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Business/Commercial Lawyer

Nevett Ford business lawyers in Melbourne understand that all businesses, small and large, need as many advantages as possible to survive and thrive in the competitive commercial environment. We act for numerous SME’s at all stages of the business lifecycle. Our lawyers are committed to providing our clients with excellent legal and strategic assistance from the outset and throughout their business growth.

Our core philosophy is to provide tailored and easy-to-understand solutions and practical, commercial, and cost-effective strategies and advice designed to make things simpler for our clients so that they can focus on building their businesses.

Our commercial lawyers have extensive experience assisting businesses to get started with the optimum structures, helping them flourish whilst minimising risk and managing the various legal matters that arise from time to time. We aim to help our clients seize opportunities and achieve their commercial objectives quickly, efficiently, and with minimal exposure to risk.


Our services include:

  • Business set-up, including shareholder agreements/partnership agreements.
  • Business sales and acquisitions.
  • Drafting, negotiating, and enforcement of relevant commercial agreements and contracts (including terms and conditions, restraints, releases etc).
  • Resolution of disputes and advice on contractual disagreements.
  • Employment and contractor agreements and other employment-related matters.
  • Leasing, sale, and purchase of property and equipment.
  • Franchises.
  • Trusts.
  • Companies and Corporations Act matters.
  • Intellectual property rights and protection.
  • Loans and securities.
  • Competition and consumer law.
  • Insurance contract advice.
  • Insolvency and restructuring.

If you are looking for legal assistance to ensure your business grows and thrives in today’s highly competitive, demanding commercial environment, get in touch with a Nevett Ford business lawyer near you. We will offer the right solution for your small business.

Why Choose
Nevett Ford


Personal and Tailored Services

Our small business lawyers take the time to get to know our client’s business and their current legal needs, as well as considering issues they are likely to face in the future. Then, we will ensure they get a service tailored to their specific situation and needs instead of a one-size-fits-all approach.

Long-Standing Relationships

At Nevett Ford, our lawyers aim to nurture enduring quality relationships with our clients as we are committed to their success throughout the various phases of their business life cycle – from the start-up phase to ongoing growth and development and finally to planning for succession. Nevett Ford has been in business for 170 years and it’s testament to the quality of our work that many of our clients have worked with us on multiple dealings and transactions. 

Experience Counts

Our business lawyers have decades of experience and expertise handling legal matters across a comprehensive range of corporate or business commercial matters, no matter the business size. 


Fast Responses

We know that time is valuable and that unwanted delays can accumulate and be costly. Our business lawyers are nimble and responsive and will attend to your needs quickly.

Transparent Costs

At Nevett Ford, we will let you know upfront what each stage of the process is likely to cost. We can also work on fixed or capped fees wherever possible.

Who You’ll Work With

Stuart Wilson
Peter Lumb
Andrew Lumb
Nathan Xu
Amandeep Sahota
Caroline Mostafa


Professionalism, Quality, Responsiveness, Value

"Friendly, professional service. Subject matter promptly dealt with. Will recommend them."

Professionalism, Quality, Responsiveness, Value

"Ryan Curtis-Griffiths and Jacqui Azouz provided excellent legal work.  I am a lawyer in the United States so I expect a lot.  And I got it from Ryan and Jacqui.  They are knowledgeable, efficient and very easy to work with. I will use them whenever I have an opportunity. "

Professionalism, Responsiveness, Value

"I cannot find any words to describe the professionalism of thos firm. Everyone from the reception to financial services and not to say Mae who helped out was absolutely amazing. I had Richard Hamilton who was definitely someone I will always have to represent me if I need any further help. Keep up the fantastic work ?  "

Reliable Lawyer and Good Expertise

"Richard Hamilton is a very genuine lawyer with very good expertise, good values and ethics of responsibility. He is not one of the lawyers in the market who would deceive you with false hopes. I found him very reliable which is something you need when you are going through a difficult family court case. Richard is also very good in returning to calls and emails. I definitely recommend him."

Excellent services and advice

"Ryan has been my migration lawyer of a number of years now and has been successful in obtaining PR and Australian Citizenship for me. His advice is clear, straight forward and tailored to an individual's needs. He puts in the effort and time and always cares for his clients. Overall, I received a first-class service from him, and I highly recommend him to anyone looking for migration advice."

The best immigration service provider in Mel

"In all respect to achieve your PR and the pathway for citizenship was done very professionally ! Special thanks to Rayan ( MD) who helped me in all the way throughout to achieve goal."

Best choice

"Ryan Curtis-Griffiths knowledge of immigration law, a skills in preparing all documents, excellent communication skills, rapid response to my inquiries, thoughtful and good listener."

Professional Service with Attention to Detail

"We engaged Nevett Ford Lawyers to prepare our 186 Business Nomination and Visa Application. Ryan provided outstanding service by assisting us with all his experience in the industry. It was the best decision to work with Ryan as he always listened to our instructions and assisted with timely advise. I would definitely recommend Ryan and his team to anyone looking for a Immigration lawyer."

Professional Service and Prompt Response

"Ryan and his team made sure the process of 186 Business Nomination and Visa application were as seamless as possible. We always received prompt response and correct advise regarding the matter. I would happily recommend Ryan and Nevett Ford to anyone who wants assistance with 186 visas."

Best Lawyers in the business

"Looked after me. Always made sure I knew what was going on and why, but also made sure my mental health was top priority."

Very professional team

"Great professional team, best communicating with the customer."

Legal expertise, Client focused service, Courtesy

"Nevett Ford Lawyers, including paralegals and administrative staff, displayed professional and reliable services. All staff with whom I interacted responded promptly to my queries and requests. Their polite and friendly manner was appreciated and reassuring."

Professional, Efficient & Supportive

"A Positive outcome of Permanent Residency from a Ministerial Intervention is what we achieved through Nevett Ford Lawyers. David Stratton and his Team have been highly efficient and professional along the entire journey through the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) and Ministerial Intervention. The Team managed our file with great care and patience while supporting us through the entire process during the past four years. We would highly recommend Nevett Ford Lawyers for their Professionalism and Task Accomplishments."

Ryan and Shalini worked extremely hard for us

"Ryan and Shalini's communication skills were what really stood out to us. They replied to emails most of the time within minutes and did a good job on helping us stay realistic about expectations as our case was extremely difficult and had a high chance of failure, they did a brilliant job of getting the visa through for my partner."

Service provided was professional & prompt

"Great communication, friendly interaction with all staff (including reception), prompt and did what they said they would do."

Navigating a tricky workplace case

"Generous with their time. Fair and pragmatic advice from which I was able to make an informed decision."

    Contact us

    *If you are overseas, please call our office on +61 3 9614 7111.

    Nevett Ford Melbourne Pty Ltd

    ABN: 80 144 697 790

    Level 16, South Tower, Rialto Building, 525 Collins Street
    Melbourne, VIC 3000