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Skilled negotiation and industry experience leaves both parties happy in sporting clubs merger

I recently acted for a licensed sporting club that had a successful business but limited opportunities for future growth on its Council leasehold land; while a nearby bowls club was struggling to stay solvent despite owning its own freehold land. I chaired several meetings with the parties to work out how to achieve their respective …

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Whole-of-project legal advice on shopping centre development, from purchase right through to sale

For a client’s shopping centre development in northern NSW, I was instructed after purchase to act through all stages of construction, leasing and operation until its eventual sale. It was a complex transaction, requiring inter-jurisdictional collaboration and expertise, and ongoing asset management. After completion, my client was able to sell the centre with minimal due …

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Expert business structuring advice significantly reduces administration costs

Recently, a client who had been operating their business through an extremely complicated structure (over 20 different trusts and various other entities) came to me for help after other lawyers had told them their structure was too hard to unwind. I was able to simplify and streamline their structure to make it more manageable, and …

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Out of court settlement achieved in sexual harassment claim against pubs industry client

A client in the pubs industry needed assistance with a sexual harassment claim made against them. Working with the client, I obtained expert evidence which uncovered contributory conduct by the applicant. This conduct only came to light after we commissioned a robust review of the client’s records. It enabled us to settle out of court …

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Company structuring future-proofs asset protection and family distributions

Recently a client contacted me, wanting to discuss ways to ensure that his company shares were protected from possible future creditors while reducing the tax payable on dividends. I recommended a discretionary trust with terms that properly considered issues around appropriate trusteeship, and managing roles and succession in relation to control of trust assets. Following …

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Guiding an estate Administrator client through complex transfer duty issue

I worked with a client whose father had a large property portfolio but could no longer make decisions for himself. As the QCAT appointed Administrator for her father, my client needed to sell the properties. However, we discovered (amongst other complexities) that the properties were registered in another family member’s name and there were potentially …

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