Commercial & Corporate

The Commercial and Corporate team are held in high regard across the business landscape in Australia. Businesses of all sizes rely on Bespoke to advise them and manage risks.

The team achieves this by providing strategic legal advice and practical solutions in a quick and decisive manner. We help develop new and innovative transaction structures to meet our clients’ needs.

Our client’s business is our business and our team strives to help create shareholder value and foster growth initiatives at all times. These attributes are born out of our unique ‘in-house philosophy’.

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We specialise in the following areas of commercial and corporate law:


Bespoke has extensive experience in advising on all aspects of corporate management and planning. In doing so, we work closely with boards and senior management to manage companies’ legal regulatory and commercial risks.

Our expertise includes:

  • corporate governance
  • directors’ duties and liabilities
  • joint ventures and strategic alliances
  • managing corporate structures, such as company secretarial support and company restructuring
  • mergers and acquisitions and company disposals
  • strategic transactions

Business law.

Bespoke provides commercial legal advice to clients ranging from small to medium enterprises to multinationals and listed companies, and covering all aspects of commercial activity. We combine technical skills with commercial acumen and provide pragmatic and effective strategies to ensure your business operates with manageable levels of risk. Working with you to understand your business, we tailor practical commercial solutions specifically to your business needs.

Commercial contracts.

We draft and negotiate a broad range of commercial contracts, advise on transactions, supply agreements and terms and conditions of trade, review existing arrangements, support day-to-day business needs and recommend steps to limit contractual exposure.

Preparation of contractual documents is an important element of risk management. We assist clients to identify contractual risks and manage liability. We also manage client risk by understanding the nature of proposed contractual arrangements and drafting agreements to provide certainty in contractual relationships.

Joint ventures.

We develop and advise on contracts to support new types of business, such as collaborations, alliances, partnering strategies or joint ventures. Joint ventures can be devised for business expansion, development of new products and services, or moving into new markets or jurisdictions.

Commercial life cycle.

As with any business venture, it is vital that the right structure is selected to operate the particular venture. It is also important to ensure that each owner or shareholder’s rights and obligations are legally enforceable. The business structure adopted should be evolutionary; contemplating the entry and exit of shareholders and the possibility of external funding and business expansion.

We provide commercial and corporate services relating to the entire life cycle of a business – from inception and start-up, through to fund raising, expansion and eventual exit strategies and implementation. We advise clients on the appropriate commercial vehicles, whether commercial trusts, joint ventures or corporate entities. We support all commercial activity with a full range of contracts and legal documentation.

Company secretarial.

Often the role of Company Secretary rests with the Chief Financial officer or General Counsel. Our lawyers have experienced this dual role first-hand. Bespoke assists Company Secretaries in coming to terms with the regulatory environment within which they work.

How you can engage us

As a value-add to our Outsourced In-house Counsel service we can:

  • be appointed as an outsourced company secretary
  • be appointed as a part-time or temporary company secretary (eg to cover a period of absence)
  • provide independent advice to directors and officers of a company
  • provide ongoing legal advice and support to the existing company secretary
  • assist the company secretary during busy times (eg during compilation of company statements and reports and other statutory filing and reporting periods)
  • undertake the role of company secretary on a contracted basis

Company secretarial tasks and services

We can assist by providing the following company secretarial services including:

  • advice on Corporations Act, constitution and other constituent documents
  • general corporate governance and procedural matters
  • providing independent advice to the board of directors, including with respect to directors’ duties
  • drafting corporate governance materials such as policies, charters and statements
  • drafting or reviewing minutes, resolutions and board material
  • preparation and lodgement of regulatory documentation and assistance to maintain statutory registers
  • assistance to prepare for and attendance at AGMs and other meetings to inform procedures and resolve issues
  • assisting manage appointments and resignations/removal of officers of the company
  • assist the company secretary with their responsibilities, such as managing the audit process, preparing for meetings etc
  • shareholder or corporate action advice

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