North Sydney Commercial Lawyers

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Our People

Leigh Adams Business Lawyers was established in 1994. Since that time, it has developed a reputation for providing high quality legal services at an affordable price.

We are based in North Sydney, and specialise in the areas of business and commercial law, insolvency, litigation, and wills and estates.

We aim to deliver practical, sound and effective legal advice to our clients.

Clients’ needs vary. Whether the matter is large or small, we acknowledge the importance to each of our clients, whether individual or corporate, of producing outcomes which meet their specific needs and expectations.

Principal: Leigh Adams


(02) 9964 0022





Leigh practices in the area of business and commercial law with a particular interest in tax effective business succession (the entry and exit of business partners), estate planning and wills, business contracts and business structuring (including Franchising), shareholder arrangements and joint ventures. He also has a significant insolvency practice, with a focus on bankruptcy, asset protection and personal property securities.


Leigh is a highly regarded tactical lawyer and a highly sought after speaker, frequently presenting papers to numerous industry groups on these and related topics.

Leigh presented an Australia wide 6 hour workshop on Asset Protection and Business Succession for the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia in April and May 2009.

He also spoke at the Australian Institute of Credit Management’s National Conference in Brisbane in October 2010 on How to torpedo trusts and other asset protection strategies.

In February 2012, Leigh presented a series of three one-hour presentations to NSW lawyers at the behest of the Law Society of NSW on the new Personal Property Securities Act.

In 2013, Leigh became one of the contributing personal property security authors for the CCH publications “Australian Properties Securities Law Reporter” and “Australian Buying and Selling Businesses – personal property”.

In 2014, as a member of the PPSA sub committee of the NSW Law Society Business Law committee, Leigh assisted in drafting the personal property securities clauses for the 2015 edition of the contract for sale of business.

In 2016, Leigh has continued to speak for various industry groups, including ARITA and the Financial Planning Association of Australia.


  • BEc., LLB from Sydney University
  • Accredited Specialist Business Law (NSW)
  • Admitted in NSW and also Victoria
  • Associate member Australian Tax Institute
  • Member Law Society Business Law Committee
  • Author “When the going gets tough” which deals with crisis management in business
  • Member ARITA, formerly Insolvency Practitioners Association
  • Member Law Council Insolvency Committee
  • Member NSW Society for Computers and the law


Married with two children, his main leisure activities include cycling, tennis and snowskiing.

Legal Assistants


Caley Bawden
Legal Assistant
(02) 9964 0022

Caley assists with legal research and opinions in relation to personal property security matters.

Rachel Zhao
Legal Assistant
(02) 9964 0022

Rachel assists with the drafting of commercial leases and trust advice.

Alice Mason 
Legal Assistant
(02) 9964 0022

Alice assists with advice concerning bankruptcy and commercial litigation.

Vanessa Portelli
Legal Assistant
(02) 9964 0022

Vanessa assists with advice concerning estate planning and business succession.

Julie Dang
Legal Assistant
(02) 9964 0022

Julie assists with drafting business documents including the sale and purchase of businesses and shares.

Judy Garth
Legal Assistant
(02) 9964 0022

Judy assists with general administration and managerial issues.