Joe is a highly experienced commercial lawyer having acted in a wide range of property and commercial related matters throughout his career. His expertise covers all areas of franchise law, business acquisitions/sales and structuring (including preparing partnership-type arrangements), estate planning, business succession, estate administration, property-related matters (including the acquisition of large- scale properties, the strata titling of properties and the preparation of “off the plan” and established strata lot sales contracts). Joe regularly prepares and provides advice on sales, leasing and licensing of real and personal property.

Joe has extensive experience in the franchise industry, and since 2003 has had a practice comprising the preparation of franchise documentation, the provision of advice to existing and potential franchisors (including multiple well- known national brands), litigation and mediation support for franchising disputes and trade practices advice. He is the immediate past Vice-President of the Western Australian Chapter of the Franchising Council of Australia (having been in that role for 6 years), and has been a committee member for the past 12 years.

Joe is a regular presenter at Franchise Council of Australia conferences and accounting conferences for local and national accounting firms, as well as CPD programmes for the legal industry.

Joe has also provided advice in relation to the fundraising and disclosure provisions of the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) as they relate to the establishment of small property development schemes. He assists in the establishment and ongoing management issues facing business, from legal compliance through to supply-chain issues.

He and his team prepare wills and other estate related documentation, from simple wills to complex testamentary and protective trust arrangements, often working closely with his clients, financial planners and accountants.

Franchise Council of Australia (Member)
Paddy Thompson Award for contribution to Franchising in Western Australia, 2015