Key Considerations When Buying a Small Business

1. Due Diligence

Conducting due diligence is paramount when purchasing a small business. This involves assessing the company's financial records, contracts, assets, liabilities, and operational processes to uncover any potential risks or hidden issues. An experienced lawyer can assist in this process, ensuring that you have a clear understanding of the business's viability and potential challenges. We will work together with your financial advisor in this work.

2. Legal Compliance

Queensland has specific regulations and requirements governing business operations, including licenses, permits, and industry-specific regulations. A Queensland lawyer can navigate these complexities and ensure that the transaction complies with all legal obligations.

3. Contractual Agreements

Purchase agreements, leases, employment contracts, and vendor agreements are integral components of a business transaction. Having a lawyer review and negotiate these contracts can safeguard your interests and mitigate the risk of future disputes.

4. Tax Impliacations

Buying a business can have significant tax implications, including GST, capital gains tax, and stamp duty.

5. Asset Protection

Protecting your investment is crucial when buying a small business. A lawyer, together with your financial advisor, can advise on the most appropriate legal structures, such as forming a company or a trust, to protect your personal assets from business liabilities.

Why You Need a Lawyer

Navigating the intricacies of buying a small business in Queensland requires legal expertise. Here’s why enlisting the services of a lawyer is a good idea:

1. Legal Expertise

A lawyer specialising in business transactions has the knowledge and experience to navigate state specific legal matters, ensuring that your interests are protected throughout the process.

2. Risk Mitigation

By conducting thorough due diligence and identifying potential risks, a lawyer can help you make informed decisions and mitigate the risk of costly pitfalls down the line.

3. Peace of Mind

Buying a business is a significant undertaking, and having a trusted solicitor by your side can provide peace of mind.


Purchasing a small business in South East Queensland is an exciting venture. We are experts in this area and have worked with individuals, families and small businesses to guide them through the process. Contact our office today to discuss how we can assist you.

Here's what our clients say

The team at Holt Ronan Lawyers have managed multiple property settlements for us and have been wonderful to deal with. Trish was wonderful at explaining things to us, incredibly prompt with her responses and made sure we were informed at every step. I would strongly recommend Trish and Holt Ronan Lawyers to help with your conveyancing.

Elyse May
Jan 2024


As posted on Google

Excellent lawyers! They assisted us recently with our new business lease, going through every dot point and ensuring that I understood what everything meant, as well as fighting for us in negotiations. They would not allow me to sign off on anything until they were absolutely satisfied. I very much recommend them and would use them again in the future.

Jess Bunty
Gold Coast Art School

Feb 2024

As posted on Google


Richard and the team were on the ball and great to deal with in a recent property transaction.  Very knowledgeable in their area of expertise and reached out to us for the accounting perspective to ensure both legal and accounting were handled simultaneously.

Adrian De Vito
Aug 2023

As posted on Google