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WARD Lawyers is a respected choice for commercial clients who want to partner with advisors who provide legal risk management advice in support of sustainable business growth.

KEY PRACTICE AREAS

COMMERCIAL & CORPORATE ADVISORY

Advisory

LITIGATION

Litigation

WORKPLACE

Workplace

PLANNING & ENVIRONMENT

Planning

PROPERTY DEVELOPMENT

Property

CONSTRUCTION

Construction

COMMERCIAL & CORPORATE ADVISORY

Advisory
COMMERCIAL & CORPORATE ADVISORY

Today’s business world is ever-changing and fast paced. It is important for clients to partner with lawyers who are proactive, responsive and solution driven.

Commercial and corporate advisory work has been at the core of our practice for the last 40 years.

Drawing on vast experience and working across a wide variety of industries, our team partners with clients to provide commercially focused advice and solutions.

Our team acts for privately held SME’s, publicly listed companies, family business and high net worth individuals. They provide timely, bankable
and cost-effective advice. Not only do they manage the key risks to which commercial undertakings are exposed, they assist clients to achieve their business goals. Delivering results is their focus.

Our clients tell us that they respect us for being thorough and for giving bullet proof advice.

Members of our team have expertise in mergers and acquisitions, equity capital markets, regulatory compliance, corporate governance, corporate structuring, financing, succession planning and family business.

LITIGATION

Litigation
LITIGATION

Litigation has become increasingly complex, it can be costly and it can often involve high stakes and reputational risk.

Our litigation team acts for corporates and individuals faced with the challenges that arise from that environment.

Drawing on their broad experience they are a respected choice for clients, who want to partner with their legal advisors particularly in times of crisis where calm, deliberative and experienced counsel is required.

Successful outcomes in litigation revolve around your team having a well thought our strategy and implementing it. Sometimes that strategy will require preparation of a matter for trial and taking it to verdict but more often it will involve negotiating the best possible settlement of a dispute.

Our litigation team focuses on reaching quick and commercially beneficial resolution of disputes.

Members of our team have high proficiency in acting for clients faced with commercial and contractual disputes, property and construction disputes and estate and trust disputes.

Over recent years our team has developed a market leading reputation for acting in high profile financial and shareholder disputes involving class actions. We have achieved many successful outcomes for directors and officers from public and private companies involved in a range of industries. No more so than the landmark Timbercorp case where a properly constructed strategy successfully defended directors against investors.

WORKPLACE

Workplace
WORKPLACE

Every employer faces a myriad of issues in their work place on a daily basis.

Our workplace law team acts for employers and helps them to resolve those issues.

They represent employers across the full gamut of employment and industrial relations, OH&S and WorkCover.

Our team gives specialist advice in workplace investigations, misconduct allegations, fraud recoveries, surveillance and privacy, fitness for duties investigations, mental injury claims, separation of employment and contractor and independent contractor issues.

Members of our team have extensive litigation experience in matters before the Fair Work Commission, defending employment, OH&S and WorkCover proceedings and providing representation for Coroners Court matters. In addition, they can prepare employment contracts and policy and procedure manuals to cover every situation.

Above all else, our team focuses on providing employers not just with great advice but with recommendations and strategies to resolve issues especially when faced with challenges across multiple intersecting disciplines in employment and industrial relations, OH&S and WorkCover.

PLANNING & ENVIRONMENT

Planning
PLANNING & ENVIRONMENT

Planning within Australia is a complex and ever changing process.

We only act for developers and by doing so we avoid conflicts.

Our focus is to help our developer clients navigate through complexities and changes in the planning process to ensure projects are delivered on time and on budget. We appreciate our clients want their project delivered as quickly and as profitably as possible and this is our objective too.

Drawing on the expertise of one of Australia’s market leading planning and environment lawyers, our team can deliver projects ranging from the small or unusual to the most iconic and large developments.

Members of our team help developers with planning permit approvals, interpretation and effect of planning schemes and related legislation, heritage controls, developments across residential, commercial, industrial and retail projects and environmental issues such as land contamination, waste disposal, environmental audits and EPA works and licences.

Beyond work undertaken in planning we have high level proficiency in sustainability and environmental work. Many projects face sensitive environmental issues and they are an ever present consideration when delivering projects. Our experience in environmental work is demonstrated by successful outcomes in the delivery of significant solar and wind projects.

We like to partner with our developer clients from the earliest stages of their projects and give strategic advice on process.   We want to understand their business so we can truly assist with commercial outcomes. We think “whole of project” which means we are always focused on broader interests, not just the transaction at hand; thinking of the implications for the next step of the project to help solve our client’s current challenges.

By obtaining permit approvals and avoiding disputes or delays with VCAT hearings, we maximise your projects potential.

PROPERTY DEVELOPMENT

Property
PROPERTY

Owning property is part of the great Australian dream.

We are passionate about helping our clients achieve that dream.

Whether you are an individual, company or developer, we provide a full service.

Our team brings to life the purchase or sale of your home, your development (commercial, residential, industrial or retail) or your investment property.

Projects for our clients can range from the traditional smaller or medium scale developments through to large broad acre or high density residential developments, apartment towers, shopping centres, off the plan developments, industrial parks and mixed use developments.

Our team is on the cutting edge of recent changes in Australian property development to the advantage of both local and overseas clients. Members of our team are fluent in Mandarin, Malay, Cantonese, Hokkien, Hakka, Indonesian, Shanghainese, Polish and Yiddish allowing them to give invaluable insights to clients exploring a range of development and investment opportunities in Australia and internationally.

Clients turn to us for their property work as we professionally cover all of their needs from start to finish. Our team of highly credentialed lawyers, paralegals and conveyancing clerks can deliver every aspect of your project whether you are buying, selling, leasing, financing, constructing or developing.

CONSTRUCTION

Construction
CONSTRUCTION

Every development project needs construction advice whether front end or back end to ensure successful delivery.

Our construction team works closely with specialists in our planning & environment team and our highly experienced property lawyers. This enables them to deliver coordinated whole of project advice with prompt turnaround of contractual documentation and timely delivery of risk management advice.

We act for owners, developers, financiers, project managers, project sponsors, consultants and contractors.

Commercial retail and residential development projects are our specialty.

Our broader work involves advice on project delivery, strategy and negotiation and drafting of contracts whether for head contractors, subcontractors, consultants or related service providers. We also help with strategic administration and management of contracts to avoid disputes and maximize outcomes. If a dispute does arise, we can guide you through court or arbitration processes.

Our focus is delivering effective documentation to manage your project whilst minimizing risk.