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



Employment Law

Whether you are a business, public servant or private sector employee, Collaery Lawyers endeavours to fight for fairness by calling into question the appropriateness of actions in the workplace.

Strained workplace relations can cause considerable stress, affect performance and influence health. We understand that workplace issues can be incredibly complicated, personal, and emotionally confronting. 

It may be difficult for those affected to discern the best path forward. 

Collaery Lawyers is experienced in supporting businesses and employees and navigating the complexities of employment law to reach a fair outcome for all. Through carefully sourcing appropriate avenues to make complaint on behalf of our clients, we aim to relieve the emotional burden of employment issues so that we can get our clients back on track. 

In employment disputes the protection of reputations is paramount. Our approach avoids conflict by encouraging positive interactions to sustain productive workplace relations. 

Collaery Lawyers seeks to address and strengthen any cultural or systemic weaknesses in a workplace, to improve the environment and prevent similar issues from arising in the future.

  • Workplace Discrimination

  • Bullying or Harassment

  • Unfair Dismissal

  • Employment Contract

  • Redundancy

  • Workplace Dispute Resolution