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Leisa

Bayston

Principal Lawyer - Commercial

Leisa’s clients describe her as patient, relentless, and plain-talking – she will say in ten seconds what it takes others hours to explain.

Leisa draws on her extensive commercial law background to advise clients on business structuring, legal risk management and intellectual property.

Before setting up her own practice 15 years ago Leisa had most recently worked as an Associate Director at Macquarie Bank and before that was a Senior Associate at HWL Ebsworths. Drawing on that experience Leisa took the opportunity to set up a boutique commercial practice with her life and business partner, Alister.

Leisa’s early years were in corporate tax and compliance, which were a great training ground, but by the time she was at HWL Ebsworths she realised that commercial law was the place for her. Leisa is a natural problem solver and has always welcomed the challenge of taking complicated ideas and finding a simple way to express them. As it turns out these are two of the fundamental skills of a good commercial lawyer!

As a business owner of 15 years, she understands what makes a good advisor – someone to take the stress out of immediate decisions, whilst looking to the horizon with her clients’ longer-term objectives always front of mind. Leisa is an experienced business lawyer who takes the time to step clients through complex legal requirements to help them map out a legal journey that is future-proof.

Experience
  • Advised on and documented a $30 million fundraising round for a business in the Healthcare sector.
  • Managed the day-to-day legal risk of businesses big and small in all sectors through drafting effective contracts, including customer contracts, supplier contracts, commercial leases, contractor agreements, joint venture agreements and shareholders agreements.
  • Acted for the Purchaser of hospitality franchise business consisting of 24 franchises nationwide.
  • Provided advice, support and advocacy assistance to valued clients navigating the COVID Rental Relief Regulations, including attending VSBC Mediations.
  • Advised a technology company at the forefront of the drone area on intellectual property issues, as well as mechanisms for minimizing legal liability in this fast-moving area.
  • Assisting a start-up in the online mental health space put together ambassador agreements, members terms and conditions as well as advice on licensing intellectual property.
  • Developed a software as a Service (SaaS) Licensing Agreement for technology company making waves in the renewable energy market.
Background

Leisa has many proud achievements, and they all have one thing in common. They are circumstances where a client has found themselves in a difficult and often complex situation and she has been able to use her problem-solving skills, legal knowledge, and tenacity to get the desired result.

Qualifications
  • Masters of Law, Corporate and Taxation Law, University of Sydney
  • Bachelors of Economics and Law, University of Tasmania
Sectors

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