Commercial Law

Commercial Law

We work with you to understand what you are trying to achieve and provide you with pragmatic and objective commercial law advice to help you achieve your goals.

Our commercial lawyers and litigators focus on what is important in order to provide cost effective advice to a diverse range of clients, including publicly listed companies.

If you are starting out, we understand that every business is unique and has its own particular needs when it comes to structuring. We will work with you to formulate the best structure for you and your business – whether it be a company, a trust, a partnership or a joint venture (see the Structures guide in our Publications section).

If you are buying a business, we can assist you with due diligence enquiries and contract negotiations.

If you are buying or leasing premises, our lawyers have experience in all aspects of property law.

Our contract lawyers Perth have expertise in reviewing, drafting and negotiating a very wide range of commercial law contracts, ranging from software licence agreements for international roll-out to terms and conditions for equipment hire companies (including PPSA clauses) and on-line companies that provide them with the protection they need when trading.

We can also provide you with advice when things go wrong.  Some of our recent work includes:

  1. advising directors in relation to a dead lock at board level;
  2. advising in relation to a partnership dispute; and
  3. advising on what to do where a party to a joint venture agreement becomes terminally ill before the end of the venture.

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Diary of a Commercial Lawyer Part 1 – The Pitfalls of Oral Contracts

7th November 2018

Reflecting on some 35 years of experience as a commercial lawyer, one thing in particular stands out: variety.  The extraordinary scope of the issues presented by clients to resolve. Apart from the fact there is nothing better than variety to keep your daily job interesting, 35 years of variables presented to you to deal with... read more

The SAT – reluctant interstate traveller

7th September 2018

Since its inauguration in 2005, the jurisdiction of the State Administrative Tribunal in Western Australia (SAT) has expanded exponentially to include more than 154 pieces of statutory legislation. The appeal of the SAT as a less complex, more informal, less procedurally stringent and expedited manner of dispute resolution has gained momentum and traction among the... read more

Planning approval conditions – are they valid?

24th August 2018

The recent decision of Deputy President, Judge Parry, of the State Administrative Tribunal in Prosser v City of Bunbury [2018] WASAT 41 reminds us of the importance for developers to scrutinise the planning approval conditions imposed, as one or more of the conditions may be unlawful. Local Government may impose various types of planning approval... read more