Commercial Law

Corporations and Trusts
Structure and Formation

We can advise and assist you develop and establish your business, business trusts and corporate structure, acquire or dispose of shares and advise on the duties of directors and trustees. We have many years experience in advising on and drafting and customizing shareholder agreements and company rules and constitutions and trust deeds.


Whether you are involved in a winding up application, caught up in a directors' or shareholders' dispute, seeking to have forensic techniques applied in the pursuit of missing or stolen assets or are pursuing remedies for breach of directors' duties, breach of trust or fraud, we have the knowledge and experience to act for you.

Loans and Securities

When borrowing or obtaining a loan, you will often need to provide security such as a personal guarantee, a PPSR charge over assets, or a mortgage over property. As you will need to know the costs of borrowing, your obligations and the consequences of breach, it is essential that when negotiating or considering any suite of loan and security documentation, that you get the best advice so that the risk to you and your assets may be minimized.

At Jude Lawyers, we act for both borrowers and lenders, investors and developers. We can assist in assessing, negotiating and drafting the suite of loan and security documentation and checking and registering your interests to ensure that any lending, investing or borrowing is capable of being maintained to achieve your goals while being within the parameters of the level of risk acceptable to you.

Leasing and Licensing

Commercial and retail leases are required as part of most businesses and form a significant regular cost. In the NT, while most commercial and retail leases are subject to the Business Tenancies (Fair Dealings) Act, leases on pastoral, mining and Aboriginal land are subject to different laws and legislation that may be confusing and complex. Where there are restrictions on leasing or the assignment or transfer of a lease, it may be appropriate to licence the property. At Jude Lawyers we can advise on all manner of leasing and licensing issues and work with you to negotiate and draft the best achievable terms.

Commercial Legal Advice

With our focus on you achieving your goals, we advise on all forms of commercial agreements, contracts, deeds and trusts and can help you minimize risk, avoid problems, negotiate, and represent you to resolve disputes should they arise. Our lawyers are experienced in drafting and assessing legal instruments and have provided advice to both government and the private and corporate sectors. Buying, selling, importing, exporting, leasing, lending, hiring, securing - we will explain your rights, obligations, costs, time lines, contingencies and where there is a problem, provide possible commercial solutions with minimal risk.

Debt Recovery, Dispute Resolution and Litigation

In most cases, commercial disputes may be resolved through negotiation and compromise. Where however action needs to be taken, our highly skilled and responsive lawyers are always ready to appropriately escalate matters and commence legal action. In litigation, we are a battle hardened team. From the local tribunals to the Australian High Court, we have the knowledge and experience to represent you.

Commercial Areas in which we practice
  • Acquisitions, Dispositions, Tenders & Probity
  • Administrative & Government Law
  • Building & Construction
  • Commercial Disputes
  • Contract
  • Corporations Law
  • Debt Recovery
  • Employment & Industrial Relations
  • Freedom of Information & Privacy
  • Information Technology & Intellectual Property
  • Insolvency, Bankruptcy & Company Wind Ups
  • Insurance
  • Taxation
  • Trade Practices
  • Trusts & Complex Wills
In litigation, we are a battle hardened team.

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Ground Floor
9-11 Cavenagh Street
Darwin NT 0800
Phone: (08) 8941 8229