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Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2011
  • Location:
    Brisbane, Australia
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Law Insurance Law Personal Injury Litigation Transportation Law Shipping and Maritime Law Trade Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2017
  • Location:
    Perth, Australia
  • Practice Areas:
    Mining Law Equity Capital Markets Law Corporate Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Commercial Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2017
  • Location:
    Brisbane, Australia
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation Alternative Dispute Resolution Commercial Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Brisbane, Australia
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Commercial Law Tax Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2012
  • Location:
    Brisbane, Australia
  • Practice Areas:
    Mergers and Acquisitions Law Trusts and Estates Commercial Law Tax Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Melbourne, Australia
  • Practice Areas:
    Mergers and Acquisitions Law Corporate / Governance Practice Commercial Law Equity Capital Markets Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2010
  • Location:
    Adelaide, Australia
  • Practice Areas:
    Private Equity Law Venture Capital Law Corporate Law Funds Management Corporate / Governance Practice Commercial Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Leveraged Buyouts
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Melbourne, Australia
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Law Biotechnology Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2012
  • Location:
    Brisbane, Australia
  • Practice Areas:
    Alternative Dispute Resolution Franchise Law Commercial Law Telecommunications Law Litigation Biotechnology Law Defamation and Media Law Information Technology Law Intellectual Property Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2017
  • Location:
    Adelaide, Australia
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Commercial Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Adelaide, Australia
  • Practice Areas:
    Leasing Law Real Property Law Commercial Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2017
  • Location:
    Melbourne, Australia
  • Practice Areas:
    Labour and Employment Law Commercial Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2014
  • Location:
    Brisbane, Australia
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Commercial Law Corporate / Governance Practice
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    Melbourne, Australia
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2014
  • Location:
    Adelaide, Australia
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Brisbane, Australia
  • Practice Areas:
    Agriculture and Rural Affairs Government Practice Commercial Law
Lawyer
Kylie Downes QC was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Kylie Downes QC

Northbank Chambers
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Brisbane, Australia
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Commercial Law Litigation Construction / Infrastructure Law Intellectual Property Law Insolvency and Reorganization Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    Barton, Australia
  • Practice Areas:
    Information Technology Law Commercial Law Government Practice
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2017
  • Location:
    Brisbane, Australia
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Adelaide, Australia
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Melbourne, Australia
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2017
  • Location:
    Sydney, Australia
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation Commercial Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2012
  • Location:
    Brisbane, Australia
  • Practice Areas:
    Equity Capital Markets Law Corporate Law Corporate / Governance Practice Commercial Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Agriculture and Rural Affairs
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Adelaide, Australia
  • Practice Areas:
    Mergers and Acquisitions Law Corporate Law Commercial Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Sydney, Australia
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Commercial Law Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2012
  • Location:
    Adelaide, Australia
  • Practice Areas:
    Banking and Finance Law Corporate Law Commercial Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2014
  • Location:
    Brisbane, Australia
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Law Agriculture and Rural Affairs Corporate Law Corporate / Governance Practice
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2009
  • Location:
    Sydney, Australia
  • Practice Areas:
    Information Technology Law Intellectual Property Law Corporate Law Outsourcing Law Commercial Law Privacy and Data Security Law Telecommunications Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2014
  • Location:
    Perth, Australia
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Law Corporate Law Transportation Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2014
  • Location:
    Adelaide, Australia
  • Practice Areas:
    Trusts and Estates Agriculture and Rural Affairs Corporate Law Commercial Law Planning and Environmental Law Wealth Management / Succession Planning Practice
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2017
  • Location:
    Brisbane, Australia
  • Practice Areas:
    Mergers and Acquisitions Law Corporate Law Commercial Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2014
  • Location:
    Brisbane, Australia
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Law Trusts and Estates Superannuation Law Wealth Management / Succession Planning Practice
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Sydney, Australia
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2014
  • Location:
    Adelaide, Australia
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Law Venture Capital Law Corporate Law Private Equity Law Water Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Barton, Australia
  • Practice Areas:
    Government Practice Commercial Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2014
  • Location:
    Adelaide, Australia
  • Practice Areas:
    Project Finance and Development Practice Commercial Law Structured Finance Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2014
  • Location:
    Melbourne, Australia
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Law Corporate Law Equity Capital Markets Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Sydney, Australia
  • Practice Areas:
    Alternative Dispute Resolution Litigation Commercial Law
Lawyer
John McKenna QC was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

John McKenna QC

Level 16 Quay Central
  • Recognized Since: 2012
  • Location:
    Brisbane, Australia
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation Commercial Law Bet-the-Company Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2012
  • Location:
    Sydney, Australia
  • Practice Areas:
    Construction / Infrastructure Law Commercial Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2016
  • Location:
    Brisbane, Australia
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Law Corporate Law Corporate / Governance Practice Mergers and Acquisitions Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2014
  • Location:
    Balmain, Australia
  • Practice Areas:
    Information Technology Law Commercial Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Melbourne, Australia
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Law Corporate / Governance Practice Mergers and Acquisitions Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    Brisbane, Australia
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Law Corporate Law Corporate / Governance Practice Mergers and Acquisitions Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Brisbane, Australia
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    Brisbane, Australia
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    Melbourne, Australia
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Law Tax Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Melbourne, Australia
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Commercial Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2014
  • Location:
    Melbourne, Australia
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Law Health and Aged Care Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2012
  • Location:
    North Sydney, Australia
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2014
  • Location:
    Melbourne, Australia
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Law Corporate Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Private Equity Law Venture Capital Law Corporate / Governance Practice Funds Management
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2017
  • Location:
    Melbourne, Australia
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment Law Defamation and Media Law Sports Law Commercial Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Adelaide, Australia
  • Practice Areas:
    Construction / Infrastructure Law Commercial Law Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Brisbane, Australia
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Brisbane, Australia
  • Practice Areas:
    Mergers and Acquisitions Law Corporate Law Commercial Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    Melbourne, Australia
  • Practice Areas:
    Venture Capital Law Commercial Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Brisbane, Australia
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Law Insurance Law Transportation Law Shipping and Maritime Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Brisbane, Australia
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Law Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2012
  • Location:
    Adelaide, Australia
  • Practice Areas:
    Mergers and Acquisitions Law Commercial Law Agriculture and Rural Affairs Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Adelaide, Australia
  • Practice Areas:
    Oil and Gas Law Planning and Environmental Law Native Title Law Commercial Law Mining Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2008
  • Location:
    Canberra, Australia
  • Practice Areas:
    Government Practice Commercial Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2016
  • Location:
    Sydney, Australia
  • Practice Areas:
    Venture Capital Law Commercial Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law

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Practice Area Definition

Commercial Law Definition

The practice of corporate/commercial law in Australia touches on a very broad range of legal specializations.

At its heart, corporate/commercial law involves:

  • The consideration of the Law of Contract as it applies to corporations engaging in trade and commerce; and
  • The interpretation and application of the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) which is the central statute governing corporate law in Australia.
    As such, the practice of corporate/commercial law in Australia requires:
    • A deep understanding of the Law of Contract which is largely derived from the Common Law (i.e. case-based and Court-developed precedent) with certain parameters imposed by statute (such as legislation dealing with consumer protection, unjust contracts, competition/anti-trust law, and time-bars on claims)
    • Considerable knowledge and experience of corporate law, in particular the Corporations Act which applies to bodies corporate and includes foreign incorporated bodies carrying on business in Australia and certain trust structures such as managed investment schemes.

The Corporations Act governs: the establishment of corporations; membership rights and obligations; corporate governance (e.g. director's duties and requirements for meetings of members and directors); solvency; funding (both debt and equity) and the associated financial services licensing regime which regulates offers of financial products, providing financial advice and related services; capital management (e.g. share buybacks, capital reductions, and financial assistance); continuous disclosure, disclosure of direct and indirect share ownership and related issues such as insider trading, where company securities trade on a financial market; and acquisitions (including public company takeovers, schemes of arrangement, and compulsory acquisition of securities).

It is also important in the practice of corporate and commercial law in Australia to have an understanding of a number of important regulatory bodies, such as the Takeovers Panel (which has a significant oversight of takeovers and schemes of arrangement involving companies with 50 members or more) and the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) (the main Australian corporate regulator, which operates under a separate statute and is responsible for both the regulation of bodies corporate and the development of policy and guidelines for the operation of the Corporations Act). Additionally, in the listed company environment, an understanding of the financial markets and financial markets operators that carry on business in Australia, (principally ASX Ltd and the listing rules of ASX Ltd) is required.

As a consequence, corporate/commercial lawyers are required to have the skills and experience to canvass a very wide range of issues at some depth.

The practice of corporate/commercial law in Australia touches on a very broad range of legal specializations.

At its heart, corporate/commercial law involves:

  • The consideration of the Law of Contract as it applies to corporations engaging in trade and commerce; and
  • The interpretation and application of the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) which is the central statute governing corporate law in Australia.
    As such, the practice of corporate/commercial law in Australia requires:
    • A deep understanding of the Law of Contract which is largely derived from the Common Law (i.e. case-based and Court-developed precedent) with certain parameters imposed by statute (such as legislation dealing with consumer protection, unjust contracts, competition/anti-trust law, and time-bars on claims)
    • Considerable knowledge and experience of corporate law, in particular the Corporations Act which applies to bodies corporate and includes foreign incorporated bodies carrying on business in Australia and certain trust structures such as managed investment schemes.

The Corporations Act governs: the establishment of corporations; membership rights and obligations; corporate governance (e.g. director's duties and requirements for meetings of members and directors); solvency; funding (both debt and equity) and the associated financial services licensing regime which regulates offers of financial products, providing financial advice and related services; capital management (e.g. share buybacks, capital reductions, and financial assistance); continuous disclosure, disclosure of direct and indirect share ownership and related issues such as insider trading, where company securities trade on a financial market; and acquisitions (including public company takeovers, schemes of arrangement, and compulsory acquisition of securities).

It is also important in the practice of corporate and commercial law in Australia to have an understanding of a number of important regulatory bodies, such as the Takeovers Panel (which has a significant oversight of takeovers and schemes of arrangement involving companies with 50 members or more) and the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) (the main Australian corporate regulator, which operates under a separate statute and is responsible for both the regulation of bodies corporate and the development of policy and guidelines for the operation of the Corporations Act). Additionally, in the listed company environment, an understanding of the financial markets and financial markets operators that carry on business in Australia, (principally ASX Ltd and the listing rules of ASX Ltd) is required.

As a consequence, corporate/commercial lawyers are required to have the skills and experience to canvass a very wide range of issues at some depth.