Experience and expertise

Risk Management

  • Defamation and reputational management – particularly issues concerning social networking sites.
  • Duty of care and liability including off campus liability and risk management.
  • Insurance.
  • Child protection, subpoenas and Family Court Orders.
  • The internet and social media – particularly issues around use of, bullying and misrepresentation.
  • Inquiries and inquests.

Corporate and Governance

  • Foundations and trusts – including establishment, administration and winding-up.
  • General corporate and commercial law – e.g. company secretarial work, licensing, etc.
  • Governance – constitutional matters, advising on governing bodies’ duties, offering information sessions and directors’ introduction kits for School Boards and governing bodies, structuring of the Board for succession.
  • Corporate structures – including establishing, restructuring and winding-up related community, parents, past students and fundraising entity.
  • Tax concessions (including ACNC and ATO regulation).
  • Policy and legislative compliance.

Commercial

  • Advising on enrolments, codes of conduct and other policies.
  • Commercial Contracts – particularly assisting in the negotiation and administration of services and outsourcing contracts (e.g. maintenance, IT, HR).
  • Debt management and recovery.
  • Employment and industrial relations including application of awards, policies and advice on bullying, harassment, complaints, occupational health and safety, discipline, dismissal and employment contracts.
  • Intellectual property matters such as trademarks, copyright and domain names.
  • Litigation and dispute resolution – e.g. disciplinary proceedings, debt collection, etc.
  • Privacy and confidential information.
  • Property – acquisitions, dispositions and leasing, establishment and administration of building funds and planning issues.
  • Restructures, joint ventures, mergers, acquisitions and divestments.

Employment

  • Application of awards.
  • Advice on bullying and harassment.
  • Dealing with complaints.
  • Occupational health and safety issues.
  • Disciplinary issues and dismissal.
  • Employment contracts.
  • Discrimination.