A Guide to Finding the Best Business Lawyer in Melbourne

Rose Lawyers on 24 June 2015

“It's the vibe of the thing, your Honour.”

When Darryl Kerrigan -- the hero of the movie ‘The Castle’ -- travels to the High Court to fight the compulsory acquisition of his home, he hires his conveyancer Dennis Denuto to represent him. Despite Darryl’s positive outlook, Dennis’ argument that the eviction goes against ‘the vibe’ of the Australian Constitution is not well received in court. The tide turns for Darryl and Dennis when they accidentally befriend a retired Queen's Council.

In real life, however, legal matters are best not left to chance. Getting a good lawyer from the get-go is the best way to ensure a positive outcome for you and your business.

So when it comes to finding and hiring the best business lawyer for your needs, it’s always wise to do your research. Here are some of the biggest factors to take into account when you are looking to hire a business lawyer in Melbourne.

Firm Size

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Is bigger always better? Not when it comes to finding a business lawyer.

Large legal firms have the benefit of being well resourced and are often highly specialised. Being so large, however, means that they may not offer a personalised approach to their services. They can also be expensive, which locks out many smaller businesses.

Individual law practices or partnerships can offer a more personalised service as you are usually directly dealing with one of the partners of the firm. The downside is that these small practices have limited resources and may not be experienced in more complex legal matters.

Ideally, you want to get the best of both worlds. Try to find a personable and well-resourced law practice with the specific skills to deal with a range of personal, commercial and litigation matters.

Reputation & Experience

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When finding the best business lawyer for you, it’s better to consider reputation rather than size. It can take many years of hard work for a good business lawyer to establish their reputation in the field of commercial law.

Experience is also one of the best indicators of a good law practice. Experience means that the business lawyer and their firm have had time to make connections and relationships with useful parties, as well as having the opportunity to become intimately familiar with the law and the legal process.

Ideally, a good business lawyer should have experience in setting up, buying and selling businesses as well as expert insights into contracts, leases, franchising and commercial litigation.

Qualifications

Family, Business, Commercial, Property or Criminal – no matter the legal niche, there are lawyers specifically trained for the job.

But the law is as deep as it is wide. In this regard, the practice of law can be compared to medicine; some practitioners will specalise in only one area, whilst others deal with the law in general. When it comes to finding a business lawyer, you need to make sure that they are intimately versed in legal matters relevant to your business.

Specialist accreditation is a visible sign as to whether your lawyer is an expert in their field. An Accredited Specialist is a lawyer recognised by the Law Institute of Victoria as being an expert in their area of law.

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You can search the Law Institute of Victoria to check for a Melbourne lawyers’ specialist accreditation. At Rose Lawyers, our accredited specialist in Commercial and Business Law is Principal Joseph Rose. With over 30 years' experience, Joseph was one of the first lawyers to become an accredited specialist practitioner in Business Law.

Customer Service (Call them up!)

The final test? Give them a call!

If possible, ask for a consultation over the phone. Great customer service is an indicator that they are a good communicator, have intimate knowledge of the law and care about their clients. You may also be able to gauge whether you personally like the lawyer or the firm -- essential if you are to establish a close working relationship.

Some questions to consider asking:

  • What is your level of experience?
  • When can you begin work?
  • What are the legal steps?
  • How will you keep me informed?
  • What are the likely legal outcomes?
  • What information do I need to provide?

Asking these questions should reveal whether or not the lawyer is right for you and your business. A business lawyer is a big investment in your time and money. It is worth doing research and spending the time to find the best business lawyer for you.

Begin your search today. Call Rose Lawyers on 03 9878 5222 to schedule a free 15 minute phone consultation.