Commercial lawyers with dedicated defence industry expertise

Finlaysons provides legal services across Australia’s defence industry, especially in South Australia and the Northern Territory where its offices are based.

The team at Finlaysons has delivered legal assistance through recent legal secondments to a number of Primes in the defence industry.

Commercial and corporate

  • Regulatory requirements when establishing and maintaining businesses in Australia
  • Business to business and business to consumer contracts and audits of materials
  • Procurement contracts and accompanying negotiation handrails
  • Teaming agreements


  • Research collaborations
  • IP licensing and commercialisation for technology in the defence sector
  • Trademarks and other IP registrations


  • Advice on essential policy and contractual terms to engage a workforce in Australia
  • Obtaining exemptions under legislation to comply with ITAR requirements
  • Establishment of local HR and WHS policy frameworks to achieve compliance
  • Advice on management of workplace/personnel risks including investigations into misconduct and advice on termination of employment


  • Leasing advice on new or existing sites
  • Aligning tenure and occupation rights with a defence clients’ key contract dates, and all associated rights and risks
  • Acquisition, leasing due diligence investigations and purchase contract advice
  • Development and construction advice and documentation
  • Advice and documentation on infrastructure

Tax and superannuation

  • Foreign organisations tax commitments in Australia
  • Tax structuring advice in relation to acquisitions and disposals
  • Tax advice on redevelopments
  • Tax advice on the implications of government grants
  • Advice with respect to GST obligations
  • Payroll tax liabilities in various Australian states and territories
  • Advising on tax issues associated with fees to non-executive directors
  • Australian superannuation obligations

Migration law

  • Assistance with visas through an in-house registered migration agent

We have a deep knowledge of legal issues affecting the defence industry, including foreign companies with an Australian presence.