03 5331 4444
Bacchus Marsh
03 5366 3888
Contact Name Cathy Drake
Position Director / Commercial Lawyer
40 Armstrong Street North
Ballarat Victoria 3350

183 Main Street
Bacchus Marsh Victoria 3340
Phone Ballarat
03 5337 0264 (direct)
Bacchus Marsh
03 5366 3888
Fax 03 5333 2694

Cathy Drake


B.A , LL.B (Deakin University)
Accredited Specialist in Commercial Tenancy Law

Cathy is a Director and a member of the firm's Corporate & Business Law Practice Group. She is an accredited specialist in Commercial Tenancy Law, testimony to her expertise in advising clients in the preparation of leases of retail, industrial and other business premises and also advising clients with respect to lease disputes.

She has a special interest in advising small to medium enterprises in all aspects of sale, purchase and financing of business.

Cathy is a committee member of the Law Institute of Victoria Specialist Accreditation Property & Commercial Tenancy Law Advisory Committee. She has also been involved with other organisations in the community including as a past Board member and Secretary of the Fiona Elsey Cancer Research Institute, past committee member of the Ballarat & District Law Association and past deputy chair of BRACE. Cathy also volunteered for almost 10 years at the Central Highlands Community Legal Centre and previously lectured at the TAFE Division of the University of Ballarat

Areas of Expertise

Commercial Law
Leasing, including agreements to lease, commercial and industrial leases, farm leases, sub lease, assignment of lease, variation of lease, surrender of lease, termination of lease, mortgage of lease
Rent review procedures, dispute resolution and disclaimer of lease
Lease disputes, including forfeiture and relief from forfeiture
Dealings with the Small Business Commissioner, mediation
Contracts, including contract disputes, estoppel, part performance
Trade Practices, misleading and deceptive conduct, unconscionable conduct
Business Sales and Purchases, including licensed post offices (LPO), hotels, child care centres, rent rolls and service stations
Commercial agreements
Trust advice
GST and going concern advice
Share sale agreements
Confidentiality agreements
Privacy advice
Restraints of trade
Personal Property Securities Act and Register (PPSR)

Professional Membership

Law Institute of Victoria
Ballarat District Law Association
The information on this website is of a general nature only. It is not, nor is it intended to be, legal advice. You should consult a lawyer for individual advice about your particular circumstances. Nevett Ford do not warrant that information contained in links to third party sites are correct and accept no responsibility for the accuracy and reliability or any other matter in relation to a third party site.