Kellow Commercial Lawyers is an innovative business law practice based in Melbourne, Australia.

We are Accredited as Specialists in Commercial Law by the Law Institute of Victoria.

We are dedicated to providing a broad range of expert, personalised and efficient legal services that add value to business.  

We provide commercially focused legal advice, transaction and litigation services to business.

The legal services market is rapidly changing. 

 

We are part of a forward-leaning professional Chambers that embraces agile ways of working.

We offer high-level experience and expertise, but without legacy overheads that no longer offer value.  

We take the time to get to know you and your business, with the aim of becoming a trusted adviser.  

We look forward to helping you achieve your business objectives. Please contact us to take the next step. 

NEW DEVELOPMENTS

Why register a trademark

In this helpful article, we discuss what a trademark protects and the importance of seeking early registration.  Read more here.

Important issues for start-ups

In this helpful article, we outline some of the legal issues that start-ups should consider. Read more here.

COVID rent relief update

In Victoria, the COVID rent relief scheme has been extended to 31 December 2020.  However, there are important changes.  Read more here.

National Cabinet releases mandatory code of conduct for commercial tenancies

The National Cabinet has released a mandatory Code of Conduct for SME commercial leases during COVID-19.  Key takeaway: landlords are required to provide rental relief proportionate to a reduction in turnover, with not less than 50% of the relief to be by way of a rental waiver, the balance by deferral, extension of the lease or some combination.  A copy of the code is HERE.

COVID19 - landlords and tenants

Many tenants and landlords are facing financial distress.  From a legal perspective, this is a rapidly developing space.  Contact us now for the urgent advice you require to manage this difficult period.

Domestic Building Dispute Resolution Victoria

The State Government has announced the creation of a new body, Domestic Building Dispute Resolution Victoria.  The new body  conduct compulsory dispute resolution and issue binding orders, before a matter ends up at VCAT or in the courts.  Changes will also be made to the VCAT rules, allowing cost orders to be made  to award costs against an unsuccessful party, if they had refused to participate in dispute resolution, or did not participate in good faith.  The reforms will also require builders to provide consumers with an information statement before they sign a building contract, outlining the rights and responsibilities of each party.  The Government has indicated that the body will be operation from early 2017.

CGT withholding Tax Requirements from 1 July 2016

From 1 July 2016 new CGT withholding tax requirements apply to the sale of real estate with a market value of more than $2MAUD and to certain indirect real estate property acquisitions (eg share or units in entities which own real estate) regardless of market value.  The legislation requires purchasers to withhold 10% of the sale price and to remit that amount to the ATO unless the vendor has a clearance certificate, or in the case of an indirect interest, makes an appropriate declaration.  The provisions are complex and tax advice will be required in relation to transactions that provide for the direct or indirect acquisition of real estate interests, including options and rights to acquire such interests.

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