Commercial & Business Law

When your business is your livelihood, you need to know that the structure is sound, and your interests are protected. At E&A, we have a team of lawyers who provide commercial law services to businesses on Sydney’s northern beaches and surrounds.

Commercial law advice, also referred to as corporate law, is critical if you run any business or you are looking to create a new business.

There has been substantial growth in small to medium enterprises in recent years as large corporations outsource more and more of their non-core work and as small businesses mature and grow.

In fact, small business law is something we specialise in and, with the rapid growth of businesses in our region together with our history and knowledge of the area, we are well placed to service these new enterprises.

We have wide experience in all aspects of the operation of small to medium enterprises

New business setup requirements

Setting up a new business is an exciting step. But it does not come without its challenges. Some of the processes can be complicated. When starting a new business, it’s important to seek legal advice from a lawyer experienced in commercial and business law.

We can assist with the following in relation to starting a business:

  • Identify, with assistance from your accountant, the best structure for your business.
  • Work with you to identify areas of risk and steps to take to minimise that risk.
  • Guide you as to contractual arrangements for your supply of goods or services to customers/clients.


Business structure

When commencing a new business venture with colleagues or introducing new co-owners to your business, it is critical to consider your business structure.  This will ensure that there is a well-defined management structure and a clear understanding of what is to happen if a co-owner departs, voluntarily or involuntarily.

Common business structures include:

  • Company
  • Partnership
  • Trust
  • Joint Venture


Commercial leasing

Our experience in commercial leasing is substantial - acting for both landlords and tenants, whether retail, commercial or industrial. Just as setting up your business with the right structure is very important, the lease of premises to operate from is a fundamental component of making your business a success.


Business succession planning

Your involvement in the success of your business probably heavily influences your own lifestyle and that of your family. Once you’ve settled on your business structure, business succession planning is often the next critical task for all business owners.

It's important to remember that we are all mortal and fallible. Those that you start in business with today, may not be the same people years down the track. A properly prepared business succession plan will protect your interests and those of your family.


Blogs - Commercial & Business Law

7 tips when preparing your business for sale

7 tips when preparing your business for sale

Thoroughly preparing your business for sale will save you time, frustration and often, money, when it comes time to progress and finalise the transaction. There are some key issues to consider when selling a business and, in this blog, we highlight our top 7 tips.
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Does my commercial lease need to be registered on title?

Does my commercial lease need to be registered on title?

Registration of a lease refers to the process of formally recording the lease on the title of the landlord’s property and noting on title that the tenant has an interest in the property under the terms of the lease. It’s an important step in protecting the interests of both parties.
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Crown Land leases and sub-leasing guidelines

Crown Land leases and subleases NSW

If you have a Crown Land lease, there are also options to sublease that land. In this article, we explore what land is owned by Crown Land, Crown Land lease applications and subleases under a Crown Land lease.
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Terminating a retail or commercial lease early

Terminating a retail or commercial lease early

If a lessee wants to get out of a retail or commercial lease early, then it is not a simple matter of returning the keys to the lessor and walking away. Learn more about your rights and obligations.
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