Luke is part of our commercial and business law team. His days involve providing advice on a wide variety of commercial issues that arise in operating small to medium businesses, where he assists clients who are growing their business or wanting to protect what they’ve established. This includes establishing and structuring businesses such as through Shareholders Agreements, registration of trade marks, the protection/licensing of intellectual property, acting on business sale and purchase transactions, and reviewing and negotiating retail and commercial leases for tenants. He is also experienced in acting for landlords in a variety of leasing matters.
With a particular specialty in franchising law, Luke has previously spent a number of years acting for a diverse range of multinational franchisors. His experience in this area includes advising franchisors on day-to-day operational issues and regulatory compliance, drafting/updating Franchise Agreements and Disclosure Documents, and acting on new grants/renewals/resales. From the setting up of new franchise systems, to working closely with established franchisors, Luke assists his clients maintain that careful balance of a healthy franchisor/franchisee relationship.
Acting for franchisors is only just part of his experience. He has helped franchisees of many different franchise systems achieve that exciting goal of becoming a business owner. After giving advice to determine the best business structure, Luke carries out a comprehensive review of Franchise Agreements, gives plain-English advice on the key terms and considerations, and then negotiates changes. He’s then just a phone call away to answer any questions once the business is up and running.
Luke has also assisted many franchisees and franchisors resolve their differences in times of dispute, helping his clients navigate the process of issuing and/or responding to breach notices.
In his spare time, Luke is an active member of the Queensland Law Society Franchising Law Committee which allows him to keep on the forefront of the latest developments in laws affecting franchising, and to contribute towards submissions to government on topical issues facing the franchising industry.
Luke will strive to be an essential part of your business’ team.