Parish McCulloch’s primary focus is in business law areas, including:
- Building & construction;
- Business succession planning;
- General commercial & corporate advice;
- Debt recovery;
- Commercial/civil litigation;
- Employment law;
- entertainment law;
- Insolvency (personal & corporate);
- Insurance law;
- Intellectual property;
- Liquor & hospitality;
- Mining & energy;
- Personal property securities;
- Planning & environment.
Our approach can be summarised as providing a “one-stop shop” for law and law-related services to business, through a mix of internally provided expertise and strategic alliances with other relevant professionals e.g. human relations and workplace health & safety experts; appropriate business-oriented accountancy firms; financial planners and investment advisers.
We take a “risk management” approach to each new business client. We assess your law and law-related needs through a fairly detailed initial survey/questionnaire sent out before the initial interview. The initial one hour initial interview is free of charge, and is structured around assessing client needs based on the survey answers and discussion. We can then develop and implement with the client a co-ordinated, prioritised strategy for addressing, managing, reducing and solving any identified problems. Our ultimate aim is to develop the client’s own processes and capabilities over time so you don’t need to rely very frequently on lawyers.
Areas for discussion and development of strategies will/may include:
- appropriateness of existing business structure (including shareholders’agreements, partnership agreements, appropriateness of buyout/exit arrangements for principals);
- adequacy of quoting/tendering processes/skills (for construction industry businesses);
- legal adequacy of order/contract dcumentation and processes;
- adequacy of invoicing and debtor management documentation and processes including linkages with debt recovery agencies and then lawyers if litigation is needed;
- adequacy of employment arrangements and agreements from a Human Relations and Fair Work Australia perspective (e.g. award/EBA compliance, developing effective incentive-based remuneration arrangements);
- workplace health and safety compliance especially in light of new national scheme;
- compliance with Australian Consumer Law requirements and regulatory regimes specific to particular industries (e.g. liquor licensing, retail food outlets);
- securities issues arising from leasing, bill of sale or HP financing of plant and equipment etc (especially in light of new federal Personal Property Securities legislation creating a national system of securities registration creating priority through order of registration of securities);
- insolvency options (administration, receivership, liquidation, personal bankruptcy and how to manage them for ultimate recovery) if some of the foregoing have gone very badly wrong;
- taxation issues including CGT, GST, FBT etc;
- financial planning, insurance and investment advice services for more successful businesses, including options re self-managed superannuation;
- wills, estates and retirement financial/lifestyle planning.