Legal Services

Maintaining a diverse range of commercial, public sector and private clients and with a background of providing in-house legal counsel, Lanyon Partners Legal focuses on the provision of cost effective, pragmatic, legal and commercial services aimed at achieving the best outcomes for the client. In supporting our clients we operate nationally and internationally.


Our commercial acumen and knowledge in specific industries (IT, Supermarkets, Vocational Education, Infrastructure) ensures added value to our clients and in so doing Lanyon Partners Legal takes a fresh and practical approach to legal practice that focuses on results.


Whether it is in business, government, not for profits or in our personal affairs, we follow the mantra that we want to work alongside our clients to Plan Build Manage Protect. We delight in enjoying our clients’ success.


Commerce and business is founded on the basis of contracts and that is the essence of what we do. We negotiate (Plan), draft (Build), interpret (Manage) and enforce (Protect) the whole raft of contracts and agreements that companies and individuals enter into to order their business and personal affairs.


We are passionate about our clients and our work. Our services cover all commercial issues including commercial contracts, competition law, governance, information technology, intellectual property and workplace relations. We pride ourselves on providing succinct answers to achieve commercial aims.

Areas of Practice

Business Structuring

What is the correct structure for setting up a new business? Should it be a company, a discretionary trust, a unit trust, a partnership or even a sole trader?


Each of these structures have different outcomes from a taxation, asset protection and personal liability viewpoint. We consider your plans and your individual circumstances when setting up the business structure that is right for you.

Commercial Law

What tools are required to manage both the day-to-day and strategic issues that arise in a company?

We have experience advising and assisting in relation to joint ventures, commercial contract negotiation, trading terms and conditions, shareholder agreements and distribution channel agreements. We are also experienced in advising on a broad range of consumer protection and competition law provisions of the Competition and Consumer Act, including exclusive dealing, third line forcing, dealer, promotion and agency agreements and other competition law issues.


Do you require assistance with your employment relationships? For employees and businesses, from hiring through to management, we can assist across many areas of employment law.

We can advise on areas including workplace relations, occupational health and safety, human resources policies, employment contracts and discrimination and adverse action issues.

Estate Planning

Passing away without a valid Will can mean your assets are held up for months or years as the Courts decide who is entitled to your benefits.


Whether you need a comprehensive estate plan for a complex family group or you simply want to make sure that your affairs are handled by a trusted friend or family member should you be unable to do so. Lanyon Partners Legal will help ensure your Wills, Powers of Attorney and Guardianships reflect your current wishes.

Governance and Compliance

When operating a business, what are the governance rules and regulations that you need to consider? What are the implications of these on your business and operating environments?

With a particular focus on governance in the not-for-profit and education sector we can provide a unique perspective on our clients’ governance issues and risks.

Information Technology

When dealing with information technology law, there are many questions and new issues that require extensive experience.

We can provide pragmatic advice in relation to domain name issues, software licensing, support, maintenance, distribution and re-selling, outsourcing, radio-communications and telecommunications, project management and system and hardware acquisitions.

Intellectual Property

What safeguards do you have in place to minimise risks and maximise commercial potential of intellectual property?


We are experienced in creating, protecting, defending, enforcing and commercialising our client’s valuable intellectual property rights. Particularly, we can assist with trademarks, passing off and consumer law and confidential information.

Succession Planning

In planning for the future it is essential that estate planning and succession planning issues are properly considered.


What does a business owner do when they have reached normal retirement age with no future plans for the business? What happens if a serious illness occurs at an earlier age and an urgent decision on the future of their business is required?


These types of situations require orderly planning for business succession. Considerations may include:

  • Are there capable people within the business who may become future owners?
  • Is there a desire to retain ownership within the family?
  • Are there competitors or similar businesses that may be interested in acquiring the business?
  • Are existing business partners capable of buying you out?
  • Is insurance in place that can provide proceeds to fund a business transaction?


In providing a comprehensive service we make recommendations in areas including:

  • Wills
  • Testamentary Trusts
  • Enduring Power of Attorney
  • Medical Power of Attorney
  • Guardianship


We enjoy working with our clients in planning and protecting them in these situations.