The ‘Be Legally Savvy in your Business’ Workshop Series

This is the first workshop in our new series on Being Legally Smart in your business.

A recording of this workshop is available at the bottom of this page.

Workshop 1: Business structuring – What you need to know

About this workshop

Many new businesses/ventures choose to become sole traders or partnerships simply because they are afraid of the paperwork. In this workshop, Ben Wood and Naomi Benton explain the ins an outs of:

  • What types of business structure are available?

  • Which structure makes the most sense for my business?

  • To what extent do I need to be insulated from legal liability?

  • What are the costs of establishing, and maintaining my business structure?

  • How will I prepare my business for future growth?

Following this presentation, our WiRE attendees will have an opportunity for Q&A’s



Prof Retha Wiesner, WiRE Program Director, Institute for Resilient regions, University of Southern Queensland.


Ben Wood and Naomi Benton

Ben Wood of The WiRE Program

Ben Wood

Ben has a broad range of experience in assisting clients with issues relating to corporations and securities law, with a particular focus on capital raisings and mergers & acquisitions.  Ben works for clients across a range of industries, including technology and life sciences, at various stages of a company’s lifecycle.  Ben has a focus on supporting start-ups and early stage companies, acting as a mentor at a number of Queensland-based innovation hubs, and working with both companies and potential early stage investors.


Naomi Benton

Employed at McCullough Robertson for almost 3 years, Naomi is a Corporate Advisory Lawyer specialising in mergers and acquisitions. She is on the management committee for the Women Lawyers Association of Queensland Inc, and was recently nominated as a finalist for the 2017 Lawyer’s Weekly top 30 under 30.

Naomi Benton of The WiRE Program

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The “Be Legally Savvy in your Business” workshop series is brought to you by McCullough Robertson.

McCullough Robertson is an in-kind partner of the WiRE program.

McCullough Robertson is an independent Australian law firm with more than 350 staff spread across four offices in Brisbane, Sydney, Newcastle and Melbourne. Operating for over 92 years, they work with major Australian and foreign owned corporations, financial institutions, governments and high net worth individuals. Their legal specialists combine their experience, technical expertise and imagination to deliver commercial, practical and tailored solutions.

Their Community Partnership Program (CPP) is a framework through which they promote and embody their firm values, facilitating sustainable economic, social and cultural change in areas of the community most in need.  They take a long term approach to investing in their communities and, true to their nature, focus their efforts in areas where they can bring all of their resources to the table in a shared value approach.


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