Stephen Robertson2022-06-29T09:33:40+10:00

Stephen Robertson

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  • Bachelor of Arts (English – Communication), University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Laws, University of Queensland
  • Graduate Certificate in Management, University of Southern Queensland
  • Solicitor, Supreme Court of Queensland and High Court of Australia
Areas of Practice
  • Commercial law
  • Property Law (including Leasing)
  • Revenue law
  • Banking and Finance
  • Charity and Not-for-Profit law
Relevant Experience

Stephen always wants the absolute best outcome for his clients, who trust him to provide strategic and commercial advice across a range of sectors. He is well known for his professionalism, attention to detail and dedication to developing valuable long-term relationships. Stephen has wide and deep experience in commercial law with particular interests in structuring and restructuring, not-for-profits, charities and franchising. He publishes regularly to LinkedIn and the Nicholsons Solicitors blog.

  • acquisition and divestment of commercial enterprises in a wide variety of industries
  • advising on business structure, issues faced by businesses, and solutions for those issues
  • commercial agreements of various types including agreements for exploitation of intellectual property
  • investigating and reporting to commercial, aged care, voluntary, and educational enterprises on structural issues and legal risk exposure
  • negotiating for the acquisition and divestment of high-value commercial, industrial and retail property
  • advising and negotiating for landlord and tenant in relation to all aspects of commercial, industrial and retail leasing
  • analysis of complex GST issues (in conjunction with specialist consultants) in the context of major property and commercial transactions
  • duty advice, submissions, applications for exemption and objections
Banking and Finance
  • documenting senior debt and non-recourse debt (for borrowers)
  • advising special purpose lending institution about lending issues and security documentation for commercial and community projects
  • negotiating for defaulting commercial borrowers with the lender, and for the lender with the borrower, and drawing complex terms of settlement to resolve existing facilities and to resolve disputes and claims
Charity and Not-for-profit
  • advising a major religious denomination about internal structuring issues, disciplinary procedures, and relationships between their internal elements
  • structuring of not-for-profit entities according to their particular needs including advising about tax concession and DGR status, and capital and recurring grants
  • Member, Queensland Law Society
  • Associate Member, The Tax Institute
What Stephen’s clients say

Stephen helped me to set up my first franchise business, his professionalism and attitude towards work is highly rated and recommended. Hope to deal with him again.

Chris Zhang

I’ve had the opportunity to work closely with Stephen Robertson and Troy Hawthorn at Nicholsons, over an extended period. Amongst other things, Stephen and Troy helped me handle a stressful trademark dispute in a very efficient and professional manner, to achieve a positive outcome.

Norman Haupt

Stephen was recommended for assisting with an acquisition of shares and change of Directorship. His thorough attention to detail and genuine interest in getting the best result on short notice made the whole process much less painful than ever imagined. Stephen was a pleasure to deal with and would highly recommend his advice and services.

Ross Gay

Stephen helped me prepare various contracts and distributor agreements and always provided sound and practical advice. His guidance on these matters wasn’t just about risk reduction but making sure we had agreements that covered real world contingencies.

Brett Watson

It’s been a pleasure to work with Stephen over what is now coming up to a 10 year relationship- I appreciate Stephen for his strong commercial acumen and logical approach to deliver outcomes.

Sean Millar

Stephen has been of great assistance to us when negotiating complex agreements with top 25 ASX companies, and also Government agencies. I have found Stephen to be thorough and prompt with his responses. His experience is demonstrated with the amount of detail he provides, particularly in highlighting areas of concern in agreements. He is personable and demonstrates common sense in trying to reach solutions to issues that arise, and I cannot recommend him highly enough.

Darryl Piper

I can highly recommend Stephen’s work in the area of commercial law. Stephen adapted quickly and really got in the mindset of our business and industry, making the process pretty easy from my point of view.

Troy Adams

I can candidly say that Stephen’s professionalism is exceptional and he brings a sense of commercial reality to all matters which is not often seen in the legal profession. I would wholeheartedly recommend him.

Allan Morris

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