Business & Commercial

Whether you’re a start-up, planning to buy or sell a business, or looking for advice on a business dispute, we can help.

John Daenke has been serving Australian businesses for nearly 50 years, and has extensive experience across all industries his clients operate in. He offers a wide range of practical legal solutions for individuals, start-ups and small to medium sized enterprises.

We can help you with:

Business structures

If you are establishing a new business enterprise, we can help you make sure that you are setting the business up soundly, whether by partnership, joint venture, company, trust or franchise. If you’re looking to restructure your business, we can help with partnership dissolutions and corporate restructures.

Business contracts

We can prepare or review all types of legal contracts including purchase or sale of business, Put and Call Options, franchise agreements, supply agreements, service agreements, distribution agreements, partnership agreements, commercial contracts.

We’ll make sure that the contract terms and conditions are suitable for your business now and into the future and ensure that due diligence standards are met. For buyers, we ensure that you get what you pay for – for sellers, we help minimise risks associated with selling a business.

Commercial disputes and commercial litigation

We offer dispute resolution services and business litigation covering a wide range of problems including breach of contract, building and property disputes, debt recovery, copyright infringement, partnership disputes and corporation’s law.

Corporations law

We can assist with shareholders agreements, advice on corporate governance, documenting company administrations.


If you’re looking to buy into a franchise, we can help you go through the franchise agreement and franchisor disclosure documents to make sure that you are aware of all of the issues that could make or break your new business.

Copyright, trademarks and patents

We can help you manage and enforce your intellectual property rights, including litigation where needed. We can also help you with registering designs, patents and trademarks.

Property and leasing

We can assist with retail leasing and commercial leasing for both landlords and tenants. We can also assist with the sale or purchase of commercial property.

Commercial law and small business legal advice

We offer small business legal help in a wide range of matters including trade practices law and consumer law.

Workplace and employment

We can draw up or review employment contracts and workplace agreements as well as assist with disputes and unfair dismissals. We can also assist with occupational health and safety issues.

Bankruptcy and insolvency

We can assist with the whole process of recovering money owed to you from an initial Letter of Demand through to Statement of Claim and Court Judgment.

Taxation and finance

We can draft and review mortgages, guarantees, charges and other securities documentation as well as advise in regard to GST, Capital Gains and Land Tax.

Business succession and asset protection

You need a plan in place to make sure that your business and personal assets are protected. We can work with your business and family to devise a plan that keeps your hard-won assets safe through unit, discretionary and family trusts, together with Wills and/or Powers of Attorney.

Whatever your circumstances, a good business lawyer on your side can help you mitigate the costly risks associated with running any business.

Contact us to find out more or to arrange a consultation.