Depth and Breadth

Each of our lawyers have different areas of legal expertise, different personalities, and different approaches to legal practice.

As a firm, we are more than just the sum of our parts.   We offer specialist legal advice and services in the areas of practice below.

Banking & Finance

You can imagine that as a firm of litigators, we regularly deal with disputes about money.  Acting for secured lenders and credit providers has always been, a remains, a core part of our practice.

We have extensive experience in the enforcement of security interests in real and personal property.

We provide front-end and back-end solutions in the following matters:

  • Commercial lending

  • Guarantees and equitable charges

  • Equipment financing

  • Enforcement

  • Mortgages

  • Personal property securities

  • Property due diligence

  • Real property lending

  • Real property priority disputes

Bankruptcy & Insolvency

Ever since Dean acted in Australia's first Voluntary Administration in 1993, insolvency law has flowed through the veins of many of our lawyers, since it has a tendency to intersect with most litigious matters.

We regularly act for and against some of Victoria's leading insolvency practitioners, and provide legal advice and services across a range of matters, including:

  • Deeds of company arrangement

  • Directors' duties

  • Dispute resolution and litigation

  • Enforcement

  • Insolvent trading claims

  • Personal insolvency agreements

  • Preference claims

  • Receivership

  • Restructuring

  • Security interests

  • Voidable transactions

  • Voluntary administrations

Commercial Contracts

Litigators write the best contracts.

Everything you need.  Nothing you don't.

  • Asset financing

  • Commercial contracts

  • Competition law

  • Corporate structures

  • Corporate governance

  • Directors' duties

  • Employee incentive scheme

  • Franchising and licensing

  • Intellectual property

  • Joint ventures

  • Mergers and acquisitions

  • Partnership agreements

  • Shareholders' agreements

Commercial Litigation

Litigation.  Lawyers.

We are experts in:

  • Alternative dispute resolution

  • Commercial Arbitration

  • Shareholders' and directors' disputes

  • Building and Construction disputes

  • Contract Law

  • Corporations Act

  • Debt Recovery

  • Defamation

  • Directors’ Duties

  • Director Penalty Notices

  • Employment disputes

  • Insolvency, Bankruptcy and Reconstruction

  • Managed investment schemes

  • Misleading and Deceptive Conduct

  • Partnership disputes

  • Property/leasing disputes

  • Professional negligence

  • Shareholder Oppression Claims

  • Taxation disputes

Credit Management

Since we know the enforcement process backwards and frontwards, our drafting solutions have a razor-sharp focus on including everything you need (in plain language, naturally), and nothing that you don't.

We provide a comprehensive credit management advisory and enforcement service, covering:

  • Commercial lending

  • Commercial and trade credit

  • Equipment financing

  • Security including mortgages, equitable charges, general security agreements, guarantees

  • Credit applications and terms and conditions of trade

  • Credit procedures and advice

  • Debt collection and enforcement

  • Personal property securities


Employment Law

Australia has one of the most regulated labour markets in the world.  Few employers appreciate the level of compliance required, or the risks they are running in preparing their own employment contracts.  Baker Jones provides a comprehensive employment law advisory practice, and strives to offer practical and commercial solutions to most employment matters.

  • Employment contracts

  • Employment law

  • Enterprise bargaining

  • Equal opportunity, sexual harassment, discrimination and bullying

  • Human resources policies

  • Industrial disputes

  • Modern Award compliance

  • OHS advice and prosecutions

  • Redundancy

  • Restraints

  • Sexual harassment cases

  • Terminations

  • Unfair dismissal

  • WorkCover

  • Workplace investigations – and employee fraud

Property Law

It seems that as property prices have risen to stratospheric level in recent years, the number of property-related disputes and transactions has also risen markedly.  We have extensive experience in the following areas:

  • Commercial leases

  • Industrial leases

  • Owners corporation advisory and disputes

  • Property development

  • Planning and environment law

  • Projects

  • Property transactions

  • Retail leases

Private clients

Fortunately, modern families are growing increasing wealthy.  Unfortunately, modern families are also complex organisations with more than their fair share of disputes.  Baker Jones offers a wide range of private client services to valued clients at all life stages, extending from pre-relationship and prenuptial advice and agreements, all the way through to testamentary trusts and other post-death arrangements and legacies (and everything in between).

John has an extensive - and thriving - family law practice, and clients appreciate his pragmatic and forthright approach.

Dean has spent the past 10 years applying his mastery of commercial litigation practice and business reconstruction experience to all things Wills and Probate related.

Our private client services include:

  • Asset protection

  • Binding financial agreements (including pre, during and post marriage/relationship)

  • Business succession planning

  • Child support

  • Child support trusts

  • Children and parenting issues

  • Defacto financial settlements

  • Divorce

  • Estate Administration

  • Estate litigation

  • Succession planning

  • Family trusts

  • Family company structures

  • Powers of attorney

  • Property settlements

  • Testamentary trusts

  • Wills