Author name: Rachelle Hare

Rachelle Hare has 23+ years of experience as a Senior Lawyer, Strategic Contracting Adviser and Management Consultant in Construction Law, Contracts, Major Projects, Commercial Advisory, Procurement, Contract Management, Probity and Risk Management. She has the rare skills and expertise to offer you seamless businss advice and legal services to help support your organisation. Rachelle is a highly experienced Construction Lawyer Brisbane and Contract Lawyer Brisbane, with over 23 years of experience in Tier 1 and Tier 2 Construction Firms, Top Tier Private Practice and Government. Rachelle owns Blaze Business & Legal, a combined Commercial Law Firm and Business Advisory Firm located in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. Blaze Business & Legal assists a broad range of clients in the Construction Industry and related industries, and our firm advises owners, contractors, and subcontractors on a broad range of Construction Law, Commercial Law, Contract Law, Business Advisory and Management Consulting issues. Rachelle also owns Blaze Professional Learning, where she offers practical contracting skills, hands-on experience in drafting and working with contracts, and industry insights to help Professionals upskill and advance their careers with real-world skills.

Do All Shareholders Have To Sign A Shareholders Agreement?

When setting up a shareholders agreement, a common question that arises is “Do all shareholders have to sign a Shareholders Agreement” for it to be valid. The short answer is that while it is not legally required for all shareholders to sign, it is highly beneficial and recommended to include all shareholders in the agreement. …

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Do I Need A Shareholders Agreement? (Including FREE Shareholders Agreement Tool)

Do I Need a Shareholders Agreement (Plus Free Shareholders Agreement Tool)

Find out “Do I Need a Shareholders Agreement?”A Shareholders Agreement is an important legal document that outlines the rights, responsibilities, and obligations of shareholders (owners) of a company. It serves as a roadmap for how the business will be run, addressing important issues such as decision-making, profit-sharing, dispute resolution, and more.   These days, if you get …

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Teaming Agreement: Is this the Benchmark for Collaboration?

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In large Australian projects, collaboration is crucial for success. One tool enabling this collaboration is the Teaming Agreement. This agreement binds multiple entities together to achieve a common goal by outlining their roles, responsibilities, and protocols for the arrangement they are entering into.  But let’s see whether the Teaming Agreement is the benchmark for collaboration or just …

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Understanding Extension of Time (EOT) Claims in 2024

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IntroductionIn the Construction Industry, meeting milestones and achieving Practical Completion by the Date for Practical Completion is often easier said than done.   Various unexpected factors, such as adverse weather conditions, regulatory changes, unforeseen site issues, or actions of the Principal, can disrupt a project’s progress and place the Contractor at risk of having Liquidated Damages imposed.   This …

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How can I find a Lawyer? (Best way to find and engage your Lawyer in 2023)

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Why hire a Lawyer?Engaging a Lawyer to provide legal advice or legal services to your business can rather challenging.   There are various issues and transactions that you need a Lawyer to advise you on or help you with. For example, Contracts Lawyers have the knowledge and expertise to draft clear, concise, and complete Contracts, so you …

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How to protect yourself when buying a business in Australia (in 2024)

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Key TakeawaysYou need to understand the Australian market and industry trends if you’re on the hunt for a business to purchase.Legal compliance and due diligence are essential in protecting your interests.Consulting a lawyer and understanding financing options can safeguard your investment.Special considerations are needed when buying a franchise.Be vigilant against scams and unsafe products. IntroductionIt …

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The Role of Contracts: What Every Business Owner Must Know

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In business, contracts play an essential role. They are more than just legal documents – they are strategic tools that can shape business operations, manage risks, and help foster strong relationships within and external to the business. Business Owners and Executives must understand and utilise contracts effectively to ensure cost savings and revenue growth, operational …

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7 Steps to Startup Success: The Entrepreneur’s Journey

Here are the 7 steps you need to take (generally speaking) to achieve success in your startup. Of course, there’s a lot more that goes into your startup, but these steps give you a good grounding with which to succeed. So, what are you waiting for?Step 1 – Idea GenerationConceptualise a business idea.Identify a problem …

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5 Tips to Draft a Fantastic Business Plan (2024)

A Business Plan is one of the most important documents you can have in your business. Ideally, it’s best to prepare and draft your Business Plan right at the start as you’re planning your startup. There are certain issues that all Business Plans should deal with, so make sure you check them out. But there …

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How to Buy a Business: 13 Steps to Buying a Business in Australia in 2023

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IntroductionI’m in the middle of buying a business as we speak, and I advise on buying businesses as part of my core Legal Services and Business Advisory Services. So what better time to write a guide about How to Buy a Business! Book your free, 30-minute Strategy Session Share with your Network Share 0 Tweet …

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Business Plan vs Marketing Plan: What are the key differences in 2024?

A Business Plan and a Marketing Plan are both essential documents for managing and growing a business, but they serve distinct purposes and focus on different aspects of a business’s operations. Here are the key differences between the two:1. PurposeBusiness PlanA Business Plan provides a comprehensive overview of the entire business. Its primary purpose is to …

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Do Sole Traders need a Director ID in Australia?

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IntroductionSole Traders in Australia often wonder whether they need to obtain a Director Identification Number (Director ID). In this article, we provide a direct answer to this question, as well as a few things you may need to consider.Short answer Sole Traders in Australia DO NOT need to obtain a Director Identification Number (Director ID). If, …

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14 Financial Red Flags: Watch out in your Business

Key TakeawaysRecognising and addressing financial red flags is essential for a business’s survival and growth.Regularly review financial statements, ratios, and cash flow to stay ahead of potential problems.Seek professional advice if needed, and address these red flags promptly to safeguard your business’s long-term success. IntroductionFinancial red flags are warning signs in a business that signal …

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What is Risk? Understanding Business Risks in 2023

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IntroductionFor anyone owning, leading or managing a business, it is critical to understand the concept of risk. This article explores the different types of risk that businesses face daily, with the aim of giving you a thorough understanding of what “risk” means in a business context. We discuss financial, operational, strategic, hazard, legal and compliance, …

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Unfair Contract Terms penalties from November 2023 (Have you protected your Business?)

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What do the Unfair Contract Terms and November 2023 have in common?The Unfair Contract Terms Legislation has been around for years in Australia, but never with penalties. Now, massive multi-million dollar penalties are about to kick in – from 10 November 2023 – but many businesses have still not amended their standard form contracts to …

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Is Your Business Ready for Brisbane 2032? (Time is Running Out!)

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IntroductionThe Brisbane Olympics 2032 are set to be a monumental event that will captivate audiences worldwide. But beyond the spectacle and athletic prowess, the Games present a unique opportunity for businesses in Australia. The question is: Is Your Business Ready for Brisbane 2032? This article aims to guide businesses in assessing and preparing for the …

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Design and Construct vs Construct Only Contracts (2023)

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Construct Only Contracts: No Design Responsibility A Construct Only Contract is a type of construction contract where the contractor is solely responsible for the construction phase of a project. Under this contract, the contractor is not involved in the design or planning stages, which are typically completed by the owner or a separate design consultant …

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Time Cost Quality: Mastering the Project Management Triangle

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For Project Managers and Principals (and Contractors too) it is essential that they understand the balance between time cost and quality. The Project Management Triangle, often called Time Cost Quality or the Time, Cost, Quality Triangle is a model that demonstrates the constraints of project management and highlights the interdependence of three key factors: time, …

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Australian Contract Law: What you need to know (2023)

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What you should know about Australian Contract Law In this article, we provide an overview of the key aspects of Australian Contract Law, broadly covering topics ranging from contract formation to termination, remedies for breach, unfair contract terms, electronic contracts, consumer protection laws, and the role of case law and precedents.   All businesses and …

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