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FCW Lawyers act for Australian manufacturers, covering food, healthcare, building, construction and automotive.

We work closely with manufacturing clients to build innovative, clever and competitive commercial and workplace legal solutions, to manage issues, take advantage of commercial opportunities and, hopefully, capitalise on a manufacturing-led economic recovery within Australia.

  • Franchising advice, strategy, compliance support and documentation
  • Mergers and acquisition work, including competition law and FIRB processes
  • Commercial terms and conditions
  • Preparing supply agreements
  • Stand down strategy and disputes
  • Managing and investigating employee misconduct and disputes in the Fair Work Commission and the Federal Court
  • Overseas and local specialist services contracts
  • Succession issues and strategic planning of family and commercial structures for the future
  • Managing injured employees though workers’ compensation premium management, claim rejection or termination and other fitness for work processes.
  • Managing OHS and Workers’ Compensation prosecution and disputed compliance notice
  • Commercial leasing and disputes

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The team is a highly skilled group of consultants to assist in executing complex legal issues.

Paul Evans

Managing Director, Toro Digital


Managing Principal - Victoria

Principal Lawyer - Head of Corporate & Commercial

Principal Lawyer - Head of Workplace Relations

Senior Associate - Workplace Relations

Industry Insights

Australian governments have historically neglected manufacturing. Once the largest employing industry within Australia, manufacturing’s contribution to jobs and GDP have been in steady decline since the 1960s.

COVID-19 has highlighted serious manufacturing sovereignty issues in Australia. This has prompted the Federal Government (and some State Governments) to introduce major policy initiatives designed to ‘modernise’ manufacturing, make the sector more resilient and investment-ready, and increase our supply chain self-sufficiency.

Our clients need to engage with the government to ensure they receive the support promised in the 2020 budget. They must expand their distribution beyond wholesalers to an on-line market, ensuring cash flow, risk mitigation and future sustainability in a disrupted world. Research and development is incentivised by taxation law and supported with funding, allowing our clients to pivot for new business opportunities that arise in times of continuing uncertainty. It means their people structure, capital reserves and income streams will be different and they must develop a coherent strategy to adapt.

FCW Lawyers has been working closely with manufacturing clients, developing their online capability with appropriate terms and conditions. We have built COVID-safe plans, assisted with restructures, and ensured succession issues are managed effectively for the continuity and sustainability of the businesses

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