Esther Gutnick

Senior Associate

+61 3 8540 0267 +61 488 672 382

About Esther

Esther is a Senior Associate in the Corporate Advisory and Franchising Team.  She handles a variety of franchising and commercial matters, acting for both franchisees and franchisors.

Esther’s practice focusses on:

  • Sales and acquisitions of franchise networks and independent businesses
  • Establishment of franchise systems, including advising on corporate structure and asset protection issues and drafting franchise documentation for Franchisors
  • Advising franchisors regarding the Australian Franchising Code of Conduct (“Code”) and in particular in respect of Code compliance issues
  • Advising franchisors in relation to operational and other compliance issues, including compliance with the Australian Consumer Law
  • Conducting franchise transactions, including the grant of new franchises and the renewal, surrender and transfer of existing franchises
  • Advising franchisors regarding franchisee defaults, including drafting breach and termination notices in accordance with Code requirements
  • Handling franchising disputes, including drafting dispute notices, negotiations and providing exit strategy advice to franchisors and franchisees
  • Reviewing and advising Franchisees in respect of franchise documents and sales and acquisitions of franchised businesses

Esther graduated from Monash University in 2003 with a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in Accounting and Finance.  She joined MST Lawyers in February 2005 and was admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of Victoria and High Court of Australia in 2006.

Esther is a member of the Law Institute of Victoria.