August 22, 2018

Four key pieces of advice for selling your business

July 16, 2018

Terms and conditions are essential to running a successful business.  Why?  Here are 5 reasons:

Terms and conditions...

Create certainty

Your terms and conditions are a combination of:

a: your agreement with a specific customer about what product or service you’re selling, what the customer is paying for it, when you’re to deliver it and so on; and

b: all...

May 9, 2018

My latest fictitious clients Anahera and Jaya are designers who, having done their homework, have decided to start a designer furniture business together.  As their lawyer it’s up to me to make sure they have the commercial legal advice and assistance they need to make their business a success.

As a business lawyer I see most businesses having 4 stages in...

March 2, 2018

We hear a lot about bullying in schools but lately I’ve also been hearing about business bullies.  This is certainly not a new phenomenon but occasionally the behaviour can tip over into illegal conduct.   However, a lot of traders don’t know that certain kinds of bullying conduct is illegal because it’s anti-competitive, and that there is something you c...

February 21, 2018

I recently saw an enquiry from a business owner about leaks in their premises.  What do they do about this?  Can they force the landlord to repair the leaks?  The good news is that the business owner has a lease and that lease will most likely require the landlord to ensure the premises are weathertight.  But, we won’t know for sure unless we review the l...

February 10, 2018

A new client came to me recently for guidance after her relationship with her business partner went south.  They were joint shareholders in a company that was actually really my client’s baby, with almost no contribution being made by the other shareholder.  Of course, the other party didn’t see it that way!

There was no written shareholder agreement,...

November 29, 2017

When you own and run a small business it often means you need to be on top of a wide range of issues.  A single day can have you dealing with employee problems, customer complaints and cashflow issues. Often before your first coffee! 

Luckily, there is a lot of guidance available on the internet, if you know where to look.  My top 10 recommendations a...

November 20, 2017

A lot of people operating small businesses aren’t keen on wordy contracts, and prefer to “keep it simple” by minimising documents or even doing deals on a handshake.  As a naturally easygoing person I have a lot of sympathy for this approach, and as a service provider I certainly don’t like to put customers off with complicated paperwork.  But.  There’s a...

October 6, 2017

And how can Calibrate Legal help you navigate them?

If you look around you’ll see that our world is full of all kinds of businesses!  Retail stores, cleaning and repair services, cafes, manufacturers, primary industries, professional consultants, healthcare – the list goes on.  These businesses have all kinds of dealings with other businesses and customers...

July 17, 2017

Some of you may be wondering why my firm is called Calibrate Legal.  Good question!  I could have called it Liebman Legal, which certainly has a nice ring to it, but I decided to go with a name that conveyed what I want my service to be about.

The dictionary meaning of “calibrate” (putting aside the more mechanical meanings) is: Carefully assess, set,...

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