Believe.

When business people believe, they can do amazing things. We give our clients the confidence to do so. We want them to fly.

Expertise

We are business law specialists focused on the smaller end of town – SME, private and family companies only. We help business people start, buy, grow and exit businesses and solve business disputes.

Here are some of things we can help with.

Start

  • Structuring? Companies – Trusts; Asset Protection
  • Taking on a new shareholder? – Shareholders Agreement
  • Sharing confidential information? – Confidentiality Agreement
  • Transferring intellectual property? – Intellectual Property Transfer Agreement
  • Franchising? – Franchise Agreement
  • Negotiation a deal? Heads of Agreement
  • Going into partnership? – Partnership Agreement
  • Adding a new partner? Partnership Accession Agreement
  • Adding a new shareholder? Shareholder Accession Deed
  • Adding a new unitholder? Unitholders Agreement
  • Borrowing Money? Loan Agreement
  • Buying a business? – Business Purchase Agreement; Share Purchase Agreement; Due Diligence; Structuring.

Grow

  • Outsourcing services? – Service Agreement
  • Supplying to customer? – Terms & Conditions of Sale
  • Collecting customers’ information? – Privacy Policy
  • Selling through your website? – Website Terms & Conditions
  • Licensing Software? – Software Licence Agreement
  • Building a website?
  • Website Development Agreement
  • Hiring a contractor? Contractor’s Agreement
  • Engaging an agent? Agency Agreement
  • Lending Money? – Loan Agreement
  • Engaging a distributor? – Distribution Agreement
  • Going into a joint venture? – Joint Venture Agreement
  • Licensing Intellectual Property? IP Licence Agreement
  • Licensing a trademark? – Trademark Licence Agreement
  • Licensing copyright? – Copyright License Agreement
  • Leasing property? – Property Lease
  • Engaging a manufacturer? – Manufacturing Agreement
  • Leasing plant & equipment? – Plant & Equipment Lease
  • Engaging an introducer? – Introducer Agreement
  • Sponsoring? – Sponsorship Agreement
  • Advertising? – Advertising Contract
  • Transporting goods? – Transport Agreement
  • Engaging a dealer? – Dealership Agreement
  • Taking / giving security interest? – Security Interest Agreement

Exit

  • Selling shares? – Share Sale Agreement
  • Selling a business? – Business Sale Agreement
  • Dissolving a partnership? – Partnership Dissolution Agreement
  • Transferring to family? – Business Succession Agreement
  • Selling to other shareholders? – Share Sale / Business Sale Agreement
  • Selling to external buyer? – Share Sale / Business Sale Agreement
  • Selling to employees? – Share Sale / Business Sale Agreement
  • Selling to private equity group? – Share Sale / Business Sale Agreement
  • Management buy-out? – Share Sale / Business Sale Agreement

Disputes

  • Shareholders Dispute / Unitholders Dispute / Partnership Dispute? – Advice and representation.
  • Dispute over business / company sale or purchase? – Advice and representation.
  • Contract Dispute? – Advice and representation.

Testimonials

Company Director, Brisbane

Joe Kafrouni has been our company’s lawyer from the beginning and has been instrumental in our journey as company owners and directors. When dealing with both complex and sensitive company issues, Joe is able to provide us with clearly articulated strategies that are well thought‐out and with the bigger picture in mind. He genuinely cares and is always willing to share his personal views, which are both honest and just. Joe is highly professional and knowledgeable in his field. You will definitely benefit having him on your team.

News & Publications

Social Media Marketing and the Law: The Small Business Guide

Starting a new business requires careful planning.  It also requires publicity.  Publicity is what connects you to your consumers, regardless of your chosen field.  Whether you offer good or services, you need consumers.  Fortunately, in the digital age, reaching them...

Australian Company Law – Small Business Guide

  The laws applying to Australian companies are substantial and complex. The key to Australian company law is the  Corporations Act 2001 (Cth), as amended from time to time. It is a delight that a recent amendment created a “plain English” guide to company...

A Practical Legal Guide to Starting a Business

This Guide is designed for use by business people and professional advisers when starting a business. The purpose of the Guide is to explain some of the key issues, specific risks and the potential for getting things wrong and some opportunities where professional...

A Practical Legal Guide to Buying A Business

This Guide is designed for use by buyers of businesses, business brokers and professional advisers when buying a business. The purpose of the Guide is to explain some of the key issues, specific risks and the potential for getting things wrong and some opportunities...

Licences and Permits: An Approach for Budding Businessowners

Businesses begin as ideas.  For a lot of small business owners, a business is a certain type of creative expression.  It is a combination of hard work, careful planning, and a bit of personal touch as well.  So, if you’re in the process of developing a new business from scratch, it’s understandable that your focus might remain on the bigger picture.  You might be concerned primarily with questions of how to appeal to customers, how to stand out from the crowd, and how to run a fulfilling business.  However, they’re not the only questions that need to be answered.

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Commercial Risk Management: Dodging Disputes

Every commercial activity carries with it some risk of dispute.  Sometimes, that risk is so slight as to be negligible.  But other times, the risks associated with a commercial action are significant.  To understand the risks your business may face in respect of any given activity, it’s important to know when disputes might arise, and what is at stake when they do.

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IP Rights: When Does Your Business Own What Employees Create?

All businesses create value.  They may do it in different ways, but the creation of value is what underpins commerce.  For some businesses, a service is the source of value on which they rely.  Others create products.  Generally, the value created by services or physical products goes first to the business.  From there, it is distributed among employees as wages.  It’s well accepted that even though an employee creates a product, the employee does not own that product.  But what if an employee creates value that is neither a product, nor a service?  If an employee creates intellectual property (IP), the question of ownership can become more complicated.  So, let’s take a look at intellectual property rights, and how they interact with the employee/employer relationship.

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Product Liability: What Manufacturers, Importers, and Vendors Need to Know

Product liability is an area of law with some unusual features.  In fact, there’s relatively little awareness of product liability and its reach among many manufacturers, importers, and vendors.  There’s good reason for that, too: it’s quite complex!  So let’s start with its definition.  Product liability essentially refers to the duty existing between the producer or seller of a product, and the purchaser or user of that product.  When you buy an item, you are entitled to use it under the expectation that it will fulfil its purpose effectively and safely.  If you buy something that fails to meet that basic standard of functionality and safety, you might face a risk of harm. read more…

Leadership

Our firm is led by Joe Kafrouni, with over twenty years' experience in law. Joe is a Queensland Law Society Accredited Specialist in business law. “I am driven to help my clients succeed."

Expertise

We are business law specialists focused on the smaller end of town - SME, private and family companies only. We help business people start, buy, grow and exit businesses and solve business disputes.

Where We See Our Clients

We are based at:

Newstead: Level 2, Lobby 1, Gasworks Plaza, 76 Skyring Terrace, Newstead, Qld, 4006.

Parking: 2 hours free parking available at Newstead offices.

Our office is only one option – we are not attached to them. Here is how we regularly meet our clients. Tell us what suits you.

Contact us at:

  • Phone: +61 7 3103 3199
  • Email: info@klaw.com.au