Our Commercial and Business team is dedicated to getting the best outcome for you. The quality of advice and service you receive can mean the difference between success and failure and give you an edge over your competitors.

Our lawyers are results driven, have business acumen and understand that there is a practical side – not just the legal considerations. We listen to our clients and get deals across the line. Our passion is to partner with businesses and investors to build their portfolio and profits!

We offer specialist legal advice in this field (the only practice in Mackay with an Accredited Business Law Specialist). Our experience and expertise means we can assist clients of all sizes with day-to-day business issues, transactions, compliance and structures right through to the most complex commercial matters.

We can assist you with all your business, commercial and corporate law requirements, including:

  • Contracts and Agreements
  • Business/Share Sales and Purchases
  • PPSA registrations and advice
  • Intellectual Property
  • Company setups and corporate law
  • Business structuring
  • Franchising
  • Leasing
  • Succession
  • Trusts
  • Partnerships
  • Business disputes

Our lawyers are part of the business community, with our team members holding roles such as co-ordinator of YP Mackay Inc (Young Professionals), Management Committee member for Mackay Region Chamber of Commercial and Honorary Lawyer for Resource Industry Network.

We have the strength, expertise and resources of a big top-tier practice, with the heart and soul of a small practice. We love looking after our large ASX listed corporations and local governments right through to our mum and dad investors.

Our unique focus…is you.

  • Are competitors using the internet to ‘steal’ your customers? It’s more common than you might think

    16-Oct-2017

    If you get work from your good local reputation or the web, don’t be surprised if a competitor is using the internet to covertly steal your work and in the process, potentially damaging your reputation. In the last two months McKays has had 3 contractor clients seek advice about unlawful int..

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  • Before starting a partnership – read this!

    24-Aug-2016

    Going into partnership can be an exciting time! Before you or your clients rush in, here are a few essential questions to ask yourself. 1. Do you have the right structure? People often loosely use the word “partnership” but, as you may know, there are various structures available to people..

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  • Do you Own and Hire Out Goods? Typing in 2 More Digits Could Cost $20+million

    14-Mar-2017

    This article highlights how important it is to correctly register your rights over your own property when hiring out equipment on the Personal Properties Security Register (PPSR). Near enough is not good enough and ownership is no longer King under the Personal Properties Securities Act 2009 (Ct..

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  • Foreign Resident – Capital Gains withholding framework

    19-Sep-2016

    Australia’s foreign resident capital gains withholding regime came into effect as a response to the increased pressures of low tax compliance of foreign residents. The new framework applies to buyers of specific Australian property sold by foreign resident sellers. The withholding regime app..

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  • Google Rankings and Another Reason for a Trade Mark

    28-Sep-2017

    Want to improve your Google ranking? You need to be careful how you, and your web designer, go about this or you could find yourself in a Federal Court case such as the one below… One of the strategies used by businesses and their website designers to improve their ranking in interne..

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  • How protected is your intellectual property?

    20-Feb-2017

    You recognise the value in the name of your business as well as your logo, client list, etc. What have you done to protect it? We have had a number of clients recently who have not paid enough attention to their intellectual property (“IP”) and this has landed them in some sticky situation..

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  • PPSA Changes as to when you must register your hire arrangements. Failing to do so may result in you losing your assets if the hirer goes broke…

    23-May-2017

    Personal Property Securities Amendment (PPS Leases) Act 2017 (“Amendment”) which amends the Personal Property Securities Act (“PPSA”) was assented to today so the following changes will be in effect from tomorrow. What does this mean? Since the PPSA came into effect on 30 January 2012,..

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  • PPSR Registrations – Getting it right the first time

    10-Jun-2017

    Any business that leases goods, sells goods on consignment or on terms, or otherwise uses goods to secure debt, needs to be familiar with the Personal Property Securities Register (PPSR). On one hand, the PPSR seems easy to use – anyone can create an account and register their security..

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  • Protecting Your Invention or Great Idea

    16-Nov-2017

    The region’s METS sector is known for its great innovation to improve productivity and sustainability. In fact, many local businesses have registered patents to protect their ideas. The Australian Patent Office is currently receiving 30,000 standard patent applications each year. There h..

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  • Renting out equipment? Think PPSR.

    04-Aug-2016

    Do you lease equipment (either formally or informally) to clients and friends? What about that cement mixer or excavator you let your mate borrow over a year ago? If yes, you need to consider the Personal Property and Securities Register (“PPSR”) to ensure you are able to get your equipment ..

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  • Terms and Conditions – Get friendly with your Fine Print

    22-Jan-2017

    If you are setting up a new business or reviewing your day to day practices for an existing business, it’s important not to forget to update your terms and conditions or terms of trade. Many businesses that supply goods or services rely heavily on their terms and conditions as the first port..

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  • Think you can transfer vehicles to a new trustee for free – think again!

    14-Jul-2017

    From time to time, for various reasons, you or your clients may wish to change the trustee of a trust. When this occurs, all the trust assets held in the name of the retiring trustee need to be transferred to the name of the new trustee. Sometimes, the trust assets may include one or more m..

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  • Top Legal Tips to kick off 2017 with a bang!

    14-Jan-2017

    Happy New Year from the team at McKays! Now that the silly season has passed, it is time to get down to business and put in place goals for a successful 2017. The New Year is a great time to reflect on the year gone by, but also plan for the year(s) ahead. Here are our top legal tips..

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  • Will your contracts meet the new unfair contract laws?

    11-Sep-2016

    In just over 8 weeks, amendments to the Australian Consumer Law will take affect and will open the field for certain contractual terms to be challenged by parties negatively affected by standard form contracts or if a party to the contract is a small business. What contracts does this apply..

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  • Would your contract hold up in Court?

    05-Dec-2017

    Legislation relating to unfair contract terms for small businesses has, to date, generally been untested. However, a recent case against waste management solutions company, JJ Richards and Sons, shows these laws have real ‘teeth’, with eight terms of a contract being deemed unfair and unenforcea..

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