Corporate Legal Services


Whether you are a general counsel of a listed company
or the CEO of a start-up, operating in today’s fast-paced economic environment requires constant attention
and agility.

Our corporate legal services team support public and private organisations throughout the entire business lifecycle – from structuring and acquisition, through to day-to-day operations, divestments and in the event of disputes. We invest in long term relationships and see ourselves as an extension to our clients’ teams.

Our team is known for its internal collaboration – with many of our Partners working together for decades to deliver truly client-centric and commercial results for clients.

Blending our technical legal skills with our experience in the many facets of operating a business, we deliver advice and solutions on property, planning and environment, employment and workplace advisory, general corporate and commercial and, where necessary, litigation and dispute resolution.

Looking beyond the immediate issues at hand, our team also work with clients to de-risk and safeguard their future operations. Engaging the Carter Newell team at the front end of your commercial ventures reduces the likelihood of requiring them at the back end.

Our team is highly experienced working in the construction, projects and infrastructure and mining, energy and resources industries – with the firm having advised clients in these industries for more than thirty years.

With legislation and regulatory approaches impacting on how businesses operate, it is vital to stay up to date with the latest developments around risk and compliance. Our team regularly shares insights through publications, presenting to internal legal teams, and being available to clients for ad-hoc queries – taking an active role in keeping you informed.

In 2023, the firm has been recognised by Doyles Guide as and is ‘recommended’ in the categories of Employment Law Firms (Employer Representation) – Queensland, Town Planning & Development Law Firms – Queensland, and Leading Corporate Law Firms – Queensland. Members of the team are also recognised in Best Lawyers in the categories of Alternative Dispute Resolution, Litigation, Competition Law, Land Use and Zoning Law, Natural Resources Law, Oil and Gas Law and Planning and Environmental Law.

Whether you are looking for an external legal team, acquiring a business, developing a property, managing out an employee, or engaging in a dispute – our team can assist you to do this as efficiently and effectively as possible.


Commercial real estate is a substantial asset and a potential source of value and risk within an organisation’s portfolio. Whether you’re acquiring, selling, or developing a property asset, the approach for handling legal issues must be strategic, comprehensive, and timely in order to mitigate risk, effectively manage stakeholders, and align with an organisation’s commercial objectives. Read more about our Commercial Property experience.
From structuring and succession planning through to capital raisings and asset sales, operating a business requires constant focus, strategic thinking and sound commercial advice. For organisations to thrive, they must have access to high-quality, accurate and personalised legal advice and insights. Read more about our Corporate & Commercial experience.
Disputes are an unfortunate but common, and sometimes unavoidable, aspect of operating in a complex corporate environment. Regardless of whether you are making or responding to claims, disputes can be time-consuming, distracting, and come with significant impacts. These impacts increase significantly if disputes become litigated. Read more about Corporate & Commercial Litigation experience.
Whether you are one of Australia’s leading manufacturers or you manage a team of software developers, people are at the core of every organisation. Proactively managing your employees is not only essential for compliance – it plays a vital role in retaining quality employees and ensuring the sustained viability of your organisation. Read more about our Employment & Workplace Advisory experience.
Energy and resources is an essential driver of the Australian economy, with a long and exiting future – which will continue for years to come. Read more about our Energy & Resources experience.
With an increase in regulation, associated fines and director exposure, it has never been more important to ensure you are complying with, and aware of, planning and environmental issues. Beyond complying with laws, organisations must also be cognizant of how their operations impact the environment around them. Read more about our Planning & Environment experience.

The team

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