Our contracts and commercial lawyers have experience in reviewing, drafting, and advising about a wide range of contracts.
A large number of legal disputes arise because the people involved did not properly communicate and document the agreed terms. A simple loan agreement between family members can often be written on a single piece of paper, which can then prevent future disagreements and unnecessary heartache.
Accordingly, when you are entering into any kind of transaction, whether for business, personal, or investment purposes, you should have a written agreement in place that, accurately sets out the agreed terms, can be understood by the parties, and complies with any relevant legislation.
Similarly, we think it is critically important that co-owners in a business have the appropriate kind of agreement in place to govern their relationship—such as a partnership agreement, shareholders agreement, or joint-venture agreement, depending on the type of business they operate. The best time to negotiate these sorts of business agreements is, of course, before a dispute arises.
Douglas Cheveralls Lawyers can assist with the complete range of commercial legal work including the preparation and review of agreements and documents and advice about the legal aspects of setting up and running a business, including:
- Business Structures
- Terms and Conditions
- Business sale agreements or merger agreements
- Employment agreements
- Subcontractor agreements
- Strata by-laws
- Non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) and confidentiality deeds
- Loan agreements and mortgages and other charges
- Personal Property Security Register
- Shareholders’ agreements
- Partnership agreements
- Intellectual property agreements
- Trust deeds, including discretionary trusts, unit trusts
- Joint venture agreements
- Licence and distribution agreements (including software)
- Commercial and industrial leases and sublease (including retail shops)
- Franchise agreements and disclosure documents
- Agreements for musicians and music promoters
- Childcare provider contracts
Remember that a contract can be accepted in many ways, including orally, a handshake, or by conduct (i.e., if you act as if you agree to be bound by the contract). So, if you are presented with a complicated contract to sign, it is important that you have it reviewed by an experienced lawyer to ensure that your rights and interests are protected.
If you or anyone you know needs assistance or further information, please feel free to contact us.