AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Cantle Carmichael is a Newcastle based law firm with focus on commercial, workplace, property and insurance law.

We work with ASX200 listed companies, private corporations, NGOs, government agencies as well as individuals.

We offer big firm experience with small firm values.

Corporate and Commercial

We work with clients in:

  • Manufacturing and engineering
  • Construction
  • Mining services
  • IT and Infrastructure
  • Property development
  • Health and disability services
  • Hospitality
  • Consulting and professional services

Our Corporate and Commercial work involves designing and implementing innovative service delivery in:

  • Acquisitions, sales, joint ventures and strategic alliances
  • Corporate due diligence
  • Commercial contract drafting and review
  • Service and supply agreement drafting and review
  • Contractor and subcontractor agreements
  • Building and construction contract advice
  • Governance and documentation for corporate structures
  • Protection of intellectual property
  • Competition and Consumer law compliance
  • Insolvency
Property, Planning and Environment

We work with:

  • Property developers
  • Construction companies
  • Infrastructure providers
  • Mining Companies
  • Consulting and professional service providers
  • Private clients

Our Property law work involves advising clients, large and small, about:

  • Purchase and sale of residential, commercial and industrial property
  • Establishment and maintenance of strata plans
  • Subdivisions and developments
  • Planning, environment and local government issues
  • Mortgage and property security
  • Old system, qualified and limited title
  • Drafting and interpreting easement and positive covenants
  • Native title
  • Mining leases
Insurance

The law prevents us fully articulating our insurance law services, particularly in area of personal injury law.

In simple terms, we act for insurers and self insurers in the areas of:

  • Public liability
  • Property damage
  • Employment accidents
  • Section 151Z recoveries
Employment and Workplace Risk

We act for employers operating in a diverse range of industries:

  • Manufacturing and engineering
  • Construction
  • Mining services
  • IT and Infrastructure
  • Property development
  • Health and disability services
  • Hospitality
  • Consulting and professional services

Our services in Employment include:

  • Negotiating and drafting individual and collective employment agreements
  • Award interpretation and superannuation
  • Workplace training and investigations
  • Development and deployment of policies and procedures
  • Development of performance management processes
  • Advising on termination procedures – dismissals and redundancies
  • Representation in Fair Work Commission, Federal Court and Industrial Magistrate Court proceedings and Fair Work Ombudsman investigations and prosecutions

Our services in Workplace Risk include:

  • Development and training in workplace safety policies and procedures
  • Compliance audits
  • Director and manager due diligence
  • Workplace accident investigations
  • Workplace accident prosecutions
Commercial Disputes

Commercial disputes can arise in any business activity. We understand that the role of lawyers is to provide assistance to facilitate outcomes that reflect the aims and objectives of clients.

We recognise that commercial disputes do not always result in litigation and can often be resolved with the deployment of alternative dispute resolution strategies.

Our experience includes providing advice and representation in:

  • Shareholder and partnership disputes
  • Contract disputes
  • Debt recovery
  • Building and Construction (Security of Payment) Act claims
  • Defamation
Wills, Probate and Estate Planning

We provide private clients with the following services:

  • Wills and testamentary trusts
  • Probate and Estate administration
  • Enduring Power of Attorney and Guardianship documentation
  • Business and asset succession planning
  • Elder Law advice
Investigations, Commissions of Inquiry and Crisis Management

Businesses can face events of negligence, misconduct, fraud or breach of duties, and may be faced with investigation by law enforcement agencies, courts and commissions of inquiry.

In such circumstances, we understand that there are obvious legal, reputational and commercial risks that must be managed together with relevant ethical and CSR considerations.

Our team has demonstrated capacity to assist clients to manage various critical incidents and events:

  • Workplace deaths and serious injuries
  • Environmental incidents
  • Disaster recovery
  • Product recalls
  • Matters attracting media interest

We have experience representing clients’ interests in:

  • Workplace incident/grievance investigations
  • Fair Work Ombudsman and ATO superannuation investigations
  • WorkSafe NSW investigations
  • NSW Environemental Protection Agency investigations
  • Royal Commissions
  • Coronial Inquests
  • Other commissions of inquiry, including the ICAC

Big firm experience. Small firm values.

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