/ik’splôr/ To examine or evaluate an option or possibilityOxford Dictionaries 2013
At Billings we believe there is no other area of law that is as potentially complex and cost sensitive as commercial and business law. We take the time to examine every detail of your commercial transaction to ensure your protection and to develop a solution that delivers for you. You see, we are not just any old lawyers – we are Your Lawyers.
Business Transactions and General Contract Law
We have considerable expertise in business transactions and can assist you in drafting, negotiating and settling your business transaction. Whether you are buying or selling a business, negotiating or documenting a business transaction or resolving problems, we are here to help you.
If you are thinking of taking on a franchise or franchising your business, we are able to assist. We will ensure that all of the issues are covered in the franchise agreement so that you are able to make the most of the franchise arrangement. We will help you negotiate and document all of your rights and obligations whether as a franchisor or franchisee.
Leases and Tenancies
We can assist you to identify the issues and negotiate the terms of a lease or tenancy, whether as a landlord or tenant. Commercial lease terms such as the number and method of rental reviews, renewal of the term, outgoings, ratchet clauses and rental valuations must be carefully considered. It is important that you are aware of your rights as a tenant or landlord under the Residential Tenancies Act 1986 or the Property Law Act 2007.
If you are negotiating a farm lease, whether as a landlord or tenant, obligations should be clearly recorded. We can assist you in negotiating and documenting terms relating to lease renewal, rent review, supplementary feed, pasture cover, fertiliser applications, building maintenance, termination for breach and a full range of leasing issues.
Due diligence investigations do not have to be just a purchaser's safeguard, they can be a useful business planning tool that has continuing application beyond the purchase date. You will have certain reasons for entering into a transaction and a good idea of what you want from that transaction. We can assist you in checking a LIM or PIM report, the title and any restrictions on that title, summarising the district plan and relevant resource management requirements, any necessary licences or consents, and the terms of any leases or contracts which form part of the transaction. We can also advise you on the most appropriate legal structure for your purchase.
Trade Marking and Protecting your Brand
Protecting your business' branding or your product from those who may wish to take advantage of your hard work, is a neglected part of business. We can help you protect your intellectual property. Come and see us for advice relating to trademarks, copyright, confidentiality agreements and commercialisation of intellectual property.
Come and see us for consumer law advice and advice in relation to the Consumer Guarantees Act 1993 and Fair Trading Act 1986? We can help you to clearly identify your legal position as a consumer, retailer or manufacturer. We can also assist you drafting and updating business terms of trade.