Our Experience

Madgwicks' experienced commercial lawyers offer a personalised approach to providing business advisory services to clients on a local and international level.  Our clients include privately owned groups, high net worth individuals, professional services firms and Australian subsidiaries of multinational companies. Our role can range from acting as virtual in-house counsel to project specific advice.

We pride ourselves on our responsiveness, partner accessibility and a commercially focused approach, leading to practical business outcomes.

Recent Work

  • Documenting shareholder arrangements for a privately owned business to take account of succession planning and exit possibilities, including an analysis of taxation implications;
  • Drafting terms and conditions for a service provider to the real estate industry with a focus on retention of title provisions in the context of the Personal Property Securities Register;
  • Drafting website terms and conditions, including providing privacy advice, in the context of providing goods on credit for a privately owned food importer;
  • Managing the trademark portfolio for a national manufacturer on a domestic and international level and liaising with IP Australia as required with regard to opposition notices and adverse examination reports;
  • Preparing, negotiating and providing advice with respect to agreements for lease, leases and joint venture arrangements for a staged relocation of a major food manufacturer;
  • Assisting an insolvency firm in respect of the corporate and commercial law implications of their appointment as administrator, including providing employment, tax and securities advice;
  • Preparing and advising on an executive services agreement for an international consulting firm seeking to appoint an Australian resident director, including providing advice as to the enforceability of restraint provisions and shadow equity arrangements; and
  • Acting for a national franchisor in respect of issues arising from COVID-19, including providing advice on rental relief opportunities and employment arrangements for the benefit of its franchisees.

Business Advisory Services

The services we provide include:

  • Asset sales and purchases;
  • Business structuring and taxation;
  • Commercial contracts and arrangements;
  • Family and business succession planning and estate planning;
  • Shareholder agreements and governance arrangements;
  • Franchising and licensing agreements;
  • Intellectual property and technology matters;
  • Employment matters including employee incentive schemes;
  • Advising on the establishment and governance of charities and other not for profit organisations.

Our Experts

Thought Leadership & Past Experiences

Reminder – changes to the Australian Consumer Law likely to catch more business to business transactions

In Brief From 1 July 2021, the monetary threshold for determining whether a person acquires goods or services as a “consumer” will increase from $40,000 to $100,000 under section 3 of the Australian Consumer Law (ACL). The amendment broadens the...
11 June, 2021

Online reviews matter in our digital dependent post-COVID world: What do you do if they are defamatory?

In 2020, we became even more dependent on online business as brick and mortar stores faced prolonged closures and customers were largely based at home. Google reviews became a vital decision-making tool for customers on whether they should use a...
11 March, 2021

Three strategies to get paid in 2021

It is a sobering reality that as Australia starts to come out of the COVID-19 pandemic, many businesses in the supply chain are likely to fail and cause a domino reaction with their contacts. You need to set yourself up...
1 February, 2021