Business - negotiation, structuring, transactions and governance
We provide advice about the most appropriate business structure for you to use, and can establish the structures for you. These structures may include Partnerships, Joint Ventures, Discretionary, Fixed and Unit Trusts, Companies, Incorporated Associations, or any other structure including any combination of the above.
We act for buyers and sellers of businesses including dealing with assignments of franchise agreements, asset lease-purchase arrangements, assignments of property leases and other licenses (like liquor and gaming licenses) and planning issues (such as with food premises licenses).
We can also work with you to govern the relations between the parties by way of Shareholder or Unitholder agreements, Management agreements and Partnership Agreements.
Commercial and Retail Property Leasing
Our commercial lawyers have a wide range of expertise and can advise you in regard to many other commercial matters. However, where we do not have a depth of knowledge in a particular area, we are happy to assist by referring you to specialists in that area.
Our commercial clients include local municipal councils, water authorities, property developers, commercial office owners, agribusiness, educational and religious institutions, clubs and hotels, as well as other commercial corporations and individuals.
Helping you to achieve your Goals
Our Property Law Team
We recognise that a property transaction is not merely a “conveyance”, and acknowledge that every transaction necessarily requires careful consideration and appropriate advice. Our team has the experience to deal with the complexities that your property transaction may involve, ranging from Goods and Services Tax to Water Entitlements associated with rural properties.
Over the years, our experienced team has developed excellent business relationships with other local professionals, such as Real Estate Agents, Accountants and Surveyors, which allows us to ensure that you are properly advised of all aspects of your property matters.
Services in Victoria and New South Wales
Our Family Law team consists of Karen Manning, Davina Pugliese and Charles Hart who are located in our Shepparton office.
Our team will be approachable and sympathetic to your needs, but able to provide strong and effective representation to obtain the best outcome.
The Family Law team assists clients with:
Water Law was identified as an important area of interest to our clients by our water guru John Adams more than 30 years ago. Recent reforms have resulted in Dawes & Vary developing an experienced team of advisers who:
Dawes & Vary has taken an active role over many years to assist clients to understand water laws, particularly during the recent water reforms, including conducting information sessions, meeting with relevant organisations to discuss issues such as the State Revenue Office, the Department of Sustainability & Environment and Goulburn-Murray Water.
The firm has also taken an active role in various working parties
and advisory committees to not only provide legal advice but also
to try to encourage changes which will benefit the overall processes
involved in Water Law.
The implementation of legislative change with the introduction of the amendments to the Water Act 1989 in Victoria has seen this new area of law develop. Water trading incorporates buying and selling High reliability and Low Reliability Water Shares, Allocation and Leasing of Water Entitlements.
Having recognised the need to have parties to water trading protected, Dawes & Vary are being engaged to:
Dawes & Vary have also been one of the major players in the Federal Government purchase of water shares, providing advice to clients with regard to government contracts and processes under government contracts.
In addition to assisting water traders, the firm assists Water Brokers and Agents in complex matters and also has been instructed by Brokers to prepare agency agreements to assist clients and Brokers in understanding all parties' roles in water trades.
In addition to this, our Echuca office has gained a reputation in being well knowledged and effective in New South Wales water trading. New South Wales water rules are evolving and are extremely complex.
The water trading team comprises Trish Vigliaturo, Leanne Schuyler,
Racheal Alamaras and Lesley Hart.
The area of Mortgages is a wide ranging practice and Dawes &
Vary is involved in all of these areas including:
Having been recognised as a leader in Water Law, the firm is working for several major banks to advise mortgagees in possession of water entitlements and their ability to realise the best price and arrangements for the sale of water.
Importantly, the majority of work being undertaken by Dawes & Vary is in providing advice to individuals relating to their personal guarantee of loan amounts either for friends, business associates or family. Most financial institutions require borrowers to obtain independent advice with regard to guarantees, a service that Dawes & Vary provides.
The Commercial team has members in all offices to assist clients.
The Dawes & Vary litigation team comprises Charles Hart and Davina Pugliese. They are based in our Shepparton Office and assist clients in:
Ever rapidly changing, Liquor Licensing is imperative to business and Dawes & Vary can advise clients in all aspects of their Licence. This includes:
Having provided advice to many Border Clubs and having close
consulting contacts, providing advice in regard to Liquor Licensing
is an area of interest to the firm.
The most important gift anyone will ever make in their life is in their Will. This is why it is so important that your Will is prepared with good advice, detailed consideration and accuracy.
Dawes & Vary assists clients with their Will requirements
In addition to drafting Wills each location has its own safe custody storage to ensure the safe keeping of your documents.
Being based in agricultural areas, there has been an acknowledgement from the firm of the importance of Succession Planning in Will preparation. Generational shifting in business enterprises is important to our clients and Dawes & Vary has an experienced team to provide options and solutions to clients for a smooth transition.
In addition to preparing Wills, the administration of an Estate is important and can be complicated. Having a dedicated Estate team, the firm can assist clients in:
As part of our practice, we also assist clients in preparation
and operation of Powers of Attorney and Guardianship including:
Dawes & Vary’s Wills and Probate team is headed by Terry
McKiterick who is an accredited specialist in Wills and Probates.