This page provides some information about Rick Davies: an experienced lawyer, in-house counsel, Chartered Secretary and Chartered Professional Engineer.
In March 2013, following a 13 month secondment as sole in-house legal counsel with Cavpower, SA’s Caterpillar dealer, I established my new business ventures.
Trading as Corporate Commercial Law, I offer legal services. I also operate Corporate Commercial Consulting Pty Ltd through which I offer company secretarial, project and contract management expertise and services.
With over 30 years experience across two professional careers in industry and the law, I have a well-developed understanding of the needs of business operators.
I prefer to work at my clients’ premises. Working “in” the business is the most effective way to clarify issues, review drafts and understand the true business drivers. However, if co-location is not convenient, I work from my home office at Aldinga, South Australia.
My clients are not exposed to the inequities of the unit-time-billing systems that many law firms use. I am not constrained by the “normal” corporate and commercial law firm CBD office, don’t charge clients on the basis of 6 minute blocks of time and my rates don’t suffer from high overheads or other staff costs.
My terms are flexible and tailored to the needs of your business. Fees are negotiable and include:
– Agreed fixed fee that reflects the value of one-off and occasional work
– Competitive day and half day rates for ongoing or scheduled legal advice
– An hourly rate without additional “disbursements”
For businesses with internal legal resources, I offer peak workload relief and a locum service for absences including long service leave, extended personal leave and maternity leave.
Examples of my legal work include:
– Sale and purchase of; 2 iconic SA wineries; a well known Flinders Ranges tourism business; motor vehicle retail business; part ownership of a residential construction business; a sand mine; metal fabrication company; various retail businesses; an optical services chain
– Establishing a US joint venture for an innovative SA manufacturing technology company
– Purchase of US and UK business by Australian ASX listed and private companies
– Company restructure documents: to enable new equity injections; capital reductions; share buy-back; share divisions; new preferential share classes
– Establishing 3 well known SA based franchise systems
– Unit holder and share holder agreements for the funding and development of: a shopping centre; multi stage CBD fringe residential development; themed cruise venture
– Trading terms: various retail, wholesale and commercial businesses
– Review and negotiation with SA Government department on tender terms
– Formal presentations including the Australian Consumer Law