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Company structuring and incorporation
Negotiation and drafting of commercial agreements
Joint venture agreements
Business sales and purchases
Our commercial team is experienced with helping to establish public-private partnership agreements between the public and private sectors. For example, a local authority becoming involved with a private company or other organisation to provide a community service.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What is an incorporated company?
An incorporated company offers many benefits over being a sole proprietor or in a business partnership. These include liability protection, and additional tax deductions. Incorporation comes with requirements such as the responsibilities of directors.
Why do I need a lawyer when I set up a business?
A commercial lawyer is required to ensure your business is set up properly with the right structure. Your lawyer will prepare contracts to make certain that the terms and conditions are suitable and that due diligence standards are met.
How can I protect my assets when in business?
Owning a business involves an element of risk. A lawyer devises the best plan for your business by ensuring your personal and business assets are kept intact and protected from risk through a family, discretionary, or unit trust.
What’s involved in a franchise agreement?
A lawyer can advise you in relation to the establishment of franchises, including branding and trademark issues, and help you make the right decision. This includes understanding your franchise agreement, your legal obligations, and the franchisor’s powers.
What’s the difference between a partnership and a joint venture?
A partnership is formed when two parties go into business together. The partners are liable for all the partnership’s debts. A limited partnership is more complex, and is separate from investors. Joint ventures can be structured in many ways.
What is the Personal Property Securities Register for?
Anyone can check whether personal property is subject to a security interest by searching the online Personal Property Securities Register. For example, you want to find out whether the goods you’re buying have money owing on them.
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