luke-michael-275911-unsplash.jpg
AdobeStock_14983796.jpeg
maarten-van-den-heuvel-73123-unsplash.jpg
samuel-zeller-4138-unsplash.jpg
Tax.jpeg
Trusts.jpeg
Technology.png
Intellectual Property.png
shutterstock_69073516-BusinessStructuringAssetProtection.jpg
Superannuation.jpeg
iStock_000023590965Large- CommercialProperty.jpg
shutterstock_93338578-LiquorHospitalityTourism.jpg
patrick-tomasso-236286.jpg
iStock_000026360320XLarge-GovernanceCorporateAdvice.jpg
luke-michael-275911-unsplash.jpg

Commercial Transactions & Advice


SCROLL DOWN

Commercial Transactions & Advice


COMMERCIAL TRANSACTIONS & ADVICE

The needs of investors, business and government to sensibly manage their risks in a financially-constrained environment has never been greater.  

We are the firm of choice whether you are a regional business looking to grow or a metropolitan or international business exploring opportunities in the regions.

Combining an unparalleled footprint across regional Victoria with a pedigree of excellence, Harwood Andrews corporate and commercial team has a reputation for supporting investment and growth in regional areas, offering a quality alternative to city firms and providing access to a network of connections that open up new opportunities.  

As well as great legal advice, we pride ourselves in offering a transparent fee structure, industry knowledge and innovative solutions to your most pressing challenges.

AdobeStock_14983796.jpeg

Business Succession


Business Succession


BUSINESS SUCCESSION

Make sure the business you have built is passed to the next generation in great shape and in the most tax-effective manner.  We are entrusted by family businesses to provide guidance on management, ownership transfer, risk, tax and personal considerations during this important transition.

Talk to us about:

  • integrated family business planning;

  • minimising risks to your assets; and

  • limiting the potential liabilities associated with your business.

maarten-van-den-heuvel-73123-unsplash.jpg

Consumer Law


Consumer Law


CONSUMER LAW

Treating customers and suppliers fairly is good business, but ensuring your commercial model complies with the law can be confusing and difficult.

Talk to us about:

  • your obligations under the Australian Competition and Consumer Act;

  • advertising and marketing practices;

  • customer terms of trade and supply arrangements;

  • internal compliance regimes and dealing with the ACCC.

Do I need to provide consumer guarantees for my goods & Services

Despite publicity from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, thousands of consumer complaints are received each year about businesses unaware of their obligations.  Check whether you are obliged to comply and get a summary of what to do about it.

 
samuel-zeller-4138-unsplash.jpg

Corporate Advisory


Corporate Advisory


CORPORATE ADVISORY

Investors and businesses forming relationships and creating commercial opportunities create complexity and the need for strategic, sensible guidance.

Our corporate advisory team helps investors and businesses make better decisions and manage their investments by providing advice on Corporations Act, governance best practice, directors duties and capital raising options.

Talk to us about

  • raising debt and equity for your business, including crowd funding;

  • Corporations Act compliance for all corporate activities;

  • internal governance, director and shareholder relations;

  • compliance strategies that respond to new laws and provide a competitive advantage;

  • planning for industry-specific regulation and responding to regulatory challenges.

Start-up & Scale-up checklist

Whether you’re about to embark on a new business enterprise from scratch, or building a great new part of your existing business, use this tool to assess your readiness to take the plunge. Answer a few quick questions and we will prepare and send you a personalised report outlining your areas for consideration.

Legal Health Check

Be proactive, not reactive about your legal risks.  Our Legal Health Check assesses you against eight core business risks with some handy follow-up questions for your business.

Privacy Policy

A privacy policy is a requirement for organisations governed by the Privacy Act and great business practice for those that aren’t.  Its also a key tool for ensuring your business manages personal information in an open and transparent way.

Let us create a privacy policy to suit your business

Answer a few questions about your business and the way you use and store information and we will send you a tailored privacy policy. Don’t use an online privacy policy generator you can’t be sure will comply with the Privacy Act. Our real life lawyers will review your responses, create a policy for your business and get it sent back to you asap.

Confidentiality agreement

Need an Australian Legal Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA)? Don’t use an online NDA template you can’t be sure will hold up in an Australian court of law. Let us tailor a document for you, just answer some simple questions and we will send you your Australian Legal Confidentiality Agreement for use in your business.

Tax.jpeg

Tax


Tax


tax

Whether you’re are planning for a tax-effective outcome or responding to ATO audits our taxation team provides insightful and understandable commercial, tax advisory solutions.

Led by industry recognised tax professionals and technical tax commentators, we can navigate the increasingly complex and evolving State, Federal and international revenue laws as they apply to you.

Talk to us about:

  • Planning your affairs in a tax efficient manner;

  • What to do when audited or questioned by revenue authorities;

  • Tax disputes, objections and penalty remission applications;

Trusts.jpeg

Trusts


Trusts


Widely used as an investment and business purposes, a properly created and managed trust can provide asset protection, liability and taxation benefits for business people and their families. 

Long recognised as leaders in this field and having authored The Tax Institute’s ‘Trust Structures Guide’ for some decades, we are at the forefront of legislative and regulatory changes that impact trusts. 

Talk to us about:

  • Creation and modification of trusts;

  • Advice on use of trusts in business structuring and business succession planning;

  • Trustee powers and obligations;

  • Taxation of trusts

  • Foreign Duty and Land Tax Surcharges


Online Trust Deeds

Harwood Andrews offers a comprehensive range of trust deed documents allowing you to set up your trust deeds online. We prepare and update trust deeds, tailoring them to the individual needs of our clients.

Visit our Trust Deed Services page to get started.

Online Trust Deeds

 
 
Technology.png

Technology & Cyber


Technology & Cyber


TECHNOLOGY & CYBER

As technology and intellectual property become the key drivers of growth and risk for business, ensure you face into these opportunities well prepared.  The law in this area is rapidly developing and influenced by international developments

We can assist with technology procurement and product development, software development and distribution and all aspects of trademarks, designs, patents and copyright.  

Talk to us about:

  • Privacy, data security and strategies for protecting and capitalising on your business information, including data breach response;

  • Development, drafting, auditing and reviewing of ICT legal policy, procedures, standards, baselines and guidelines

  • Software development and licensing;

  • IT outsourcing and project management;

  • Protecting and leveraging your business intellectual property

Cyber Security Diagnostic

Not sure where to start with cyber security? Our Diagnostic gives you a view on where you sit and a steps to protect your business information from attack or compromise, manage multiple technology vendors and understand your Privacy obligations. 

DO I NEED TO COMPLY WITH THE NOTIFIABLE DATA BREACH SCHEME?

Use our free online tool to check whether you’re obliged to notify affected individuals and the Office of the Information Commissioner of a data breach in your organisation. Answer a few questions to find out.

Website terms of use

Ensure users on your website/s are governed by a set of terms that protect your content, give you control over your users and limit your liability.

Simply answer some questions about your business and for a one off fee our real life lawyers will tailor legal website terms of use for you to publish on your company website/s so your online content is covered.

Intellectual Property.png

Intellectual Property


Intellectual Property


One of the most important considerations when establishing or operating a business is the protection of your intellectual property (IP) – it is fundamental to every business. Your IP is your brand identity and the very essence of what gives you a competitive advantage in business. For some businesses, the intellectual property it owns can be the most valuable asset on the balance sheet.

Harwood Andrews understands the commercial needs of our clients and offer a fully integrated intellectual property practice providing innovative and comprehensive legal advice from protection through to enforcement in a wide variety of industries.

We are experienced in copyright protection, patents, trade marks and designs and we work with you in addressing the many issues associated with protecting your intellectual property to ensure the growth of your business.

We provide expert advice on:

Protection

  • Trade mark applications and registration

  • Selection, modification and registration of business names

  • IP audits and assessments on current use of IP

  • Design applications

  • Creation of IP by your employees and contractors

  • Domain name searches and conflict advice

Commercialisation

  • Contractual arrangements, including supply and distribution, software and website development, trading terms, research and development

  • Assigning IP and/or licencing including copyright, patents, trade marks and design

  • Confidentiality agreements to protect confidential information and trade secrets

  • Use of third party IP

  • Franchising arrangements

Maintenance

  • Structuring and restructuring businesses to maximise IP protection

  • Trade mark monitoring

  • IP portfolio management

  • Clearance of advertising and promotional material

  • On-going risks of infringing third party IP

Enforcement

  • Advice on infringements

  • IP litigation, including misleading and deceptive conduct under the Australian Consumer Law

  • Negotiation and settlement of IP disputes

  • Defending and conduction trade mark oppositions

  • Challenging domain name registrations

 
shutterstock_69073516-BusinessStructuringAssetProtection.jpg

Business Structures


Business Structures


BUSINESS STRUCTURES

Perhaps the most important decision you will make is how you structure your business, but navigating through the thicket of possible options, selecting and documenting the most appropriate requires guidance.

Recognised as a leader in this field, we keep across developments in trust law and taxation to enable you to achieve your business goals while complying with your legal obligations.

Talk to us about:

  • Choosing between different business structures

  • How business structure can impact your personal and business succession plan

Legal Advice for the Medical and Allied Health Industry

Visit our Medical and Allied Health industry page for tools and insights into the legal landscape of the health industry.

 
Superannuation.jpeg

Superannuation


Superannuation


SUPERANNUATION

Superannuation funds offer one of the most tax effective and important structures available to family groups. However changes to the landscape of superannuation are frequent and require an understanding of the challenges and implications if obligations are not being met.

We offer a full range of superannuation advice and dispute services, taking an holistic approach to ensure funds are up-to-date, compliant and tax effective.

Talk to us about:

  • Advice for SMSF trustees, including managing compliance requirements;

  • Structuring of superannuation benefits to maximise wealth;

  • Property transfers into superannuation;

  • Dealing with revenue authorities and disputes;

iStock_000023590965Large- CommercialProperty.jpg

Commercial Contracts


Commercial Contracts


COMMERCIAL CONTRACTS

Putting the right deal in place - from large, strategic decisions or everyday business practices – is vitally important to you and your business.   

Talk to us about:

  • the end-to-end procurement process including tender, contract, probity and review

  • managing your commercial relationship with customers, suppliers, agents, manufacturers and regulators;

  • credit, data and privacy issues

  • industry-specific arrangements

  • dealing with disputes

Do i need to comply with the privacy act?

Protection of personal information you collect is great business, but do you have obligations under the Privacy Act as well?  Check whether you need to comply with the Act and get guidance on where to go for more information. Answer a few quick questions and get an answer on the spot.

DOES the unfair contracts legislation apply to my business?

Being fair to your customers is good business, but if you use a standard form contract you may also need to make sure your terms and conditions are fair.  Check whether you should be reviewing your terms and conditions by answering a few short questions to get an answer on the spot.

Legal Advice for the medical & Allied health industry

Visit our Medical and Allied Health industry page for tools and insights into the legal landscape of the health industry.

shutterstock_93338578-LiquorHospitalityTourism.jpg

Franchise & Business Licensing


Franchise & Business Licensing


FRANCHISE & BUSINESS LICENSING

Participation in a franchise business brings both rewards and risks.  Ensuring you have the appropriate licensing for your business also avoids costly compliance issues.

We are trusted by franchisors, franchisees and clients in regulated industries to advise and guide through the process to deliver security to protect their commercial enterprise.

Talk to us about

  • how to turn regulation into a business differentiator;

  • the franchise code of conduct;

  • compliance for licenced premises and new licence applications

patrick-tomasso-236286.jpg

Business Sale & Purchase


Business Sale & Purchase


BUSINESS SALE & PURCHASE

Opportunities to grow and diversify your business through takeovers, mergers and acquisitions often arise as industry and the business landscape evolves.

We draw on our specialist expertise across taxation, property and commercial contracts to cover off the legal and commercial issues applicable to your transaction, from due diligence to implementation.

Talk to us about:

  • the importance of due diligence (including when you’re selling)

  • Warranty claims

  • Divesting or merging businesses

  • Ensuring you are buying or selling with your eyes open

iStock_000026360320XLarge-GovernanceCorporateAdvice.jpg

Government


Government


GOVERNMENT

With practitioners experienced at local, state and federal government, we provide practical advice to our public sector clients and those engaging with government.

Our team has assisted with nationally significant projects, privatizations and procurements involving domestic and international parties and we appreciate government priorities can shift which requires us to be flexible and nimble in our approach.

Talk to us about:

  • how we can assist decision-making through legislative change

  • effective commercial arrangements that appreciate the subtlety of the role of government

  • simple procurement and governance frameworks

  • access to government funding for business growth and acquisition

  • the challenges of technology, data security and cybersecurity.