At Harris Carlson, we are committed to providing our clients with practical advice covering a comprehensive range of commercial legal services. The basis of this advice is a quality relationship between our clients and our team so that we can fully understand your needs, before providing advice that both manages your risk and also creates value.
Whether you are just starting out or wanting to grow your business, we can help in a wide range of areas, including drafting and reviewing of commercial contracts, assisting with business structuring advice and documentation and advising on corporate governance issues.
We also advise clients in relation to complex and high level transactions and can provide assistance with mergers and acquisitions, as well as corporate advisory matters including capital raisings, IPOs and ASX requirements.
Andrew has extensive experience advising a diverse range of clients, from large multinational private companies and government authorities to high net worth individuals. He has a wealth of experience across all areas of commercial law and working with clients is able to provide commercial and practical advice.
Property and Development
Our expertise in property is built on years of experience acting for developers, builders, financiers, vendors and purchases alike in all areas of commercial and residential property.
This experience is the foundation of Harris Carlson's reputation as a leading legal adviser in property related matters, be that in providing comprehensive commercial advice to our building and construction clients, preparing and managing contracts and documentation for joint venture projects and developments to minimise risk or assisting our many private clients to complete their personal and investment transactions with confidence.
We also have extensive experience in retail and commercial leasing and property licensing matters. Acting for a range of landlords and tenants, our property team regularly assist clients by preparing, reviewing and advising in relation to leasing matters to ensure client interests are protected and that documentation reflects the commercial agreements made, whether you are a landlord or tenant.
Michael has many years’ experience working with developers and other commercial property clients, helping them minimise their exposure and manage their risks on their property projects. In addition, he also has a wealth of experience in commercial and retail leasing.
Bankruptcy and Insolvency
Harris Carlson Lawyers provide a broad and multifaceted range of advice and services in relation to Bankruptcy and Insolvency. We have significant experience and expertise in all matters relating to bankruptcy and corporate insolvency, including:
voidable transaction proceedings;
preference payment proceedings;
deeds of Company arrangement;
liquidation processes and compliance advice;
trustee, administrator and/or liquidator realisation processes;
regulatory compliance advice; and
commencing, defending and conducting proceedings relating to all aspects of insolvency estates and administration.
We also have extensive experience in the sale of properties in bankrupt estates and in the preparation of all associated documentation, including contracts of sale and vendors’ statements. In addition, we can undertake the preparation of all deeds of release and indemnity to protect the trustee in transactions involving the disposal of the trustee’s interest in properties in bankrupt estates.
As well as providing these services to the Australian Financial Security Authority, we also act in this area for a number of private trustees and liquidators.
Commercial Litigation and Dispute Resolution
At some stage, you may be required to protect or defend your commercial interests. At Harris Carlson Lawyers, we develop a thorough understanding of each individual commercial dispute before making recommendations on a course of action that aims to produce the best possible outcome for our client. Our advice is always commercially focused and we understand that each client has different needs. For some clients, this may mean that they are prepared to litigate the dispute using all available resources. However other clients will seek to resolve the dispute by pursuing a negotiated settlement. Either way, we will work with you to develop a realistic strategy that suits your needs.
Meg has years of experience in acting for a range of litigants in both State and Federal jurisdictions. Her approach is always to work with our clients to understand their needs before recommending a course of action, aimed at giving our clients the best chance of success.
Wills and Estates
Harris Carlson Lawyers has extensive experience in all areas of Wills, Estates and Succession Planning Law. In addition to drafting Wills and Powers of Attorney, we are able to provide practical advice for those wishing to undertake a full review of their succession or estate planning.
We also assist administrators and executors of estates, helping navigate all aspects of probate and estate administration and can advise and act in relation to estate disputes and litigation.
Our experience in Employment Law extends to a broad range of matters acting for both employers and employees. We are able to provide advice on specific issues or conflicts as well as assist you in developing and managing a proposed course of action.
We are able to help you mitigate risks through the development of Human Resource policies and procedures, along with other workplace documentation including employment and executive service contracts.
We can also provide advice around areas of potential conflict such as dismissals and redundancies, discrimination and other workplace disputes and can initiate or respond to litigated proceedings.
Laura has a specific focus on Employment Law, providing our clients with the assistance they need to successfully navigate this complex area of Law. Working predominately with Employers, Laura can help, whether you are seeking to engage with a new employee or require assistance managing existing staff members.
Harris Carlson Lawyers has a dedicated property team that provides straightforward legal advice on all types of residential and commercial conveyancing, including off the plan contracts, related party transfers and transfers forming part of larger transactions.
Whether you are purchasing or selling residential or commercial property we can provide sound advice covering all aspects of the transaction. Our precision and attention to detail means that you will be an informed and confident party to every property transaction.
In addition, our many years of experience means that we can assist you in all Australian markets.
Franchising and Licensing
At Harris Carlson we advise both franchisees and franchisors on a range of franchising matters. We have extensive experience in drafting and reviewing franchising agreements and disclosure statements. No matter whether you are just starting out and looking to establish a franchising network or looking to expand your existing business we aim to provide advice to protect your interests and ensure compliance with ACCC requirements.
The depth of our practice and experience across multiples areas of law, also means that you have immediate access to experts in other fields of law including property and commercial leasing and trademarks.
Mergers & Acquisitions
Harris Carlson provides quality legal advice to those seeking to undertake private acquisitions and disposals of companies and businesses. We have many years experience assisting a broad range of clients both small and large operating across multiple locations with added complexity. We are also able to undertake legal due diligence if required. Regardless the size of the transaction, all clients get timely and commercially structured advice.
Our experts in other departments, such as conveyancing and franchising also provide support as required and so that we consider all aspects of the transaction ensuring that the advice we provide meets all your business needs.
Andrew is an experienced M&A lawyer who advises on complex and diverse business transactions. His practical and holistic approach to corporate law stems from a wealth of experience in top tier law firms, big 4 accounting firms and his own law practice. He is committed to delivering timely and commercial outcomes for his clients.
Corporate and Financial Markets
At Harris Carlson we are able to provide expert advice across a range areas relating to Corporate and Financial Markets including Corporate Governance, Business structuring and finance. We can also provide advice around Shareholder, Unit Holder and Partnership agreements, ASX Listing requirements as well as Corporate and Company Secretarial support. We understand that each business faces their own set of complex legal and risk management issues. We are able to use our many years of experience to provide unique strategic solutions that address these complexities. As is often the case, deadlines are critical in this area and we pride ourselves on not only providing quality advice but also delivering in line with your time expectations.