• Commercial Law

    Commercial Law

    We are business people as much as we are lawyers. We will take care of the legal documents so you can confidently run your business.
    As your business grows, its risk profile and governance challenges will change. We partner with our clients over the long term to ensure they are in the driver’s seat for success.

  • Dispute Resolution

    Dispute Resolution

    We are in your corner when the going gets tough. Having resolved over 6,500 disputes for business owners have seen it all before.

    Whether you need a skilled negotiator or a fearless litigator, we specialise in delivering commercial results when:

    Customers refuse to pay;
    Suppliers let you down; and
    Business Partners do the wrong thing.

  • Employment & Safety

    Employment & Safety

    The biggest challenge for any business owner, is managing their employees.

    A difficult employee can make you question why you got into business in the first place and be toxic to your team morale.

    We deliver proactive solutions to manage your team via employment contracts, policies and procedures as well as handling employment disputes when they arise.

  • Property & Construction

    Property & Construction

    Property is the key most wealth in Australia.  Whether you are buying, selling, leasing or developing property, you need a lawyer you can count on.

    We can advise on the whole property development process from obtaining finance to development approvals, construction and sale or leasing.

    We also act for the Master Builders Victoria and have extensive expertise in construction contracts and disputes.

  • Family Law

    Family Law

    At Taurus Legal Management we understand the unique challenges clients encounter during family disputes, especially when children are involved. Our family lawyers specialise in handling high-asset cases with a focus on protecting clients wealth, securing their family’s future, and safeguarding the best interests of their children.


How to Know Whether You Need a Lawyer or a Conveyancer?

Transactions of home ownership, known as conveyancing, is an intricate area of the law. There are certain specific requirements that parties to the transaction need either a conveyancer or lawyer to do on their behalf. Whilst the role of a lawyer and conveyancer can overlap, they are very different.

But how do you know which one you need?

Often, whether you need a lawyer or conveyancer will depend on the complexity of the transaction, whether there is a dispute and the level of service you require.

Role of a Lawyer vs Conveyancer

The key differences between a lawyer and a conveyancer are –

  Lawyer Conveyancer
Can assist and provide advice when complex legal issues arise
Can provide advice about other legal matters which may affect the conveyance
Can draft complex special conditions and review contracts of sale
Better protection from risk
Access to the Fidelity Fund for you in the event of fraud
Has a greater understanding of overlapping areas of law
Is likely to have a lower set fee
Can affect property transfers

Legal Advice and Issues

Property transactions can include very complex and varied legal requirements. A lawyer can provide you with legal advice which a conveyancer cannot. For example, there may be complicated overlap with family law, deceased estates, special conditions or subdivision clauses which you will benefit from having legal advice on prior to proceeding with the transaction.

Even where these more complex issues don’t appear at the start of the transaction, they can develop over time. For example, we frequently deal with breaches of a contract of sale, delays in settlement and what to you can do if you don’t want to proceed with the transaction. In any of these scenarios, a conveyancer would need to refer your matter to a lawyer. This means you need to deal with a new lawyer and again explain the background of the transaction. This will be more costly and time consuming. Engaging a lawyer from the beginning means that these issues can be dealt with as the matter progresses.

Risk Mitigation and Fraud Protection

Lawyers are bound by very strict rules, which require them to act ethically and in your best interests. These rules are for the benefit of their clients.

Lawyers are also required to have insurance, which you may be able to rely on for protection from any errors caused. Engaging a lawyer will also allow you to access the Fidelity Fund for compensation if your property or money has been lost due to dishonesty or fraud.

These stringent rules and back up protections that are in place, provide additional peace of mind when dealing with large deposits and settlement sums.

Knowledge of Legislation and Processes

Lawyers are required by law to maintain at least 10 points of continued professional development each year. This means that a lawyer may be more up to date with case law and property legislation.


Conveyancers generally offer a cheaper conveyancing fee than lawyers. However, conveyancers are also limited in what they can provide to you through the conveyancing process. They cannot provide legal advice, and generally will refer matters to lawyers where issues fall outside of the agreed contract.

These are matters which you must weight up when deciding whether a lawyer or conveyancer is appropriate for what you need.

If you need assistance with your property matter or conveyancing transaction, contact an experienced lawyer at Taurus Legal Management on (03) 9481 2000 or info@tauruslawyers.com.au.




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