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Business Contracts, Agreements & Advice

Contract law applies to almost every business decision and transaction made today – from negotiating and agreeing Terms of Trade, through to credit arrangements on the payment of invoices. 
 
In business, it is particularly important to have the right advice on hand before entering into a contract or you and your organisation could face significant and far-reaching consequences. At Coleman Greig we have extensive experience in preparing and advising on all forms of commercial agreements. We can prepare contracts for your business that will ensure your rights are protected, negotiate favourable terms on your behalf with suppliers and distributors, and successfully represent your business in the event of a breach of contract.
 
We can help you with:
  • Commercial contracts – drafting, reviewing and enforcing 
  • Distribution and Licensing Agreements 
  • Agency Agreements 
  • Credit Applications 
  • Trading Conditions 
  • Agreements for the Sale/Supply of goods or services
  • Advising on commercial arrangements 

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Business Contracts, Agreements & Advice - Our Clients

Publications

  • Be Informed: 10 terms a franchisee should look for in their franchise agreement - 10 Mar 2020
    Catherine Sedgley
    When purchasing a franchise, franchisees should take the time to read through the franchise agreement and the franchisor’s disclosure document. In this article, Senior Associate Catherine Sedgley outlines the 10 terms a franchisee should look for in their franchise agreement.
  • Former car wash franchisor Geowash fined $4.2 million in penalties! - 10 Mar 2020
    Catherine Sedgley
    As a franchisor, do you always follow the code? Senior Associate Catherine Sedgley outlines what went so wrong for Geowash and what you need to be aware of when communicating with prospective franchisees.
  • Payroll Tax Grouping Provisions - 26 Nov 2019
    Krishneel Nath, Harkiran Kaur
    Grouping provisions under the Payroll Taxation Act are often misunderstood. In this article, Senior Associate Krishneel Nath and Lawyer Harkiran Kaur explain Payroll Tax Grouping Provisions in simple terms.
  • Purchasing OFF-THE-PLAN Apartments - the right way - 26 Nov 2019
    Dean Claughton, Barbara Shafton
    If you or a client is thinking about purchasing an off-the-plan apartment, you need to read this article written by Senior Associate Dean Claughton and Licensed Conveyancer Barbara Shafton, on how to best handle the common difficulties that often arise when purchasing off-the-plan.
  • Incorporating Contract Terms – one way to make Max Mad - 11 Nov 2019
    Rebecca Hegarty
    When entering into any type of contract, the last thing that either party wants is a ‘contractual surprise’. Principal Lawyer Rebecca Hegarty, discusses the case of Warner Bros Feature Productions Pty Ltd v Kennedy Miller Mitchell Films Pty Ltd.
  • ACCC Report on Franchising Disclosure Practices - 11 Oct 2019
    Catherine Sedgley
    The ACCC recently released a Disclosure practices in food franchising report, following it, undertaking targeted compliance checks on twelve different franchisors in the food services sector, due to concerns that prospective franchisees were not being provided with adequate disclosure.
  • Franchise Agreement and Disclosure Update 2019-20 - 11 Oct 2019
    Catherine Sedgley
    Franchisors cannot recruit franchisees without an updated Disclosure Document, so it’s important that franchisors are aware of this update.
  • A Plain English Guide for Directors on Insolvency and Safe Harbour - 26 Sep 2019
    Allowing a company to trade while insolvent could have serious ramifications for individual directors. If a director is found to have knowingly allowed a company to trade while in financial difficulty, he/she could be held personally liable for the debts incurred to liquidators or creditors - and could even be found guilty of criminal action.
  • CBD-Style Legal Services Now on the Doorstep for Campbelltown-Macarthur Residents - 23 Jul 2019
    Warrick McLean
    Residents and businesses within the Campbelltown-Macarthur region now have access to a wider range of commercial and personal legal services, expertise and support following Coleman Greig Lawyers' opening of offices in the centrally-located Oran Park Podium.
  • Getting your Business Ready for Sale - 14 May 2019
    Rebecca Hegarty, Peter Stewart
    A business owner might look towards selling their business for a variety of reasons. The choice might be triggered by an expression of interest, or simply a decision based on the ripeness of the market.  Sometimes, the sale is forced on a business owner due to circumstances outside their control or having come out of a dispute between business partners.  To get the most value for your business, it is important to conduct due diligence in order to ensure that it is ready for sale. This article outlines Coleman Greig's top 5 tips for getting your business 'sale ready'.
  • Indemnity clauses: a cautionary tale for businesses - 14 Nov 2017
    Mario Rashid-Ring
    The recent NSW Court of Appeal Decision, CSR Limited v Adecco (Australia) Pty Ltd, illustrates the risks of an ambiguously drafted indemnity clause, as well as the circumstances in which a Court may determine if an indemnity clause continues to operate after the formal expiration of a fixed term contract.
  • Industry recognition for expertise and impact - 6 Sep 2017
    Warrick McLean
    Coleman Greig is thrilled with the recent recognition of two of its Principals, Malcolm Gittoes-Caesar and Caroline Hutchinson, in industry awards.
  • A new frontier for Security of Payments - 12 Sep 2016
    Nick Kallipolitis
    The Supreme Court of NSW recently expanded the ability of a respondent to challenge an adjudication determination, in the decision of Probuild Constructions (Aust) Pty Ltd v Shade Systems Pty Ltd.
  • Plain English Guide to Family Business Succession Planning - 1 Jul 2015
    The issue of succession planning for family businesses is critical. In fact, research shows that only 30% of family businesses survive in the second generation, and 15% survive in the third generation. Given the number of family businesses in Australia, the failure rates are serious and it is important that families address the issues within their family companies.
  • Beware! Recent Developments to Security of Payment Act NSW Claims - 18 Jun 2015
    Nick Kallipolitis
    There are a couple of important lessons to learn from the recent case of Patrick Stevedores Operations No.2 Pty Ltd v McConnell Dowell Constructors (Aust) Pty Ltd [2014], where the Supreme Court explored two very important features of the Security of Payments Act (SOPA) legislation in NSW.