Cleary Hoare, Australia's pre-eminent taxation and capital protection law firm for private business, has over 30 years experience.

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Cleary Hoare is Australia's pre-eminent taxation and capital protection law firm for private businesses.  We have researched and developed a wide range of legal solutions and services particularly suited to small to medium enterprises.  We are unique in the marketplace, combining the use of structures such as Trusts, Partnerships, Companies and Self Managed Superannuation Funds with strategic commercial legal advice. 

Our market leading understanding of business structures, tax law and asset protection will assist you to achieve your commercial, estate and succession planning goals, while maximising capital security, tax effectiveness and operational flexibility.

Our key practice areas include Taxation, Capital Protection, Commercial Law and Litigation.  


For those of you who are in private business, the use of "your own" money for working capital is a reality. Tax is a real cost to your business and your family. Poor tax planning is poor business and you have a responsibility to find a reasonable balance between meeting your legal tax obligations and achieving profitability and building value in your business.

Capital Protection

Capital Protection encompasses Asset Protection and Estate and Succession Planning and ensures that your valuable assets are not unduly exposed to inter-generational risk or commercial calamity. Apart from being a defensive strategy, Capital Protection is also about finance and capital raising, preparation for sale of your enterprise, corporate governance and risk management. 


Our focus on tax and revenue law issues for private business allows us to bring a unique approach to commercial transactions not available to less specialised firms, and more seamlessly than national or global firms. If you are buying, selling, leasing, licensing, joint venturing any asset then we can almost certainly improve your position in the process and outcome for your business.


Litigation and dispute resolution is the fastest growing part of our business. Dealing with commercial disputes is a fact of business life. It is another risk to be managed. This may be through litigation, but often can be resolved through negotiation and compromise. Our approach is proactive and our advice is timely, practical, cost effective and commercially focused.