Business Law

Lawyers for Businesses in Sydney

The experienced business lawyers at Empower Law Group are your trusted advisers for a diverse range of commercial law and business law matters, including business structuring, asset protection, employment law, contracts law, debt recovery and general commercial law advice and representation. 

We help businesses of all ages and sizes. Connect with one of Sydney’s most trusted, friendly, and highly-qualified business lawyers at Empower Law Group today on 1300 414 844 or submit an Online Enquiry Form here for a free initial consultation.

With the skills and experience to advise on a diverse range of business law areas, the lawyers at Empower Law Group in Sydney can help you navigate the complex nature of commercial law, property law, and employment law in New South Wales. Whether you need advice on business structuring, asset protection, contracts law, employee contracts, business to business service agreements, or advice on liquidation and winding up operations, our experienced business lawyers in Inner West Sydney offer concise, accurate, plain-English advice and representation to businesses of all sizes from a wide range of industries – from finance, hospitality (restaurants, cafes, hotels, motels, B&Bs and more), agriculture and farming, IT and technology, retail, manufacturing, and all other small and medium local businesses in between.

Our business lawyers in Sydney offer legal advisory services, flexible and tailored to your needs, across a wide range of common business regulatory, compliance, and legal matters, such as:

  • Business structuring advice – want to begin as a sole trader but don’t know where to start? Or is a partnership or private company (referred to as a proprietary limited company – “Pty Ltd”) more suitable for your circumstances? Or can a trust offer greater asset protection and tax-effectiveness. 
  • Asset protection advice – Starting a business can be risky, ensure your assets are best protected as a “just in case”, in the uncertain world of pandemics and global instability, it is important that you plan for a range of possible scenarios.
  • Website Terms and Conditions and Policies – Whether you are a new online e-commerce business, or a large established online e-commerce business, or simply have a website to attract new customers to your physical stores, ensure you have all the documentation and disclaimers/disclosures required for your website under local, state and Australian laws.
  • Property and leasing advice – Commercial property and leasing costs are always a major consideration for “bricks and mortar” retail and wholesale businesses, professional services and manufacturing, get the right advice to best protect you against possible risks to you and your business.
  • Corporate law advice – Having the right company governance and compliance frameworks in place is important for the lawful operation and success of any business, especially for directors of the company without a background in, or detailed knowledge of, the requirements under the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth).
  • Business negotiation – From draft contracts to representation during negotiations with associated or third parties, our business lawyers can provide you with high quality legal advice and representation to protect your business.
  • Insolvency and “winding-up” – When a business ends its operations it is important to obtain advice on how best to meet your obligations under the various laws that may apply whilst minimising the risk to you personally. Before debts and liabilities become a problem, contact us today on 1300 414 844 or submit an Online Enquiry Form here to discuss your options and potential steps to mitigate the risk to you.

Your Local Business Lawyer for Small Businesses

Are you a business looking for legal advice? We assist small and medium-sized businesses navigate all aspects of business. There are a wide variety of reasons why a small or medium-sized business owner will need legal advice and assistance: from the establishment of the most appropriate corporate structure, to employment law matters, securing new premises and ensuring you understand your rights and obligations under local council, state and federal requirements.

Why choose Empower Law Group to help with your small or medium-sized business?

Empower Law Group, based in Inner West Sydney, is able to assist you with a wide range of practical legal solutions commonly encountered in a small or medium-sized business, including navigating the complexities experienced at local council, state and federal government levels.

Empower Law Group is here to assist small and medium businesses in Inner West Sydney and beyond legal advice for compliance and risk minimisation.

Our services are flexible and tailored to your needs and may include the following:

  • Business structures advice
  • Asset protection advice
  • Website policies
  • Property & leasing advice
  • Corporations Law advice
  • Business negotiation

Business structures

Do you have a great business idea, but don’t know how to get it off the ground? When establishing a new business, there are a range of legal issues to consider before choosing the most appropriate business structure to protect and futureproof the business for success. We assist our clients by providing tailored advice on, and setting up, structures including sole trader businesses, partnerships, companies or trust structures.

Business contracts

Compliance and risk minimisation are crucial for the smooth running of any business, and a well-prepared contract is the lynchpin to this success. But preparing or reviewing contracts can be challenging for small or medium-sized businesses—trust us, this is not something you want to get wrong if you want your business to thrive.

Whether it’s a purchase contract or commercial contract, Empower Law Group can provide you with advice to best ensure the contract terms and conditions are fair and suitable for your business. Having legal advice in these scenarios also ensures you are meeting due diligence and will futureproof your small or medium-sized business for the long term.

For workplace and employment matters, we can draw up or review employment contracts and workplace agreements, as well as assist in instances of disputes or unfair dismissals in a workplace of any size.

Business resolution and litigation

Businesses run into problems from time to time—here at Empower Law Group, we understand what a stressful time this can be. From breach of contract to debt recovery, partnership disputes or corporations law, we offer services to help you navigate a range of business problems.

We can also assist with bankruptcy and insolvency.

Corporations law

Once a business has been established, there’s still a long way to go ensuring it runs smoothly. Empower Law Group can assist with drafting contracts, providing advice on corporate governance, and your duties and obligations under the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth).

Property and leasing

As a small or medium-sized business, one of the most important parts of your journey will be finding a place for your business to call home—whether you’re running a shop, an accounting firm, or a warehouse—so getting leasing right is paramount. For commercial landlords, we can assist with retail and commercial leasing, protecting your rights.

Protecting your assets and planning for succession

We frequently see otherwise well-managed businesses stumble due to a lack of succession planning or inadequate asset protection. We can work with small and medium-sized businesses to ensure that your hard-earned assets are well protected for you, your family, or your shareholders.

From the preparation of unit, discretionary or family trusts, Wills, and Powers of Attorneys, we believe businesses should embrace the range of options at their disposal to protect their hard-earned assets.

Contact us now on 1300 414 844 for a free initial consultation or via the Online Enquiry Form below.

FAQs

What can a business lawyer do for small businesses?

Business law, corporate law, and commercial law can be complex and a highly technical area of expertise, especially for individuals starting up their first company, business or partnership. A business or commercial lawyer can provide invaluable advice on all matters pertaining to the business – from business structures to commercial contract negotiations, lease agreements and supplier contracts and agreements, to employment agreements and workplace disputes – essentially most elements in running a business will have a legal side to consider where a business lawyer or commercial lawyer can assist.

It is important to consult a business lawyer for advice on anything which may impact the business and its relationships with various customers or stakeholders or that may impact those involved in the business including directors, secretaries, and shareholders. Our business lawyers will work closely with you, accountants, other consulting experts, and government departments to help you and your business meet your obligations. We will act as your legal representative to provide you with high quality advice and representations in transactions, negotiations, and legal proceedings. These are just some of the ways an experienced and knowledgeable lawyer can assist.

An experienced commercial lawyer can advise on proposed business structures (such as sole traders, partnerships, trusts, proprietary limited companies), contracts, and prepare business documents to protect you and your business. The failure to comply with legislation or regulations can have serious consequences on you and your business, as can widespread media attention that can often arise from the failure to comply with your obligations and increasingly more, the community’s expectations and standards.

A business lawyer can provide advice on compliance matters and the potential impact of a compliance breach, the penalties which the business (and sometimes the directors directly) may be liable for, depending on the law breached.

Why does a business need a business or commercial lawyer?

A business lawyer (otherwise known as a commercial lawyer or corporate lawyer) acts as a trusted adviser to an organisation.

In a small business, a business or commercial lawyers can assist at all stages of a business, whether it be starting out, growing your business through negotiations with suppliers and customers, merging or acquiring other businesses, and even selling your business or closing a business (including liquidation or “winding-up” operations).

Commercial law is a broad area and is in general, the law governing the operation of companies and includes commercial contracts, service agreements, standard business terms and conditions, advertising, marketing, franchising, outsourcing, agency and distribution, sponsorship, intellectual property and matters of legal compliance, such as data security, are all common areas.

To balance risk and commercial needs while maintaining legal compliance, the advice of business lawyers is also sought to prepare documents and advise on legal issues related to such concerns. Commercial lawyers can also assist with a variety of other aspects of Corporate Law, (which can apply to the company and share sales and acquisitions, shareholder agreements and partnership agreements) and workplace and employment law.

From standard workplace documentation like new employee agreements to more complex documents such as purchase, sale or lease agreements, it is important that you, as a director or owner of a business, are fully informed of the legal implications before entering into any type of agreement.

What are the major business structures and how do I choose what is best for my business?

The most common types of business structures in Australia are:

  • Sole trader
  • Company
  • Partnership
  • Trust.

If you are planning on starting a business, you should seek advice from an experienced business lawyer who can advise you on the advantages and disadvantages of the various business structures to ensure you choose a structure that best suits your needs by offering flexibility, asset protection, and tax-effectiveness. It is important that you seek guidance from an experienced business lawyer, business advisor, or an accountant before deciding which business structure to use.

What sort of agreements and contracts should a business lawyer draft and/or review for me?

Any sort of document or contract which can bind you or your business or company should be drafted by, or at very least reviewed by, an experienced business lawyer.

It can be, including, but not limited to:

  • Employee contracts, confidentiality and non-disclosure agreements;
  • Shareholders Agreements;
  • Commercial Property and Lease Agreements;
  • Goods and services agreements;
  • Agency, reseller and referral agreements;
  • Supply, licencing, sub-licencing and distribution agreements;
  • Business terms and conditions, equipment hire and labour-hire agreements;
  • Advertising and marketing agreements;
  • Outsourcing and procurement agreements and tender documents; and
  • Technology and e-commerce agreements.

Even if your document or agreement is not listed above, it is best to speak with an experienced business lawyer to obtain advice to best protect you (as a director/owner) and your business.

I want to start a business – how and where exactly do I start?

Can I draft business contracts on my own?

We recommend that you use a lawyer to draft or review and business contract. because of the complicated nature of contract law.

If a legal practitioner drafted your contract, you might have a better chance of succeeding in enforcing the contract and/or defending your interests in your favour, in the instance a dispute arises.

I want to start a business – how and where exactly do I start?

When starting up a new business (whether as a sole trader, partnership, company or trust) the first step is to contact an experienced lawyer to obtain advice on what is the best structure for you.

Once you have decided upon the structure, there may be a range of legal requirements, obligations, and documents that you must prepare and lodge with relevant government agencies. A business lawyer can assist you by drafting or reviewing company documents such as your company’s constitution, shareholders agreement, partnership agreements or trust deed, and lodging these documents with the relevant government agency.

A business lawyer can also help after the business starts operating, by providing advice on commercial contracts, service agreements, standard business terms and conditions, advertising, marketing, franchising, outsourcing, agency and distribution, sponsorship, intellectual property and matters of legal compliance.

I am falling behind on my bills. What about bankruptcy and insolvency?

If your business is unable to pay its debts as they fall due, such as suppliers, taxation obligations or staff salaries and superannuation, you may be at risk of trading whilst insolvent in breach of the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth).

Before getting to this stage, it is important to seek advice from a business lawyer such as the team at Empower Law Group, who can connect you with other experts and trusted business professionals, including accountants and barristers, to ensure you have the support you need to manage your business circumstances within the requirements and guidelines.

How do I find a business lawyer near me in Sydney?

Many people search google for “business lawyer near me” or “workplace lawyer near me”, others ask friends, relatives, former colleagues or acquaintances for a referral. Empower Law Group has the expertise and knowledge to assist you with your business, commercial, corporate and workplace law questions. 

Contact us today on 1300 414 844 or submit an Online Enquiry Form here to request your free initial consultation.
You can also visit the NSW Law Society website page to find a lawyer.