Corporate & Business

Businesses have a lot of moving parts. We understand that, in business, you need practical, quick and cost-effective advice, guidance and solutions tailored to fit your circumstances and objectives.

We believe we can give you the best value by gaining a deep understanding of your business including your objectives and challenges. Our expert team can guide your business to the most efficient and beneficial solution.

We prefer relationships that are not transactional and strive to establish a lasting quality relationship with you so we can be a trusted resource throughout your journey.

Our experience with our clientele demonstrates not only long lasting relationships, but strengthening ones, that are continually growing in breadth and scope.

Our corporate and business law team is technically highly skilled, with a blend of experience and expertise across a comprehensive range of corporate/business and commercial matters.

Our areas of practice and expertise include:

Corporate and business

  • business structuring and succession – including companies, trusts, partnerships and many shapes of co-investment,
  • sales and acquisitions of businesses (shares or assets), including transaction due diligence and risk advice,
  • business services agreements including advising on and documenting day to day legal arrangements,
  • governance and corporate management advice including guidance for directors and business operators, shareholder and board meeting procedures and voting
  • shareholder interests and disputes,
  • corporate transactions and restructures including share issues and buybacks, capital raisings or reductions, rights issues and similar transactions,
  • shareholders and joint venture arrangements,
  • advice to trustees and beneficiaries,
  • capital and finance advice including debt and securities,
  • tax advice, and
  • intellectual property rights and protection.

Commercial property and development

  • due diligence investigations, acquisitions and sales of commercial properties and development sites,
  • advice on retail and commercial leasing,
  • advice under the Building Act 2003 (Vic),
  • property joint ventures, and
  • sport and licensing agreements.

We are able to provide written and oral advice in multiple languages of Mandarin, Malay or Cantonese.

Our Corporate and Business Services

Companies, Directors & Shareholders


Business Co-ownership – Partnerships, Joint Ventures

Business Sales & Acquisitions


Loans & Finance

Case Studies

Why Choose
Nevett Ford 


Speak to your lawyer when you need to.

Initial fixed cost consultations, so you know where you stand before committing to a course of action.


Personal, tailored service that accommodates your needs and what value you will get from our service, instead of one-size-fits-all approach.

Decades of experience and a wide range of service areas means we can draw on knowledge from across our firm to inform your decisions.

Who You’ll Work With

Stuart Wilson
Peter Lumb
Andrew Lumb
Nathan Xu
Crystal Qin
Susan Craig

Topics We’ve Written About

The Pandemic Effect On Leases – A Lesson From The US

The Pandemic Effect On Leases – A Lesson From The US

A recent case in the US dealt with matters which are currently hot topics in Australia – namely the rights of tenants who are suffering under the COVID-19 pandemic. Valentino U.S.A., Inc. v. 693 Fifth Owner LLC - Background Italian fashion brand Valentino and its...

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Changes to Victorian Retail Leasing

Changes to Victorian Retail Leasing

Retail leasing is quite strictly regulated with statutory procedures, which are mostly for the tenant’s protection.  New legislation is now in place which makes a number of key changes to the retail leasing framework in Victoria.  Unsurprisingly, most of these changes...

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Unfair Contract Terms

Unfair Contract Terms

On 9 November 2020, the Federal Government announced changes to increase protections offered against unfair contract terms, making them illegal and punishable by civil penalties. When Do the Protections Operate? The legislation (known as the Australian Consumer Law)...

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Company Name or Business Name – What’s the Difference?

Company Name or Business Name – What’s the Difference?

If you intend to start your own business, there are many things that you need consider such as permits, staffing, strategy, suppliers.  One of the first things to decide should be what structure is most appropriate for your business.  There are a variety of options...

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Mandatory Code of Conduct for Landlords and Tenants

Mandatory Code of Conduct for Landlords and Tenants

The Federal Government has created a code of conduct which is mandatory for landlords and tenants from 3 April 2020, intended to “aid the management of cashflow” for tenants and landlords as a result of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and to ensure business...

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    Contact us

    Nevett Ford Melbourne Pty Ltd

    ABN: 144 697 790

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