startup lawyers

Startup Lawyers

Legal services tailored to your startup

As a founder, you’ve made a critical decision to pursue a vision, and having your legals sorted from the outset prevents unnecessary issues emerging later on.

When your idea begins to gain investor interest, market activity, and media presence you are likely to see your entity scale up and enter an exciting and turbulent high-growth stage. At that point you’ll want to ensure that the legal arrangements underpinning and protecting your startup are adequately in place.

Our startup lawyers understand the unique culture and structure of startups and VCs, and possess familiarity with the technology space.

We tailor our offering for startups to the stage of growth your business is at. 

Services include:

  • Business / corporate structuring
  • Capital raising issues: from small angels to VC multi series’ to employee vestment to crowdfunding
  • Term sheets
  • Employee contracts, HR packs, contractors, internships
  • Trademarking, IP issues, licensing
  • Digital law – privacy, T&Cs
  • Technology issues
  • Migration – visas to bring international talent to Australia

We get it: launching a business is stressful. Let us deal with the legals, so that you can continue perfecting your big idea and getting it to market.

The OpenLegal team work with startups at all stages of the startup journey, from formation to Capital raising rounds to high growth phases.

We understand that startups have unique legal needs, and want to partner with lawyers who understand the startup space and can keep up with the speed startups often move at. 

We’re able to help with all legal aspects of your startup from company structure, website terms and conditions, services agreements, founders agreements, employment contracts, to financing and equity structures. 

It is important for startups to have their legals properly organised, and having them sorted out early on will provide safety for your operation as things scale.

Business Structure

New operations should be set up correctly from the outset, and this starts with understanding different business structures (companies / trusts / operating companies, partnerships), and organising your startup to reflect not only where you are, but where you want to grow to.

Intellectual Property

Your IP is valuable. Maybe even the most valuable asset your startup possesses. And it needs to be adequately protected to avoid significant risks to your business. We will help you protect and commercialise your IP, including trademarking business and product names, patenting original inventions, registering designs, securing confidentiality amongst employees, clients and contractors, and drafting / reviewing IP licenses and assignments.

Capital Raising, Equity, Shareholders and Funding

Taking your startup from bootstrapping, to angel, then series funding rounds A – E involves significant risk and commitment (as well as opportunity!). It’s important to understand the way different funding approaches will impact the business operations and equity. There are different ways that funding can be structured (from equity splits, loans, SAFE notes, ESOPs etc). We can advise, protect, and record it all for you..

Founds, Partners and Employees

Arrangements between founding partners, employees, freelancers, and contractors need to be formalised as your team grows.


As your project goes to plan and your startup scales quickly, you’ll need to have the legals solidly in place. Let us deal with the legal side, while you get on with perfecting your big idea. Call us on 1300 337 997 or complete the form on this page, and let’s chat.

Common Services

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OpenLegal have been vital to our growth. They've provided us with the ongoing legal infrastructure necessary for a business growing at our scale.

Nathan Besser, CEO
Jimmy Brings

A faster, easier approach to engaging lawyers

OpenLegal is a commercial law firm using a streamlined, project-managed approach to move fast, providing high quality and affordable legal services.

We provide

  • Fixed Fees
  • Free consultations
  • Specialist business & startup lawyers
  • Fast turnarounds - receive your documents within a few days


We’re always here to chat. Get in touch with our customer care team via the contact page, or phone at 1300 337 997.