Startup resources – getting off on the right foot

On this page we provide a treasure trove of resources to help you set-up your business, raise funding and incentivise your team.

Getting the right business structure

Some general comments on the building blocks of a good business structure

These articles go through the high-level general principles to take into account when formulating the best structure for your startup.

Watch our video series on ‘Going into business with others’:


Issues Paper: Going Into Business With Others 0 221 downloads

A comprehensive guide to the issues you need to think about before going into business...

Information about companies

Most structures will involve a limited liability company. These resources discuss what a company is and how to set one up correctly.


An introduction to corporate governance for SMEs. 0 446 downloads

A guide to the roles of members, directors and managers. ...

Information about trusts

These resources are relevant to understanding the best structure in which to hold your ‘investment’ in your new startup.

Discretionary Trusts for Dummies

Raising money for your business

When you have exhausted your own resources you are going to want to start raising money from other people. This is where things can go seriously wrong unless you understand the opportunities and pitfalls.


Briefing Note Raising Money In Australia 0 1464 downloads

A brief guide to the rules that apply to raising money in Australia. ...

Employee share/equity schemes

You are likely to want to give equity to key employees, advisers and contractors to attract the best possible talent for your venture. The tax rules will have big impact on what you can and cannot do.

Protecting your intellectual property (IP)

You’re most likely to be investing your time in creating a lot of IP – make sure you own it, and it is protected:

Getting the best help

You are going to need help to avoid the pitfalls and take full advantage of the opportunities. This is where we come in. We will guide you through the steps from startup to a successful and established industry player.

Call us on 1300 654 590 or email us and speak directly with one of our experienced and friendly lawyers.

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​​Why jurisdiction matters when it comes to trusts​

​​Why jurisdiction matters when it comes to trusts​

​​Trusts may be ubiquitous in the Australian business landscape, but they are not simple structures to administer. If you have a trust, or are establishing a trust, one aspect you need to consider is the ‘governing law’ or the jurisdiction of the trust. Let us tell you why…​

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