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SMES & START-UPS

A great number of our clients have flourished from a single, protected idea, a nominal number of staff and limited capital. Where resources are lean, newly-created and small to medium businesses require, prompt, intelligible and cost-effective advice. At FAL, we understand this and it has fundamentally shaped our approach as lawyers.

The fact that we do not practise areas of law in isolation means the SMEs we work with get what they need, when they need it. From creating the right, tax-efficient corporate structure, to drafting employment and template commercial/business agreements, identifying and commercialising IP, developing and securing your brand and resolving disputes quickly, we can assist you from the very beginning through to getting your products and services to the market and beyond.

We want our clients to grow and succeed and we are acutely aware of the challenges and hurdles faced by smaller companies in the development phase. Over the last 20 years, we have built an extensive, trusted network of professionals, consultants, investors, accountants and others who have demonstrated both a passion for and success with providing the right guidance and assistance through this critical stage.

A key to the operability of your business may be a licence to use and develop already protected technology, whether held by other companies or by organisations such as CSIRO. In turn, our clients often wish to licence or sell that technology on to larger purchasers. Our experience advising multinationals and major government agencies can help you quickly obtain and supply the technology you need for your business, on commercially sound terms.

Many entrepreneurs, particular in the technology space, will develop a company with the ultimate goal of a profitable exit strategy, whether through sale/acquisition or flotation. We can advise you on the risks and benefits of each option and ensure that your business is properly valued, by paying special attention to your intangible assets such as your brand and IP.

Our services to SMEs:
  • Contracts & Agreements
  • Corporate Structuring / Transition
  • Corporate Governance
  • Grants / Capital Fund Raising
  • Employment
  • Mediation and Dispute Resolution
  • Intellectual Property
  • Information Technology
  • Patent & Technology Commercialisation
  • Plant Breeder’s Rights
  • Trade Marks & Brand Strategy
  • IP Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • Taxation Exemptions
  • Defence Export Controls
  • Customs & International Trade
Significant matters

Our lawyers advised on a combined licence and manufacturing strategy for a platform technology in the aerosol industry with diverse applications for paint, mining, cleaning, personal products and the beverage industry.

FAL advised a startup medical technology company producing polymers for use in ocular implants on compliance with US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) requirements on clinical trials, leading to accreditation of their facilities.

FAL advises ProjectProject, a diversified IT and multimedia company, developing apps, websites and brands, on a diverse range of issues including corporate structuring, T&Cs, collaborative agreements, health records and privacy, licensing and intellectual property assignments.