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Meat Processing

FCW Lawyers act for meat processing and labour hire businesses across Australia’s eastern seaboard.

We understand the domestic and international meat markets, the agricultural and supply chain drivers, and assist the meat processors efficiently and successfully manage their complex industry environment.

  • 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 and Director

Principal Lawyer and Head of Commercial

Industry Insights

With Australia exporting around 75% of its beef, the industry has been profoundly impacted by COVID-19 and increasingly fickle international markets, with emerging problems in China.

The loss of high-end markets in the restaurant trade, and the rising cost of production, have contributed to a significant reduction in margins, which are unlikely to stabilise or reverse until 2021.

The Australian lamb market, in particular, is bracing itself for significant losses because of the Victorian limitations on processing and the timing of these restrictions.

FCW Lawyers has been working closely with processors and labour hire providers, developing COVID-safe plans, arranging JobKeeper entitlements, and assisting with workforce management, using stand-down and other flexible and responsible measures.

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