Business Law

We make it our business to understand your business. 

Family Business

Asset Protection

Business Contracts

Business Structuring

Business Succession Planning


Sladen Legal's business law team share the passion and dedication of our clients to make certain that businesses thrive. We work with private enterprise clients from a wide range of industries, we take the time to understand and listen to our clients and their challenges and become trusted advisors on a broad range of commercial issues. 

Our lawyers have an in-depth knowledge of all aspects of commercial law and work closely with accountants and advisors to get the best results for our clients. We are recognised as a leader in the market for our expertise, quality advice, and business insight. 


+61 3 9620 9288

Family Business

Running a successful and lucrative family business can be immensely rewarding, but can also present unique and often unexpected challenges.

At Sladen Legal we are dedicated to supporting private and family businesses and understand the unique factors, pressures, and challenges that they face. We recognise that each family business is different and work with our clients to develop targeted business strategies to drive results.

We place a particular emphasis on working with individual family members to minimise conflict, align goals and achieve successful outcomes., In doing so we frequently prepare family constitutions, sit on business advisory boards and participate in family meetings.

Our family business team are experts in their field with experience working across a variety of industries. Their dedication to achieving positive outcomes while preserving the unique nature of the client’s business, has seen them become trusted and highly regarded advisors to many successful family businesses.

We provide legal advice and guidance on a range of matters relating to family business, including:

Asset Protection

Business owners put a lifetime of hard work into accumulating wealth and assets. If you are not protected, that hard work can be undone in a moment.

In today's highly litigious landscape it is increasingly important to ensure your businesses wealth and assets are protected from potential creditors and lawsuits. At Sladen Legal we leverage the depth of our experience in taxation and trust law to ensure that you and future generations of your family maintain control over the wealth and assets accumulated or managed during your lifetime.

We have extensive experience in developing strategies and structures for new business owners, while evaluating the future needs of their business. We utilise this experience and our expert knowledge to plan ahead and develop innovative asset protection strategies for our clients.

Business Contracts

When it comes to commercial decisions even the smallest transaction can be fraught with danger or bursting with opportunity.

The Sladen Legal commercial contracts team is dedicated to providing clarity so that our clients understand the commercial realities that face their business.  We do this by having an understanding of our client's business and the industry they work in. This enables us to provide succinct advice which allows our clients to understand the risks or avenues for success that will affect their long term commercial goals.

Our commercial contracts team know the importance of both strategic and everyday commercial decisions to businesses which enables us to work with our clients to provide commercially focused outcomes in short time frames.

We provide a comprehensive range of expert advice in all areas of commercial contracts which includes:

  • Corporate governance;
  • Distribution arrangements;
  • Supply and service agreements;
  • Specialised agreements;
  • Personal property securities;
  • Franchising;
  • Terms of trade; and
  • Privacy policies

Business Structuring

When starting a business choosing the right structure will set your enterprise on the right path for success. As your business evolves and diversifies your needs change, and so might the structure of your business. 

Choosing your structure is an important first decision when setting up your business. Getting it right from the start will give your business the best chance at success, but as your business grows and your goals change your structure may need to change with it. We provide advice on a range of business structuring issues through all stages of the business lifecycle. 

We have worked across a range of industries and understand that each business is unique and should be structured accordingly. We work closely with our clients to understand their long-term goals and develop innovative business structuring solutions that meet their unique requirements.

Our expertise extends to intra-group relationships, investor agreements and roll-overs. Our primary objective is to explore all available options before identifying the structure and intra-group arrangements that will deliver the best possible outcome for our client.

We also provide advice to clients on matters relating to business successionmergers and acquisitionsbusiness litigation and workplace relations.

We provide business structuring advice and services in the following areas:

  • Partnerships
  • Joint ventures
  • Investor agreements
  • Intra-group relationships
  • Asset protection
  • Tax considerations
  • Business restructures

Business Succession Planning

Business succession planning is an essential consideration for all business owners. It ensures that when the time comes to change the management of your business the transition is a smooth one.

If you are a business owner there will come a time when you will leave, or take a step back from your business. It is important when that time comes that you have a succession planning strategy in place so the transition doesn't cause major disruption to the organisation you have worked so hard to build.  

We want to ensure your hard work doesn't go to waste. Whether you are a family business or a privately held Australian enterprise, we will work closely with you to develop innovative succession plans that will continue to evolve during the life cycle of the business. We do this by thoroughly evaluating and understanding our client’s business operations and assets, and make sure that we explore all available options before identifying those that will best suit their individual circumstances.

Business Lawyers