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Industry Focus


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Industry Focus


When you have a history as long as ours, you get to work for new players as they begin the journey to be the thought leaders of their industry.  Joining these organisations on this journey has bred a determination to understand and retain insights into specific industry sectors.

As a result, we have industry experts who understand your business.  Explore some of our experience.

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Agribusiness


Agribusiness


Harwood Andrew’s heritage in the capital of the Western District has provided us with a unique perspective and unparalleled insight into the needs of generations of farmers, landowners and agricultural entrepreneurs.  

Since the earliest days of agriculture in Australia we have been intimately involved in this sector and expanded our presence in other regional towns where the agribusiness community of today has come to do business.  Continuing this pedigree, we’ve grown with the changing industry to tackle developments in technology, production, distribution and processing.

In addition to offering sector specific business succession, business structuring, commercial contract and tax advice, come and talk to us about

  • Supply chain

  • Farm and supply chain technology, including IoT

  • Processing and production

  • Marketing and distribution

  • Co-operatives

  • Debt and equity including grain inventory facilities 

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Liquour, Hospitality and Tourism


Liquour, Hospitality and Tourism


Our offices are located in some of the most impressive regional tourism destinations in Australia, and as the sophistication of tourism and the demands of visitors increases, we have provided guiding hand to some of the nation’s most innovative and successful tourism and hospitality operators.  

We provide a nimble and multidisciplinary team to tackle business and liquor licensing, marketing, risk management and property requirements of this sector, so talk to us about:

  • licensed premises and liquor licensing;

  • events, branding and marketing;

  • Food handling and labelling requirements

  • Liaison with Councils, regulators and Victoria Police

  • Sale and purchase of liquor, tourism and hospitality businesses

  • using and protecting customer data;

  • Hotels, motels and the sale or lease of caravan parks, including leases of Crown Land. 

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Local Government


Local Government


We have worked closely with the local government sector for more than 100 years, increasingly bringing a multidisciplinary approach to the complex environment local authorities must operate under.   This expertise also attracts a diverse set of individuals, businesses and government bodies that deal with local government, including federal and state government departments and their agencies.

Now evolving alongside our clients, we provide insights from other sectors to influence and address changes in how local government interact with their residents and partners.  Talk to us about:

  • Statutory and strategic planning

  • Procurement and probity

  • Planning enforcement and planning scheme referrals

  • Compulsory acquisition and compensation

  • Employment issues

  • Technology acquisition and outsourcing

  • Contaminated land 

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Financial Services and Security


Financial Services and Security


Finance is the lifeblood of business, and if your business is growing, you’ll be We act for a number of financial institutions in preparing and registering security documents, including mortgages, fixed and floating charges and general security deeds under the Personal Property Securities Legislation. We assist lenders in drafting the terms of their security documents. We also assist a range of non-bank financial institutions in preparing documents to assist in their raising of funds either from bank or other financial institutions or from members of the public, including prospectus issuing, Consumer Credit Code and Corporations Act compliance.

We act for lenders in the enforcement of securities, which covers a range of activities, from simple debt collection procedures to effecting a right of sale over land or other property in the subject of the security or the appointment of external administrators to take control of the assets.

For our business clients, we act in negotiating and settling the terms of their banking and financing facilities, incorporating such activities as considering and negotiating the terms of letters of offers received from banks, and reviewing security documents. 

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Building And Construction


Building And Construction


The ability to navigate confidently through the building and construction industry is not something that comes quickly or easily.  We are fortunate to possess a multi-faceted view of this dynamc Our clients range from small to large property developers, contractors and sub-contractors, councils and statutory authorities.

We support our clients from the start to the end of a construction project on matters including:

  • contract negotiation

  • project documentation

  • contract administration

  • occupational health and safety issues

  • assessing and minimising risks

  • dispute minimisation and resolution, including litigation and arbitration

In the commercial and domestic building sector we work closely with builders, developers, contractors, sub-contractors, home owners and consultants and are actively involved in:

  • pre-contract advice and negotiation

  • building contract advice

  • risk management

  • insurance claims advice

  • legislation and regulation compliance

  • making claims under the Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act

  • dispute resolution 

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Not for Profit and Sport


Not for Profit and Sport


The not-for-profit sector faces increasingly complex issues.  From smaller volunteer organization to national corporate-styled entities, proper legal structures, commercial arrangements and exemptions must be addressed by not-for-profit and charitable organisations and their directors.

are subject to similar scrutiny and regulation as for-profit organisations. Not-for-profits and charities also often have special reporting and regulatory obligations, such as those overseen by the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission for registered charities.  These include strict governance standards and annual reporting obligations regarding the financial position and activities of a registered entity.  

Harwood Andrews provides advice to charities and not-for-profit organisations and community groups, as well as professional associations including in relation to:

  • regulatory compliance

  • charity registration

  • taxation concessions

  • specific laws surrounding the National Disability Insurance Scheme

  • governance and constitutional review

  • commercial contracts and arrangements

  • business structuring including mergers and demergers

  • bequests and charitable giving

Harwood Andrews has some of the most experienced lawyers in Australia who have advised both large and small not-for-profit entities operating in diverse areas, including the health, education, cultural, environmental, welfare, disability, sporting, international aid and other areas.  Many of our lawyers are also involved in not-for-profit and charitable organisations and can provide practical legal advice from experience gained from being involved in a range of different not-for-profit areas.

As sport Harwood Andrews provides high quality legal services tailored to the unique needs of the sports industry.

Our clients include sporting organisations, sport management agencies, individual athletes and sporting events. We understand legal challenges in the sporting industry, and our experienced team work collaboratively to achieve the best results, tailored to each client. 

Our sports law services include:

  • sponsorship, events and merchandising contracts

  • governance, policy and insurance advice

  • trademark and intellectual property commercialisation, protection and management

  • dispute resolution, tribunals and litigation

  • liquor licensing and gaming

  • competition and fair trading

Our practical and collaborative approach, together with our ability to draw on advice and support from experts in relevant areas of law such as corporate law, tax, industrial relations, property, not-for-profit and intellectual property, enables us to always be well positioned to achieve the best possible outcome for clients.  

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Technology and telecommunications


Technology and telecommunications


Business can reap the benefits of technology to start new business models, improve productivity and grow.  We offer specific ways to deal with the risks and opportunities.  

Harwood Andrews’ technology team understands that whether it’s a large, strategic investment in technology or an important part of your businesses growth and transformation agenda, getting expert advice on the business impacts of your technology choices is vitally important.  Technology touches your business operations, your confidential and customer data, your expense line and your people and clients.  Our goal is to help you understand technology in the context of your business and industry, and to guide you to successful commercial outcomes.  

With extensive experience advising the technology and telecommunications industry, our lawyers provide expert advice on technology requirements, including:

  • Technology procurement and tenders

  • Software licensing

  • Collection, storage, protection and use of data

  • Service level regimes

  • Connected IoT solutions

  • Hardware supply

  • Research and development

  • IT outsourcing, services and consultancy

  • Software development, licensing, support

  • ICT project management and scope

Technology failure and ICT projects are a fertile ground for dispute, particularly where parties are not aware of the nature of the service or a project scope is uncertain and costs blow out.  Should any issues arise in relation to a technology solution, an understanding of the issues involved and our Technology and Dispute Resolution team’s business acumen can assist by providing you with a commercial solution.

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Corporate Counsel


Corporate Counsel


Corporate counsel can reap the benefits of changing service delivery models while ensuring their role continues to evolve past simply understanding the risk profile, strategy and objectives of the business and advising accordingly.  We offer specific ways to manage the new balancing act for in-house counsel and legal managers with limited resources - driving cost efficiency while maintaining the effectiveness of legal advice. 

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For small teams


For small teams


We seek to assist individual in-house counsel or their entire team to do the right work and use external spend in the most efficient manner.

Our simple Scope-Strategy Diagnostic is a fixed price service designed to guide you or your team to address the same risks your CEO would identify as being most important, and enabling you to tell a powerful internal story about resourcing and priorities.  

We also understand that you engage external lawyers for specific reasons and on different value criteria.  Unlike other firms, we design our service and our pricing accordingly, giving you a self-designed menu that allows you to allocate value based on your priorities, not what we think how long it will take. 

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For bigger teams


For bigger teams


Harwood Andrews taps into the real-world in-house experience of its people, a design thinking approach to process and an appreciation of the benefits and limitations of technology to bring a modern take on legal services to larger in-house teams.  We believe there is a ‘third way’ for legal service provision to in-house teams that creates a win-win driven as much by how the service is delivered as the content itself.   Created by lawyers with extensive experience across all levels of in-house practice, Harwood Andrews’ Inhouse Advisory Service includes:

  • Workflow and work-type analysis and recommendations

  • Access to risk and strategic value frameworks to inform triage and management of work

  • Professional development and peer group networking

  • One-to-one coaching and mentoring

We use a four-stage, collaborative framework that allows us to step back, and deliver to a bigger goal of a service aligned with your company’s risk profile, not how many minutes you or we have spent on it.

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Virtual General Counsel


Virtual General Counsel


For organisations wishing to inject a strategic perspective on the management of their legal and risk functions, we offer an alternative to employing a permanent legal resource.  Provided by lawyers with substantial in-house experience and pitched at board-level, Harwood Andrew’s Virtual GC is a subscription service that gives you cost effective access to a legal advisory service specifically aimed at:

  • providing a regular legal ‘health check’

  • injecting a thoughtful, risk-balanced voice to your business decisions;

  • implementation directed by you and backed by the full-service of Harwood Andrews office and networks.