Coutts welcomes the opportunity to help you start a business, purchase a business, or sell a business in Australia. From sole traders to large companies, Coutts can advise on:

  • Business structures
  • Buying or selling a business
  • Contracts
  • Terms of trade and service agreements

Franchising is a very popular term in business, but it can mean very different things. The commercial legal team at Coutts understands the intricacies involved with franchising and can help you understand exactly what you're being offered and what is best for you and your business. Coutts can advise on:

  • Franchising for business owners
  • Franchising for franchises
  • Other types of arrangements

The PPSA came into full effect in January 2012, and now affects any transaction that involves personal property.  Financiers and businesses operating particularly in the manufacturing, wholesale and retail sectors will be affected by this change and will need the assistance of a competent legal team to ensure all entities are adequately protected. The team at Coutts are experts in this new field and can provide appropriate advice and put steps in place to mitigate risk to ensure that the interests of your business are protected.

In addition to the extensive areas of corporate law outline above, Coutts specialises in a broad range of business and commercial law services. We provide legal services in relation to a broad range of legalities including:

  • Bankruptcy
  • Mergers and de-mergers
  • Corporate governance and compliance
  • Shareholder agreements
  • Director's duties and disputes
  • Business agreements and contracts
  • Business documentation
  • Commercial leases
  • Consumer & competition law
  • Liquor licensing
  • Leasing
  • Mortgages and securities saw
  • Court appearance
  • Debt recovery
  • Employment disputes
  • Intellectual property, trademarks & disputes
  • Workplace disputes

If you are in business you are sure to have had at least one client who owes you money. This can quickly turn your cash flow into more of a cash dribble and can ruin your business. So what can you do once it becomes obvious that despite promises, extensions and payment plans you still haven’t got paid? Here are some things to consider:

  • Do you pursue debt or write it off?
  • Issue a letter of demand and statement of claim
  • Make sure you have a good accountant
  • Know who your debtors are and how much they owe
  • Take preventative measures and draw up terms and conditions

At Coutts we try to keep the cost down by doing all we can to resolve a dispute outside of court. If the dispute does escalate and litigation is necessary, we have the experience and expertise to represent you in court. There are many different types of disputes that could end up in court.

  • Contract disputes - including copyright infringement, contractors breach of contract, employment disputes.
  • Defamation - including online
  • Bankruptcy and insolvency
  • Disputes between businesses
  • Debt recovery