Restaurants and Cafés

Buying a Café or Restaurant? Consult an Expert Lawyer in Melbourne

If you’re planning to buy a café or restaurant, there are many matters to consider from a legal perspective; matters that an experienced lawyer can walk you through.

For example, if you are purchasing an existing café business, it is critical for the terms of it to be reviewed by a trusted café or restaurant lawyer, who can ensure that your interests are properly protected.

The experienced restaurant and café lawyers at PCL Lawyers in Melbourne possess the required expertise to make the purchase of the business a smooth and stress-free transaction for everyone involved.

We can assist with such matters and questions as:

  • The lease
  • What approvals are required?
  • Do you need a seating permit?
  • Is there (or will there need to be) a Grease Trap and Exhaust?
  • Will you need a liquor licence to operate your business either now or in the future?
  • If the cafe is in a shopping centre, has the consent been obtained?
  • If a franchise, has the Franchisor approved the site?

Our lawyers will help you with all of the above and more, enabling you to be able to get your business up and running as soon as possible. We’ll assist in saving you time – and therefore money.

For an experienced café lawyer in Melbourne, contact PCL Lawyers today on 1300 907 335 to discuss your purchase and how we can assist. Alternatively, please submit your query by completing the enquiry form on this page and you will be responded to promptly.

Selling a Café?

When you decide to sell your café, a café lawyer is required to draft the Sale Contract and Section 52 – Statement by a Vendor of a Small Business (where applicable).

The Sale Contract

The contract of sale of business will contain various standard conditions. Part of our role as your restaurant / café lawyers will be to discuss with you various special conditions, which will be tailored to suit your exit requirements and which are particular to your type of business.

It is important to ensure the terms of the Contract are right. An example of such is special conditions that might include very particular matters in relation to how stock will be dealt with. Another example might be how a purchaser default might be handled.

Section 52 Statement

Where the business is being sold for less than $350,000 per annum (taking into account the goodwill, plant, equipment and fittings), this statement must be provided to the Purchaser before the Contract is entered into. It is a form of financial disclosure to the Purchaser which will assist the cafe buyer in making an informed decision as to the commercial viability of the business. This form is typically prepared by your accountant, we can assist in preparing this statement in conjucnction with your accountant where required.

If you’re ready to speak to an experienced restaurant lawyer in Melbourne, call us today on 1300 907 335 to discuss your situation, or simply complete the enquiry form on this page.

Café Lease

We are very experienced in retail leasing.

As a purchaser, are you entering into a new lease with the landlord, or having the existing lease assigned to you? Do you require assistance in negotiating amendments to that existing lease? We can assist with various questions that you possibly should consider before taking on the lease. Is the lease in its current form everything that you need it to be? Sometimes it is best to think of these things before you finalise the deal. As a purchaser, it may impact the price that you are prepared to pay for the business. In most cases, the lease will carry significant commercial value – either to the seller or the buyer.

Advising you competently in relation to the lease is part of the end-to-end service that we offer as restaurant / café lawyers in Melbourne. Our dedicated leasing site is here: lease lawyers.

Call 1300 907 335 to discuss this service with an experienced café lawyer. Alternatively, please submit your query via our enquiry form and we will respond to you promptly.

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