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no-nonsense Business lawyers in Brunswick and preston



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Elvin Lawyers, Melbourne lawyers in Brunswick, Coburg, Preston, Moreland and Darebin
Brunswick Office

Straight Talking Lawyers

We are no-nonsense commercial lawyers who talk straight with our clients and tough with our opponents. 

Our legal services are high quality, our advice is clear, and we charge fairly. Our clients have direct access to their lawyer, not just their assistant. 

We are a reliable established firm in the Northern suburbs offering a refreshingly direct approach to the practice of law. Each of our lawyers works exclusively in one practice area and comes to our firm with substantial experience.

Our clients can expect to:

  • Receive good advice and firm representation from an experienced Business Lawyer.
  • Have access to our professional network of experts and legal minds.
  • Feel comfortable and supported in our collaborative and judgment-free legal practice environment.

Commercial lawyers

Business Lawyers

We work with small and large business to provide commercially-minded advice and representation in relation to business purchases, business sales, business structures, commercial leases, security documentation, shareholders’ agreements and other commercial contracts.

Matthew Elvin is an experienced Melbourne business lawyer who has been advising and representing clients at all stages of their commercial ventures since 2012. He can help you map out the legal aspects of a plan to grow your business while protecting your assets. He can also advise and represent you in commercial litigation, Court proceedings, and dispute resolution processes.

Business structure matters

A sole trader is an individual who is personally liable for the business. This is the most cost effective and simple structure. However, it does not easily accommodate for future growth, allow for flexibility, protect personal assets, or provide the tax benefits of other structures.

A partnership is two or more individuals or entities conducting a business together. Although a partnership offers more flexibility than a sole trader structure, the partners are still personally liable for the business. The extent of the liability depends on whether the partnership is a general partnership, a limited partnership, or an incorporated limited partnership. A partnership can also be a partnership of companies, discussed below. We advise clients on the risks and benefits of the sole trader and partnership structures.

Due Diligence

If you are the purchaser, due diligence is an integral part of your purchase. This is the investigation of the business for sale and the seller to minimise the purchaser’s risks. Due diligence generally involves verifying the banking and financial position of the business, valuing the business, reviewing the important contracts associated with the business, verifying the corporate ownership structure, verifying the ownership of business assets including information technology and intellectual property rights, verifying the employees and suppliers, investigating any legal proceedings involving the business, and verifying its compliance with regulatory requirements. You usually do due diligence after you have negotiated contract terms, but prior to signing the sale of business contract. We can assist you to complete your due diligence.


Lease negotiations

Negotiable terms in a commercial lease include duration, options to renew, annual rent increases, market rent reviews, permitted use, liability for land tax, and whether the Retail Leases Act is to apply. It can be daunting for both tenant and landlord. We can identify the risks and benefits to you of a lease and advise you on terms to better protect your interests. We can also negotiate on your behalf.

Better lawyers

With offices in Brunswick and Preston, Elvin Lawyers is a firm of like minded lawyers brought together by a passion for justice, a no-nonsense approach to legal practice, and a genuine desire to do better for our clients. 

Jackie Smith, Louie Elsoukmani, Matthew Elvin and Jason Falzon are seasoned lawyers, equally as comfortable in the heat of litigation as they are in crafting meticulous agreements.

Case highlights



In the absence of clear and satisfactory proof, the court cannot be satisfied that the deceased knew and approved of the contents of the Will.” – Judge McMillan, 17 May 2021

  1. In a 2022 VCAT case VNH (Guardianship) [2022] VCAT 379  Elvin Lawyers relied on expert neuropsychological evidence to obtain a VCAT order overturning a 2021 Power of Attorney and instead upholding a 2017 Power of Attorney made by Elvin Lawyers’ client.
  2. In a 2022 Supreme Court case (Restricted Judgment) Elvin Lawyers obtained a Court order to remove a person from a Melbourne house they were illegally occupying and that they pay Elvin Lawyers’ legal costs. 
  3. In a 2022 Supreme Court case Matthew Elvin won an appeal, overturning an earlier Magistrates’ Court judgment regarding breaches of Overarching Obligations.
  4. In a 2021 Supreme Court case, Elvin Lawyers a Court Order overturning a deceased’s Will. As a result, Elvin Lawyers’ client received more from the deceased estate.
  5. In a 2021 County Court case Elvin Lawyers made a hard fought and complex application to dismiss a Court proceeding for ‘abuse of process’. Unfortunately that application was not successful.
  6. In a 2020 Supreme Court case Matthew Elvin successfully defended a summary judgment application.
  7. In a 2020 Supreme Court case, Elvin Lawyers obtained a Court Order dismissing the other party’s meritless claim against Elvin Lawyers’ client.
  8. In a 2019 VCAT case, Elvin Lawyers obtained a VCAT Order revoking an Administration Order which had previously been placed on their client. 
  9. In a 2019 case Elvin Lawyers successfully defended their client against a summary judgment application brought by the other party in the Magistrates’ Court.
  10. In a 2018 case, Elvin Lawyers obtained a judgment from VCAT ordering the other parties to return valuable tools and machinery to Elvin Lawyers’ client.
  11. In a 2016 case, Elvin Lawyers successfully defended their client against a strike out application brought by the other party in the Magistrates’ Court. 

Google reviews

Jenny FlemingJenny Fleming
00:37 23 Feb 22
Matthew Elvin and his team from Elvin Lawyers come with the highest recommendation for their professionalism, expertise and unwavering commitment to their clients. Matthew Elvin specifically takes the time to listen to your legal issue, evaluate, present options with realistic expectations and keep you constantly updated.Elvin Lawyer's success is having a great office team that balances a high level of legal expertise with empathy and kindness for the client.Thank you Matthew for your tireless commitment to our legal matter and congratulations on representing an outstanding legal practice.
Cathy BinningtonCathy Binnington
03:37 14 Jan 22
We had a good experience with Elvin Lawyers - Jason was a very thorough and thoughtful lawyer.
Rohan ManuelRohan Manuel
03:45 02 Nov 21
Very happy to show our support for this firm. They are very knowledgeable, professional and good people to work with.
Paul GreensteinPaul Greenstein
05:53 02 Sep 20
We've employed Elvin Lawyers on two occasions, and in both cases they have been very professional, friendly and accommodating. Highly recommended.
Alison DwyerAlison Dwyer
02:31 20 Apr 20
A thoroughly professional lawyer. Most importantly kind, empathetic and driven to get the best outcome for the client. I would have no hesitation in using the services again.
04:54 09 Apr 20
I worked with Skye Wilde for my family law matter and she was fantastic to work with. She was kinda and courteous, always approachable, and always prompt in getting things done. She also gave us realistic advice on how to proceed after the case was completed.(Posted on behalf of my mother)