Running a business is more than just selling to customers. You need goods and services from other businesses to help you with your own. Contracts that set out the terms and conditions of trade establish the rights and responsibilities of businesses buying and selling to each other. If something goes wrong with a product or service, or payments aren’t made, the trading contract determines the next steps.

We know businesses just want to get on with what they do. We ensure your terms and conditions deliver what you need and that they’re up to date without being overwhelmed by complexity. Our lawyers can adapt international contracts to suit Australian conditions and manage any issues around recovering goods and debts through the Personal Property Securities (PPS) Regime. Getting your terms and conditions right means you can get on with the day to day running of your business.


  • Advertising, promotion and pricing
  • Contract review, advice and negotiation
  • Distribution agreements, structure and documentation
  • Personal Property Securities (PPS) regime advice
  • Terms and conditions of sale or purchases and tenders

recent experience

  • bringing global contracts together

    A global power equipment manufacturer headquartered in the US with an Australian subsidiary came to Macpherson Kelley wanting to standardise its contracts around the world. We localised the contract for Australian conditions and then adapted it for use around South-East Asia. The standardised contracts have made it easier for head office to administer their deals around the world.

  • drawing curtain on debt

    A curtain and window furnishings supplier had a customer who owed them a significant debt. The supplier was concerned about what would happen if the customer went out of business or didn’t pay its debt. Macpherson Kelley drafted an agreement between the supplier and customer, including a PPS registration over an expensive car owned by a director of the customer. If the customer failed to pay their debt, our client would be entitled to sell the car to recover what was owed. With the agreement in place, both sides were able to continue doing business together.

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