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Compliance and corporate governance

Our corporate lawyers at Cooper Grace Ward provide quality, practical legal advice on compliance systems targeted to assist clients with their corporate governance requirements.

With extensive and wide-ranging experience in compliance matters, our Brisbane-based lawyers can advise you on effective corporate governance and compliance systems to help clarify your policies and procedures – and avoid severe penalties.

These compliance systems and processes protect businesses from the severe consequences of non-compliance, which can include substantial fines.

Instilling a culture of compliance

The services provided by our corporate lawyers are different from our competitors. We focus not only on diagnosing legal compliance and risk management issues, but also on developing a culture of compliance.

A key differentiating feature in our approach is the custom designed commercial law training programs we offer. These programs support your organisation in developing its compliance culture and systems.

Whether your business is based in Brisbane, interstate or overseas, our corporate lawyers do this in order to protect your people not just now, but years from now.

Our compliance and corporate governance clients

As a full-service law firm, we work across many different industries for an array of clients. This includes listed companies, private companies and quasi-government regulators.

Our lawyers have advised listed and unlisted companies on directors’ duties, corporate governance, ASIC regulatory guides and class orders, and various matters pursuant to the Corporations Act 2001.

We have developed and implemented Australia-wide workplace health and safety compliance programs for major companies and provided advice in relation to referral and compliance issues under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 for matters of national environmental significance.

We can advise on these areas of compliance

Cooper Grace Ward has more than 20 years’ experience successfully implementing compliance systems and enabling businesses to meet legal obligations in specific areas, including:

Corporate Governance – whistleblower policies and training services

Our team provides specialist advice and advocacy in all matters relating to whistleblower policies and training, including:

  • assisting with the development and drafting of whistleblowing policy
  • advising on whistleblowing implications
  • training to help your organisation understand the whistleblower protection regime.

Meeting the needs of clients and the expectations of regulators

Our corporate lawyers have implemented and audited compliance systems for clients across many industry sectors. This extends to listed and unlisted public companies, along with both public and private sector organisations. 

In an era where corporate governance has increased in significance, Cooper Grace Ward’s compliance systems are designed to meet the needs of our clients and the expectations of regulators. Further, these compliance systems are designed to embed the required policies and procedures within the existing framework of your business.

If you are concerned about compliance and corporate governance in any way, our corporate lawyers in Brisbane can also carry out reviews or audits of your compliance system to ensure it meets the requirements of the law in accordance with AS 3806-2006 and other requisite Australian Standards.

To seek advice about a compliance or corporate governance matter, call (07) 3231 2444.

Key contacts

Charles Sweeney
Managing Partner
Belinda Winter
David Grace
Carly Ashwood
Special Counsel
Adelaide Hayes
Adelaide Hayes
Special Counsel
Gemma Sharp
Special Counsel
Andrew Vella
Andrew Vella
Special Counsel


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