What are some common types of contracts?
We draft a range of contracts for businesses in a wide range of industries. Some of these agreements are internal, between the owners of a business (such as shareholder or partnership agreements). Others are between businesses and external stakeholders (like supply or service agreements).
Common contracts include:
- Sale or purchase of a business
- Shareholder agreements
- Partnership agreements
- Supply agreements
- Employment agreements
- Standard terms and conditions for sale of goods and services
- Joint venture agreements
- Confidentiality agreements or non-disclosure deeds
- Licence agreements
- Distribution agreements
- Privacy policies
- Commercial leases
- Franchise agreements
- Loan agreements
- Plant and equipment leases
Looking for something that’s not on this list? We are able to draft, review and advise on all types of business contracts. Contact us to find out what other contracts we can assist you with.
We can assist you with proposed or existing contracts by:
- Drafting new contracts
- Drafting variations to contracts
- Reviewing and advising on your obligations or risks arising under agreements
- Advising on enforceability of agreements
- Taking steps to enforce breached agreements
- Registering interests on the Personal Properties and Securities Register
Get in contact with us today if you want to discuss how we can assist you with your business agreements.
What laws govern contracts?
Legislation and case law limit the enforceability of contractual clauses. Some examples of limitations on contracts include contracts between businesses and consumers that must comply with the provisions of the Australian Consumer Law. This includes consumer guarantees, unconscionability and unfair contract terms. Some of these provisions extend to contracts with small businesses. The Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) and case law dictate how companies can enter into contracts.
Privacy laws govern how you collect personal information from individuals, and case law prevents “penalty provisions” from being enforceable.
Most transactions will have tax or stamp duty implications. State sale of goods legislation outlines mandatory minimum standards for sale of goods contracts. The Competition and Consumer Act 2010 imposes limitations on conduct that affects competition in the marketplace.
I’ve agreed to something but haven’t signed an agreement – is this enforceable?
Contracts can be created orally or in writing. The problem with oral contracts is that the terms of the agreement are difficult to make out. It’s important to be aware that you can still be bound by an unsigned contract if you have taken actions consistent with the terms of the agreement.
“Butlers prepared standard contracts for every-day use in our business. The team ensured that the contracts complied with Australian Consumer Law and advised on best practices for PPSR registration. Their experience and knowledge in this complicated area was invaluable, and we feel that our business now has the best protection from expensive legal disputes.”
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