• 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.


The following checklist sets out some issues and questions you should consider when you are starting a business according to our Commercial Lawyers in Melbourne:


  • Do you have a business plan? A business plan is a great place to start and can be a requirement when seeking finance.
  • Do you have a marketing plan? New customers are the lifeblood of a business. How will you find them?
  • Do you have the right support?  A good accountant, marketer, lawyer? Good professionals will fill your skills gaps and let you focus on what you do best.


  • Have you chosen your business structure?  Company, Trust or Partnership? Are you sure this is the right structure for you?
  •  Do you have Company Constitution / Trust Deed / Partnership Agreement?
  •  If you chose a company structure, have you registered your company with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC)?


  •  Are registered for GST (if needed)?
  • Have you registered a tax file number?
  • Do you need any licences to carry on your business?
  • Do you have a system set up for keeping your records?
  • Are you insured for public liability, business and product liability?


  •  If you are leasing the premises, do you have a current written lease?  How long is it?  Does it have further terms available?
  • Is your lease be governed by the Retail Leases Act 2003 (Vic)? This Act will provide a tenant with certain benefits, such as a minimum term and the right to receive disclosure statement.


  • Do you have Terms and Conditions for your customers setting out your payment terms?
  • Do you have a system set up for invoicing and following up payment from customers?
  • If you trade online, do you have website terms?

Protecting your Brand

  • Are your trademarks (such as the name or logo of your business) protected with an IP Australia registration?
  • Have you registered your domain name (using your business name)?
  • Is your business name registered?
  • If your business is creating new products, have you protected the intellectual property in your creation?


  •  Do your employees have employment agreements?
  • Do your employment agreements stop your employees from taking your customers or competing with you?
  • Do you have workers compensation insurance? Do you have policies in place to minimise the risk of a workplace injury?
  • Are you registered for Pay As you Go withholding?
  • Are your employees governed by a modern award? If so, are you aware of your obligations under the award?

Although this is not a comprehensive list of everything you need to consider when you are starting a business, it is a good place to start. If you need help setting up your business, please contact a member of the Commercial Lawyers Melbourne team on (03) 9481 2000.

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