About Us

We work collaboratively with our clients to build strong, sustainable relationships. Our team is committed to delivering consistent high standards of service, and we understand the importance of accessibility. Working with us, you'll enjoy open communication, meaning well scoped, properly resourced and effectively managed matters.

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Latest Case

Providing strategic advice on expansion structures November 16, 2018

Founded in Bondi Beach in 2012, Bailey Nelson has rapidly grown into a global eyewear retailer and service provider with boutiques in Australia, London, Canada and New Zealand. The strong demand for their products and … Continued

Latest News

2019 William Ah Ket Scholarship launches May 1, 2019

Wednesday 1 May 2019 The 2019 William Ah Ket Scholarship is now open for expressions of interest. The scholarship – named after Australia’s first barrister of Chinese background – is open to final year law students, law … Continued

Latest Article

New laws for short-stay accommodation May 20, 2019

The short-stay accommodation changes to the Owners Corporations Act 2006 (Vic) (the Act) are now in force as of 1 February 2019, with Victoria following New South Wales’ lead to attempt to regulate use of … Continued

Miriam McDonald Consultant

Background

Miriam is distinguished by her strategic thinking at both legal and commercial levels and by her ability to manage complex commercial transactions. She has an excellent ability to communicate with, and relate to, legal and non-legal personnel about complex legal issues in ways that are easily understood.

Legal Expertise

  • Corporations law and corporate restructuring
  • Corporate governance
  • Charities and not-for-profit law, charitable trusts, charity registrations, tax concessions for not-for-profit organisations, deductible gift recipient endorsements, cy près applications and charitable fundraising
  • Charity mergers, amalgamations, partnerships and auspicing
  • Development and implementation of regulatory compliance programs in the public and private sectors
  • General commercial contracts including government funding agreements
  • Acquisition and refinancing of business
  • Joint ventures
  • Privacy.

Experience

  • Advising on corporate structure, constitutional, governance and charity tax concession issues in the private, government and not-for-profit sectors, including Indigenous, social housing, health and community services organisations.
  • Advising on implications of charity law, the establishment and good governance of charitable organisations, trusts and ancillary funds.  Conducting training programs for trustees.
  • Advising on suitable structures for social enterprises.
  • Providing general corporate and commercial advice to for-profit and not-for-profit organisations including governance advice to boards; advising on, negotiating and drafting agreements; mergers and acquisitions; government funding and related agreements; charitable fundraising.
  • Advising and drafting on general commercial contracts and arrangements, including catering tenders and catering contracts, sponsorship agreements, sale of assets agreements, transfer of business arrangements, dissolution of partnership, distribution agreements and joint venture agreements.