Hart & Co provides high quality legal services to boutique & mid-tier law firms across Australia
Hart & Co provides high quality legal services to boutique & mid-tier law firms across Australia
Hart & Co lawyers are the trusted advisers to small, medium and large businesses, ASX listed and other public companies and Government departments on commercial and employment law matters.
Energy, Resources and Renewables
Health, including pharmaceutical and distributors
Lawyers Weekly Awards Finalist
Women in Law Awards Finalist
Various Board appointments
LEAP Legal Software, Expert Panelist
Legal Forecast, Expert Panelist
Panelist at the Law Society of NSW’s Future of Law and Innovation in the Profession (FLIP) Conference
Reckon Accountants Expert Panelist
Thompson Reuters Practical Guidance
Lead lawyer advising shareholders in My Foot Dr on a scrip for scrip acquisition by Healthia, and advising those same shareholders in respect of the listing of Healthia on the ASX. This involved reviewing and providing advice on the implications of the Roll Over Agreement, Share Conversion, Shareholders Agreement (pre-listing), Implementation Deed, Constitution, and various other transaction documents.
Lead lawyer acting for one of Australia’s newest and most innovative insurers as they enter the Australian market, including advice on AFSL requirements, review and preparation of various commercial agreements including an AFSL licence agreement, services contracts, user terms and conditions, privacy documents, and competition terms and conditions.
Advising one of Australia’s largest RTOs (Registered Training Organisations) on a complex shareholder dispute (where the other shareholder involved was a director and employee of the RTO). This involved providing strategic commercial advice on the best removal options available under the Corporations Act, Shareholders Agreement and Constitution, and ultimately executing the strategy with the best upside for the RTO with the least risk.
Advising various large Australian and international organisations with a presence in the EU on compliance with the new GDPR regulations in the EU, including preparing internal checklists, updating privacy policies, reviewing and updating supplier and client agreements, and providing training sessions to key personnel.
Advising a mid-cap ASX listed company on various commercial matters including compliance with the Corporations Act and ASX disclosure and other associated listing requirements.
Acting for one of APAC region’s largest pharmaceutical distributors in various commercial/corporate matters including preparation, review and management of distribution agreements, regulatory compliance specific to the pharmaceutical industry and corporate governance and structuring.
Advising on the AFSL and Corporations Act requirements for an expat advisory business giving financial advice to Australians living overseas, and providing practical advice on options and ways to structure the business so as to fall outside the requirement to hold an AFSL.
Advising a New York based entity on the ASX’s listing requirements, including share escrow requirements.
Advising an Australian based boutique clothing retailer with stores across Australia and online on distribution agreements, supply terms, commercial contracts more generally, and employment law (including Award compliance).
Advising a US engineering company who successfully tendered to do the electrical engineering work on the Hay Solar project, being Australia’s biggest solar project valued at $150m, on their contractual obligations and negotiating the development/works contract on their behalf.
Acting for various renewables businesses across Australia in preparing credit applications and independent contractor agreements, particularly in relation to the installation of solar panels and the provision of wind farm services.
Reviewing various Government and major business tender service and supply contracts and successfully negotiating changes on behalf of successful tenderers including a recent supply/services contract for a major NSW infrastructure project. We have the ability to understand the key legal risks for a business and ensure those risks are mitigated in a way that works in practice for both the client and other party.
Acting in the sale and purchase of numerous businesses across all States and industries.
Advising a national architectural firm that was holding an architectural design competition on compliance with the various competition laws and licencing requirements in each State and Territory in Australia, and preparing their competition terms and conditions.
Acting on behalf of businesses establishing franchises, including in the food and beverage industry, and beauty and health industry. This has included preparing and advising on the disclosure obligations and compliance with the Franchising Code of Conduct, preparing the Franchise Agreement, intellectual property protection and licencing, preparing all associated documents and developing systems for franchisors to efficiently manage legal compliance.
Advising several national head franchisors (which fall under one group entity and none of which hold a builders licence) on the building advertising regulations in each State and Territory in respect of the use of words such as “build” and similar in their marketing material. This involved reviewing the current marketing materials for each franchisor as well as the franchisees across multiple platforms as against each piece of regulation and providing advice on what materials were non-compliant and how to ensure compliance. We developed an easy to use best practice guide for the franchisors and franchisees to use with State/Territory specific guidance.
Advising numerous businesses including both professional services firms and software technology businesses on the different options around giving employee’s shares, advising on compliance with the Employee Share Scheme (“ESS”) tax incentive laws, and preparing ESS’s and Employee Share Option Plans (“ESOPs”), Vesting Deeds and Shareholders Agreements.
Advising an ASX listed technology company on the process for restructuring their organisation and making a substantial number of their sales team redundant. We also acted throughout the redundancy and prepared all relevant notifications and documents and calculated entitlements and provided the company with support and guidance every step of the way. No unfair dismissal claims were made against the employer and the restructure was considered a success.
Advising numerous businesses on the differences between contractors and employees and how to avoid falling foul of the sham contracting provisions and avoid employment claims down the track.
Acting for one of New South Wales largest manufacturing businesses in drafting and negotiating two enterprise agreements, including assessing whether the agreements meet the better off overall test as against the relevant Award and advising on recommended changes. We acted for the business from the start of the process all the way through to applying for approval in the Fair Work Commission and working with the business to have it approved.
Acting for a medical centre in a claim by an employee which lead to an extensive Worksafe investigation into the safety of the workplace. This involved ensuring the centre was prepared for the investigation, and subsequently attending the Worksafe investigation hearing and responding to questions on behalf of the centre. We were able to secure a successful outcome for the centre with no fines, no convictions and no directions orders being issued against the centre. This was an extremely stressful time for the directors of the centre, who described our advice and representation as "invaluable".
Advising on the termination strategies for disruptive managerial and executive level employees and co-founders, including advice on how to deal with the associated vested and unvested shares in respect of both listed and private entities.
Advising numerous businesses on the impacts of the Workpac v Skene decision on casual employee entitlements.
Advising a UK based telecommunications provider entering the Australian market on intellectual property protection, and preparing numerous commercial contracts including reseller agreements, referral agreements, customer terms and conditions and distribution agreements.
Preparing SaaS Agreements and End User Licence Agreements for businesses in multiple industries, including building management, healthcare and security businesses.
Advising on a successful public capital raising by a technology company in regional New South Wales, including reviewing, advising on and updating the Information Memorandum to comply with the Corporations Act as well as advising on the fundraising requirements more generally.
Advising one of Victoria’s largest e-commerce platform management firms on various commercial matters, including preparation of their template Client Services Agreement, and advising them on different ways of structuring investment and assistance with the legal requirements of their public capital raising.
Acting in a large dispute involving a private business and a software development company and negotiated a favourable outcome which avoided costly and time-consuming Court proceedings.
Acting for a landlord or a new shopping centre in regional Queensland in the lead up to practical completion, including preparation of the Agreement for Lease, Lease and Disclosure Document for 50+ retail tenancies with most tenancies requiring different special conditions.
Reviewing leases and providing advice on key risks and costs and recommended changes, including how to successfully negotiate amendments.
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