THOROUGHBRED LEGAL SERVICES

The thoroughbred industry is like no other. It faces different challenges, different regulations and even different ways of doing business. Against this backdrop, legal disputes and commercial transactions don’t always play out as they would in the corporate world.

THOROUGHBRED LEGAL SERVICES

The thoroughbred industry is like no other. It faces different challenges, different regulations and even different ways of doing business. Against this backdrop, legal disputes and commercial transactions don’t always play out as they would in the corporate world.

To be effective your lawyers don’t just need great legal skills, they also need to understand the context in which your business operates. At Morgan + English and our incorporated company, Thoroughbred Legal) we get better results because we know where you’re coming from, what’s possible and the best way to go about achieving it.

We help thoroughbred industry businesses achieve better commercial outcomes. We do this by providing practical advice that combines legal and business expertise with a deep knowledge of how the thoroughbred industry works.

No matter what issue your thoroughbred industry business faces – from buying and selling a horse or stud through to day-to-day workplace and safety issues – we have the expertise to help you get the best result.

We can help with the following legal services:

Debt Recovery

Because thoroughbred racing has its peaks and troughs, one of the biggest hurdles businesses often face is cashflow. Our debt recovery team has the experience and patience that lets your business enforce your rights with minimum expense and maximum effect.

We can help you use the law to make sure you receive what you’re owed. We can also help your business devise a payment strategy that makes sure you minimise the need to chase down bad debts in the future.

Our expertise includes:

  • Improving cash flow
  • Contacting debtors
  • Commencing debt recovery proceedings
  • Winding up and bankruptcy.

 

Representation and Dispute Resolution

Unfortunately, disputes are part and parcel of doing business in the thoroughbred industry. However, in an industry like ours where reputation is everything, it’s often vital to resolve misunderstandings without damaging relationships.

We specialise in helping you negotiate an agreement which avoids court and lets you get on with business with a minimum of disruption. And, if a formal hearing is needed, we also pride ourselves on providing the kind of robust representation that protect your interests or enforces your rights.

Our expertise includes:

  • Mediation of disputes
  • Racing Tribunal representation
  • Litigation

 

Trade Marks

Because in our industry so much business happens informally, some thoroughbred business owners are tempted to treat their intellectual property rights informally too.

However, your business’s intellectual property rights can be one of its major assets. Which means it’s vital that you secure them and then enforce them when you need to.

Our intellectual property expertise includes:

  • Registering a business name
  • Registering and enforcing trade marks
  • Registering your brand
  • Protecting your intellectual property.

 

Racing and Breeding Agreements

We can help your business negotiate, draft and enforce all types of racing agreements and contracts.

When we develop an agreement we don’t simply make sure it’s legally watertight, we’ll also make sure it’s workable. In other words, our agreements are always developed and tailored to take into account the specifics of both your business and the thoroughbred industry. They’re also written in straightforward language that makes it easy for everyone to understand their rights and obligations.

Our services include:

  • Stallion syndicate agreements
  • Shuttle agreements
  • Foal share agreements
  • Agistment agreements
  • Sale and purchase racing agreements.

 

Employment

When it comes to workplace relations, thoroughbred business owners face issues such as a seasonal workforce, fixed-term contracts and multiple Award coverage. If that’s not enough, it can also sometimes be hard to determine whether someone is an independent contractor or employee.

Because it’s hard to understand your rights and obligations, getting a good result usually means understanding the customs and practices of our industry, as well as how the law applies to them. So we use our thoroughbred industry expertise to help your business reach the best outcome.

Our expertise includes:

  • Pre-employment documentation
  • Employment contracts
  • Residential tenancy agreements
  • Handling grievance disputes
  • Advising on disciplinary issues, redundancies and dismissals.

 

Property

Buying or selling real estate in the thoroughbred industry can bring different challenges other commercial property transactions. You don’t simply need to know the legal requirements of a purchase or sale, you also need to know how the industry works and sometimes even the personalities involved.

We’re experts on helping buyers and sellers keep control of property transactions so that they secure the best possible deal. And because we offer end-to-end services, we don’t just document property transactions, we can also create a strategic plan and negotiate property deals on your behalf.

Our expertise includes:

  • Buying and selling horse studs
  • Buying and selling water entitlements
  • Access to land for mining and coal seam gas exploration
  • Leasing
  • Dealing with financial institutions.

 

To discuss your requirements, call the Morgan + English team on (02) 6545 3339.

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