Case Studies

Stevensen Business Lawyers adds value by giving you legal outcomes that are affordable, based on our experience and specialisation in business law and commercial litigation.

 

Over the years, we have helped clients in the process of growing their business, and in resolving commercial disputes as and when they arise. Below are some examples.

CASE STUDY 1: Quality contracts assisted a client in the due diligence for sale of his business to a publicly listed company.

Our client was an early entrant as an online technology platform established during the dotcom boom and gathering momentum as a market leader in this emerging area. As the market contracted, our client focused on refining his company’s customer acquisition processes and obtained our help in preparing customised terms and conditions in this emerging field for their supply of services to customers online, and agreements for distribution of software to their customers.
They also obtained our help in reviewing and updating their supplier’s terms and conditions to better manage and share risk with their suppliers. A few years later, a publicly listed company acquired our client’s business and merged the business with its other acquisitions and so became the dominant supplier in the sector. The purchaser was satisfied with the suite of contracts we had prepared for all aspects of our client’s business.

CASE STUDY 2: Facilitating a commercial and pragmatic approach by our client to the tender contract help to win a sizeable tender job.

About 10 years ago, Alysia* first became our client needing an employment contract to retain more staff to fulfill her vision of being dominant in her IT service sector. Since her first contact with us, Alysia has obtained our input on her day-to-day legal questions, including advising on intellectual property and company law matters and preparing updates to the terms and conditions of supply to her customers.
More recently, we assisted Alysia’s business by preparing a customised contract for her company to place a tender for a significant multi-year job, which involved identifying the business risks. Alysia applied our risk analysis to negotiate changes to the tender contract that gave her the edge over her competitors. Alysia won that major tender, and following that job, won a major business award for services to their sector.

CASE STUDY 3: Updating our client's case helped drive a final settlement to a complicated business dispute

Maria* was already involved in sticky litigation with a family member/ former business partner, and unhappy with her previous solicitor. We identified her previous lawyer’s possible mistakes and quickly applied for the transfer of the litigation into the correct court. We consolidated our client’s case, including identifying gaps in the evidence and collecting further witness statements to fill those gaps, in support of our client’s claim. We continued to brief a barrister as Maria’s representative in the court. We instructed him to update our client’s statement of claim considering further evidence we had collected.
Throughout her time as our client, Maria expressed relief to have a solicitor that didn’t speak down to her and in whom she could trust to take care of the legal complexities. We negotiated a settlement of the case with the other party, before the conclusion of the trial.

CASE STUDY 4: Business law advice to helped the client manage risk at every step of the way of starting, growing, and selling a business.

Initially, Tom* came to us to turn his side-gig into a business with a newly emerging service delivery model. We reviewed and updated the licence agreements for his company to use the branding of a new entrant into the sector, the employment agreements for his staff, and the commercial lease prepared by the landlord. We negotiated changes to these legal documents to better manage Tom’s legal risks in establishing a new business and premises.
Several years down the track, Tom came back to us to help him review and update the terms of a franchise agreement given to him to replace the licence agreement he had with the other party. We negotiated and prepared changes to the new legal document.
Over some years, Tom achieved a flourishing business. When he was ready to move onto other business opportunities, Tom retained us to act for him in the sale of the franchise business. Tom was handsomely rewarded in the capital gains made on the sale of a successful business he had started virtually from scratch.

PROVEN TRACK RECORD – EXPERIENCE MATTERS

We’d love to tell you about the exact cases and results we have achieved for our clients. Still, due to client confidentiality, we must be more subtle in “blowing our own trumpet.” So, without mentioning names, here are some successes that have made an impact on our clients.

  • A track record of significant damage awards in settlements of business disputes, including complex and large cases.
  • An excellent track record in overseeing business litigation and getting it resolved before trial, saving our clients’ time, stress, and money.
  • Our defendants paid significantly less than the amount initially claimed after our outcomes-focused legal action on their behalf
  • We have prepared many quality contracts that reinforce each business’s unique approach and protect each business’s interests for clients across a broad range of industries. 
  • We have structured commercial transactions to establish tax-effective business start-ups, utilizing the services of professional accountants and taxation specialists.

We keep an eye on what’s going on and changing with the law – so you don’t have to! We regularly provide clients with quality legal advice, which helps these businesses effectively manage the impact of legislation in a variety of industries and legal areas impacting businesses.

*  We have changed the names to protect the confidentiality of our clients in their legal matters.