Planning for the unexpected – How to manage the legal implications of unexpected events
Life happens when we are making other plans. There are times when business can be going along smoothly and all of a sudden, an unexpected event occurs which throws the business and any future plans into chaos.
Although it is natural instinct to work through the emotions of the unexpected event and ensure that the wellbeing of those affected by the event is properly managed, there are often legal requirements triggered by the event which lurk in the background and need to be taken care of, sometimes within a tight timeframe.
In this session, Sarah will discuss how to plan for the unexpected and manage the legal implications of unexpected events such as the departure of key staff members, sudden illness or the death of a pharmacy owner. She will provide you with tips to ensure that your business is prepared for unexpected events as well as a step by step plan on what you need to do if one of these events affects your pharmacy business.
Sarah Stoddart is the founder and sole director of Vitality Law Australia. She holds a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) from the Queensland University of Technology as well as a Diploma of Legal Practice from the College of Law (Queensland).
Although Sarah is based in Brisbane, she helps clients from all across Australia. Sarah has over a decade of legal experience. She started out at an international law firm, before moving to an in-house role and then into boutique firms. She is recognised as a leader in the healthcare industry and is one of only a few lawyers in Australia with specialist experience working with pharmacy businesses.
Sarah has extensive experience with the purchase and sale of businesses and applications to the Australian Community Pharmacy Authority and the Commonwealth Department of Health including applications for change of ownership of pharmacy businesses and applications for the exercise of Ministerial Discretion. She can also assist with objections to these applications.
In addition to her focus on healthcare businesses, she is also highly skilled in employment law matters and works with clients to:
improve the management and induction of employees by developing workplace policies and drafting employment contracts;
manage ill or injured employees;
advise on issues relating to performance management or termination of employees.
Sarah works closely with her clients to understand their business, provide them with education about issues relevant to their industry and to help them achieve business and professional growth. She regularly speaks at conferences, delivers workplace training and offers guidance on issues facing current or prospective business owners via free blog posts. She is reminded daily of how privileged she is to be a trusted advisor and a small part of some of the most significant milestones in her client’s lives.
As well as her work at Vitality Law Australia, Sarah is an Adjunct Lecturer at the College of Law Queensland. She regularly contributes to articles in the Australian Journal of Pharmacy and until recently, she was also a Board Director and Chair of the Governance Sub-Committee of the Queensland Alliance for Mental Health.
In November 2021, Sarah was named the 2021 Lawyers Weekly Women in Law Australian Sole Practitioner of the Year. She was also a finalist in the AusMumpreneur Business Awards in the categories of Disabled Business Excellence and Emerging AusMumpreneur. The category of Disabled Business Excellence recognises Sarah’s achievements in business despite suffering from a chronic illness. In 2022, Sarah is due to become a published author – so stay tuned!
Clients describe Sarah as friendly, approachable and efficient. She understands the demands of life in small business, particularly with a growing family, and is genuinely interested in building strong relationships and helping her clients succeed.