Commercial Law


The firm’s founder and principal, Bernard Collaery, came to understand the needs of growing businesses in the most direct way possible – by starting one. Bernard has also chaired various private technology innovation start ups and charitable organisations.  

We don’t just provide legal advice; we provide value to start ups and businesses by providing practical solutions to legal problems.

The following are examples of matters in which our lawyers have been involved:

  • Reviewing shareholder agreements and providing advice to a client planning to set up a private hedge fund.

  • Advising a corporate client that operates an online trading platform in relation to compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

  • Introducing start up clients to potential angel investors.

  • Incorporation for Start Ups

  • Angel & Venture Financing Transactions

  • Employment & Human Resource Matters

  • Copyright & Trademarks

  • Contract Preparation

  • Shareholders Agreements


Commercial disputes between shareholders, professionals, employees or contractors can arise over such things as contracts, property or insolvency. 

Collaery Lawyers understands that commercial matters can quickly escalate – which can be incredibly costly for business owners, directors and professionals. 

Whether you are an individual or a business, we have experience providing transactional advice and advising on sound strategies to resolve commercial disputes in a fast and cost-effective manner. Where appropriate, Collaery Lawyers seeks to settle disputes with the concerned party in mediation – facilitating practical, ideal and fast resolutions. 

The following are examples of matters in which our lawyers have been involved:

  • Successfully defending a claim brought against a company shareholder against a third party who claimed that a co-share holder had sold shares to that third party.

  • Arranging various business sales for corporate clients.

  • Preparing a complex software development agreement for an Australian company for the creation of an international database content management system.

  • Arranging a mediation for a land owner with one of Australia’s top 5 banks in relation to unconscionable conduct.

  • General Commercial Advice

  • Debt Recovery

  • Contract Drafting & Interpretation

  • Trusts

  • Property & Leasing

  • Insolvency & Bankruptcy




"We choose Bernard Collaery and Collaery Lawyers every time, because we know Bernard and his team are ethically and morally aligned to our own principles and will stand up for our rights and the rights of others throughout our legal process. We appreciate the way Bernard broadly approaches our varied legal issues both in a personal and professional capacity, and, provides strong and reassuring advice for us to consider before moving forward. We thank him and his team for never applying any pressure and always ensuring that the advice he provides is completely absorbed and understood."

–  Phil and Lisa Nixon, Brindabella Contractors Pty Ltd