Rodney Holborn

Rodney was educated in Zimbabwe and subsequently graduated from Rhodes University, South Africa with BA / LLB degrees.

He practised as partner in charge of civil litigation in a South African law firm for 13 years and since practised as a commercial lawyer in Perth from 1994 (including 2 years as in house counsel for a listed Australian mining company).

Rodney’s principal experience is in the following areas:

Commercial agreements

Reviewing, negotiating and drafting various commercial agreements including:

  • Sales of businesses and shares;
  • Shareholder Agreements;
  • Partnership Agreements;
  • Services Agreements;
  • Leases;
  • Licence Agreements;
  • Agency and Distributorship Agreements;
  • Loans (and associated caveats / PPSR registrations);
  • General Conditions of Sale;
  • Trusts.

Wills and Estate Planning

  • Standard Wills;
  • Wills with Testamentary Trusts;
  • Succession planning relating to family trusts and Self Managed Superannuation Funds;
  • Enduring Powers of Attorney and Enduring Powers of Guardianship.
  • “Granny Flat” agreements.

Deceased Estates

  • Probate;
  • Transfers of land (Survivorship applications, Transmission applications);
  • Deeds of Family Arrangement;
  • Administration of estates.

Mineral Exploration

Rodney has approximately 10 years’ experience negotiating and preparing agreements for listed multinationals and Australian listed mining companies, mostly relating to the mineral exploration industry and including:

  • joint venture agreements;
  • native title access (Heritage Protection) agreements;
  • service agreements;
  • confidentiality agreements;
  • project sale and tenements sale agreements.

Rodney’s approach to the preparation of agreements:

Rodney favours agreements simplified and shortened as far as possible by limiting non-essential material; and

He usually promotes the use of preliminary bullet point Terms Sheets to enable parties to identify and resolve potential issues before incurring the cost of drafting a full form agreement.

Holborn Lenhoff Massey

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