply a more nuanced approach.

Representing you in all sorts of cases

Our team can represent your company in many types of cases, arguing your case and defending you from legal action including:

  • Breach of contract
  • Civil wrongs like negligence
  • Statutory claims
  • Debt recovery
  • Insolvency advice
  • Trademark and IP disputes
  • Employment issues
  • Product liability cases
  • Partnership disputes
  • Fraud and misrepresentation

You will be kept up to date throughout the process – it’s your case, after all – and have your cause argued by a team with a genuine desire to see your company’s rights upheld.

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Are you up-to-date with your business and commercial succession planning?

Future-proof your business!

At Danaher Moulton, we pride ourselves on contributing to the success of you and your business, while at the same time giving you peace of mind.

Legal advice and support is part of the equation – planning is another.

Business Succession Planning is complicated and should be undertaken by you – the business owner – in conjunction with your accountant, financial adviser, and of course, your lawyer.

It’s the only way to ensure that your company is insulated from the significant issues that arise when you need to transfer ownership. Taxes (including GST, CGT, and Stamp Duty), liability for debts, control of entities, business structuring – succession planning provides clarity around these issues and reduces stress in an otherwise difficult time.

What is a Business Will, and why should you have one?

Simple: it sets out what happens to your business in the event of the death or incapacitation of a key person in your business.

This obviously is not a desirable situation – while a Business Will won’t fix the issue, it’ll at least ensure that things continue operating as normal should the worst happen.

Just as with a personal Will, crafting a Business Will needs to account for your business or company’s circumstances. It requires a flexible, individualised approach that accounts for each key person’s role, as well as your wishes for the business.

It’s a lot to take in, we know. Our common-sense approach towards everything we do is exactly what businesses and small companies like yours need when planning something as important as your Business Will.

What is included in your business succession plan?

Shareholder/Unit Holder/Joint Venture agreement that deal with:

  • Control and ownership of the business
  • Decisions of the business
  • Liability for debts and loans of the business
  • Distribution of capital and income of the business
  • Buy/Sell Agreement that deals with the buyout of a party.
  • Insurance for all aspects of the business and its operations. We can recommend a Danaher Legal partner skilled and authorised to advise on the different insurances available and how these are best utilised.
  • Having your personal estate planning in order. This includes Wills, Powers of Attorney and other appropriate structures.
  • A review of your existing structure. This is generally conducted in conjunction with your accountant. If you do not have an accountant, we can put you in touch with a Danaher Legal partner skilled in advising on such structures

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Unlawyer-like… and that’s how we like it

Commercial law needn’t be a stuffy, complicated, and confusing affair.

Our team of business lawyers in Melbourne and Hawthorn have one mission: to offer a unique approach towards your succession planning.

It isn’t just about the language we use, either – unlike other commercial law considerations, succession planning is an inherently practical effort. It isn’t just about drafting agreements and clauses – it needs to account for the way your company is set up, the roles of important individuals, and each person’s unique skill set.

We know that legal and technical advice aren’t enough. Our focus on outcomes and common-sense approach to problem solving is what sets us apart from many other firms.

Add to that our legal expertise and you have a unique combination of factors that can not only help solve your problems, but can help you to thrive and succeed.

If it sounds pretty obvious, that’s because it is – yet it’s an approach that’s surprisingly rare in the legal profession!

Stephen Moulton Peter Saunders Commercial Lawyers Melbourne

Our commercial lawyers in Melbourne & Hawthorn provide advice on:

  • Business acquisitions, sales, and mergers;
  • Business structuring and restructuring including Trusts, Partnerships
  • Joint Ventures and Self-Managed Superannuation Funds
  • Business taxes
  • Business Agreements
  • Intellectual property issues
  • Commercial matters
  • Business financing including loan and security documentation
  • Business control agreements such as Unit holder agreements
  • Shareholder agreements and Powers of Attorney
  • Leasing and licensing
  • Business risks
  • Competition & Consumer law
  • Corporate Governance & Compliance
  • Employment law

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