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Garland Hawthorn Brahe Services

With a skill base that covers many areas of law as these affect individuals and businesses, Garland Hawthorn Brahe directs significant focus on the law as it affects primary producers, private client business, the banking and finance industries and individual succession planning.


The firm’s areas of practice, more particularly described below, include corporate and commercial transactions advice and taxation, property transactions, financial services recovery, mediation and alternative dispute resolution, Wills, Probate and succession planning.

Banking & Finance


The firm’s experience in this area is an established one – in both reputation and brand.  The firm advises lending institutions, private clients and corporate borrowers in connection with commercial and personal documentation, guarantees, security documents for financial institutions and borrowers, equipment leasing and advice to financial institutions concerning events of insolvency, compliance, recovery and transaction Duty impacts.


The firm’s appointment to the Panels of several banks and financial institutions attests to its service and commitment to excellence in this area.  The firm’s banking and finance team is highly equipped to act for these clients in areas such as forced sales by mortgagee in possession, receiver and manager or liquidator.


Property transactions in the rural sector differ markedly from commercial and residential property transactions.  The firm enjoys a century old reputation in the conduct of rural transactions and business.  The firm’s experience extends to all primary production property areas including farming and pastoral land tenures, sharefarming arrangements, water rights, Crown licences and leases, environmental matters, intergenerational transfers and mining agreements.



Our firm’s litigation team works closely with clients to advise on how best to protect their assets and the commercial, consumer or other transactions they have entered into.  The team is expert in security enforcement and commercial disputes and enjoys an acknowledged reputation in the areas of mortgage enforcement and debt recovery, particularly in the rural sector and farm debt mediation.

Mediation & Alternative Dispute Resolution​


With a firm grasp of the broader issues of cost, time and distraction involved in the conduct of litigation, the firm works with the clients to mitigate the risks, whilst at the same time protecting rights in Court if necessary.  The firm’s resolution and insolvency team works closely with insolvency practitioners, financial institutions and borrower parties with the view to negotiating favourable settlement in disputes.


Wills & Probate


The firm’s private client division provides advice on all property related matters, asset protection, estate planning, Wills and Estate administration.


With an extensive knowledge and experience in the areas of trusts, taxation and estate administration, the firm has an established reputation in Estate planning and Estate administration, including Wills and Testamentary documents, Testamentary Trusts, Powers of Attorney, Appointment of Guardian and Advance Care (Medical) Directives.  The firm is also widely recognised for its leading expertise in Estate disputes, Family Provision claims, contested Estates.



The firm’s history is marked by a record of astute and personalised service and advice to developers, commercial property owners, investors, landlords and private owner clients.  The property team is conversant with leasing and property management and has had extensive experience in environmental, planning and Heritage issues, tenure for joint venture projects and associated revenue implications and Duties advice.


The firm’s experience with commercial property transactions includes sale and purchase of commercial premises in CBD Sydney, North Sydney, regional centres of New South Wales and covers commercial office buildings, retail complexes, warehouses, factories, shopping centres and licensed premises.  This experience extends to acting for Owners Corporations, builders and developers, in drafting, negotiating and advising on building and construction contracts including contracts for Strata and Community Scheme developments.

Corporate & Commercial


Holding a proven track record in the provision of specialist expertise in a range of industries and in delivering commercially effective results for all of our clients, the firm also advises on all relevant considerations in selecting and establishing the best structure for the business operation – whether sole trader, partnership, trust, company or joint venture.  It is also well equipped to advise on business taxes, GST, Capital Gains Tax and Stamp Duty issues.



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