Our Co-operatives Experience



BAL Lawyers are proud to partner with the Business Council of Co-operatives and Mutuals (BCCM), the national peak body representing the co-operative and mutual model of enterprise.

Our Co-operatives Experience

Co-operatives are organisations that are owned, controlled and used by their members primarily for the mutual economic, social or cultural benefit of those members. Co-operatives are founded on seven international principles that empower and educate their members and promote community participation and support; they are values-based entities, albeit ones which can turn a profit for their members.

Our lawyers have significant professional experience and an understanding of how co-operatives work, enabling them to deliver commercial strategies and alternative options in business structuring and general business activities. Our task is to open our client’s eyes to the risks their businesses may have and assist them gauge the probabilities, to view alternate paths and to take a realistic viewpoint when risk cannot be eliminated.

We have been working with co-operatives for many years – helping establish new co-operatives, advising on the co-operative structure and member rights, and advising on the introduction and application of the Co-operative National Law. We have facilitated several workshops with the Business Council of Co-operatives & Mutuals and other organisations to existing and potential co-operatives on the model, the benefits of a collective and co-ordinated impact in business, and the role of collaborative decision-making.

We have been appointed to the panel of specialists for the Commonwealth’s Farm Co-operatives & Collaboration Pilot Program (‘Farming Together’) and also work with other co-operatives in the ACT, NSW and VIC.

For more information about Co-operatives, please contacts us.