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Marianne Marchesi

Principal at Legalite

4 years PQE
Melbourne, VIC, AU


I'm the founder and principal lawyer of Legalite. Legalite is a SmartLaw firm specialising in startups, small business and franchising.

My experience at large and mid-sized law firms and corporates right through to a boutique firm has exposed me to a wide range and scale of clients in various industries - including food and hospitality, retail, entertainment, pharmacy and real estate.

I'm genuinely passionate about giving my clients easy to understand and tailored advice. My practice has focussed on:
- Establishment of new franchise systems, including drafting key franchise documentation
- Issuing franchise documents to franchisees and ensuring compliance with the Franchising Code of Conduct
- Review of franchise documents for franchisees
- Advising both franchisors and franchisees in relation to disputes, including drafting breach notices, dispute notices, negotiations and exit strategy advice
- Competition and Consumer Law compliance
- Startup advice
- Business structuring and restructuring advice
- Sale and purchase of businesses and shares
- Advising on the Personal Property and Securities Act
- Intellectual property advice including registration of trade marks
- Lease reviews

I am a representative of the Franchise Council of Australia’s Women in Franchising committee and have been featured in leading business and franchising publications, including Forge, Business Franchise Australia, Inside Franchise Business and CGB’s 2016 Franchise Guide.

Practice Areas

    • Company formation
    • Company constitution
    • Company management
    • Shareholder rights
    • Company reporting and disclosure obligations
    • Forming contracts
    • Breach of contract
    • Consumer contracts
    • Unfair contract terms
    • Misleading and deceptive conducts
    • Contract entitlement & review
    • Privacy Act
    • Breach of privacy
    • Legal structures
    • Client relations
    • Business contracts
    • Franchising
    • Intellectual property
    • Legal structures
    • Company incorporation
    • Founder and Shareholder Agreements
    • Trademarks
    • Intellectual Property Protection & NDAs
    • Privacy Policies and Website Terms & Conditions
    • Supplier Contracts & Employees
    • Technology




PO Box 3096, Richmond VIC 3121

Virtual Practice

Practising Certificate

Admission to Practice, 2009