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Commercial and Business Law

We understand that running a business or leading a company can be complicated. That’s why you need a legal team who understands your business and can give you the support you need, when you need it.

PBL will work with you and your team to ensure that we understand the unique aspects of your business. From there, we can develop the legal products and processes you need to compliment your goals and risks.

For day to day operations, we help many of our clients with regular decision making, strategy and compliance concerns.

Beyond that, PBL has regularly assisted negotiating and drafting bespoke, purpose made documents for a variety of external and internal commercial arrangements.

And, of course, when a business is facing a dispute we can protect your rights through negotiation or litigation.

For your business commencement and startup PBL can help you:

  • Understand the choose the right structure for your business;
  • Protect your intellectual property and branding from exploitation by others;
  • Document the agreements between your directors and shareholders;
  • Develop employment contracts for your employees;
  • Get your startup documentation in order (constitutions, licence agreements, privacy documentation and the like).

In day to day operations we can help you with:

  • Understanding your industry obligations and regulations;
  • Dealing with changes to the law that affect you;
  • Amending your documents to suit specific needs;
  • Developing, reviewing or negotiating agreements with financiers, suppliers or trade partners;
  • Preparing your business for sale or investment.

And for business disputes, we can assist to:

  • Collect money owed to you;
  • Defend claims against you;
  • Protect your intellectual property if others are using it unlawfully;
  • Negotiate or mediate disputes before they escalate;
  • Litigate disputes in Tribunal or Court if necessary.

 

Banking and Finance


Business finance plays a critical role for most businesses. As a result, it’s vital to ensure that your finance arrangements are appropriately documented and that you’re well informed about the risks and obligations that you are taking on.

As experienced banking and finance lawyers, PBL can first help you understand what options exist for you in finance and whether your business is rightly set up to accept them. For example, you might be considering a director’s loan, third party finance or equipment finance – each of these will benefit from some consideration and forethought before commencing negotiations with your financier.

We can then draft or negotiate the necessary financial documents, ensuring that your risks are as limited as possible and you fully understand the nature of the deal you’re being asked to enter into.

If necessary, we can also help to negotiate with financiers in the event of default – including farm debt mediation, hardship circumstances and other situations where, through no fault of your own, you might need your financier to give you time to regain some ground before you can bring your account up to date.

Restructuring for Growth


Many businesses begin with a structure that works, only to find as they grow that they need another option.

This might include taking on new, more risky business ventures that should be separated from your primary entity.
This might include needing to protect your family from the risks associated with your business operations.

Or it might mean you’re taking your business to the next level and are preparing for third party investment or an initial public offering.

We can help you understand what each option entails and which one is right both for your present circumstances and where you want to take things in the future.

That way, when opportunity knocks, your legal framework allows you to take advantage of it.

Bankruptcy and Insolvency


Unfortunately, despite best efforts, sometimes businesses can’t continue on their current path.
PBL work closely with businesses and individuals in financial distress, to help them understand their options to move forward.

Sometimes it’s possible to restructure or negotiate to prevent formal insolvency. This can be a good option for many who are struggling financially as it can avoid the time and stigma associated with other options.

If that’s not possible, we will work with you before, during and beyond the appointment of insolvency practitioners to help you each step of the way as you rebuild financially.

Because there are many risks and options in the areas of bankruptcy and insolvency, it’s essential to speak to a legal advisor before making a decision that can have profound long term implications for your family and your business.

If you are experiencing financial distress, then get in touch today and we can walk through the options with you so you can make sound, informed decisions.

Trade, Compliance and Operations


All businesses need certain documents and processes to be both safe from unnecessary risk, and compliant with relevant laws.

But what does your business need?

No enterprise is completely the same as another. Each has a different risks and desires, trading styles, industries, personalities and regulatory requirements.

For some, a simple set of trading terms and a basic employment agreement will be all that’s required.

But for growing ventures, a broader mix of protections is often needed. That might include a variety of different employment agreements, credit terms, territorial licence agreements, trade or import documentation, end user licence agreements for online trading, internal policies for work health and safety requirements, and much more.

And more than just having documents, some businesses will benefit greatly from specific training about process and procedure that helps you get the most out every commercial relationship.

We ensure that we understand your business so that we can give you the advice and training that you need, to help you thrive in your market.

Is your Business Ready

You’ve got enough on your shoulders running a business. Let us lighten the load as your trusted advisors, and help you navigate the ups and downs along the way. Reach out here for a chat.

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