Ric Birkett

Ric Birkett BEc, LLB
Principal Lawyer
Phone: +61 3 8600 6049
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Ric is a principal with Aitken Partners and has extensive experience in the areas of corporate, commercial, business and property law.

He advises large and small corporations and businesses including clients in the not for profit and charitable sectors.

While Ric assists clients from a range of industries, he has particular expertise in the areas of aged care and retirement living and retail and supply sectors. Ric heads up our Aged Care & Retirement Living Team.

Ric’s more than 20 years in practice have seen him advise on the full range of corporate and business transactions from large scale business sales, acquisitions and mergers to day to day client needs such as terms of trade and procurement contracting.

He provides governance regulatory and compliance advice to clients (including corporations, incorporated associations and cooperatives) including those working within government funding structures and other regulatory regimes.

Key Experience

  • Advising the Australian Medical Association on several parts of its operation, including the consolidation of its subsidiaries. This included structuring, operations, tax, contractual, property and sponsorship advice.
  • Advising clients in the aged care and retirement living industry, including Southern Cross Care (Vic), Mercy Health, Mayflower, Jewish Care (Victoria), Doutta Galla Aged Services, Harmony Village, Rumbalara Aboriginal Co-operative and Churches of Christ Cares on many matters.
  • Multiple mergers and acquisitions of aged care and retirement village operators and businesses including due diligence investigations, negotiations and documenting including four significant mergers in the not-for-profit sector.
  • Drafting management, contractor, service and supply agreements including for aged care and retirement village operators and service providers and suppliers to the industry, including pharmaceutical services agreements, maintenance agreements, software licensing agreements, cleaning services agreements, project management agreements and various government funding arrangements.
  • Advising and assisting home care and aged care facility operators and other community service providers regarding compliance with State and Commonwealth government regulations and requirements, the conduct of departmental investigations, complaint handling and appeal processes.
  • Preparing and updating client agreements in accordance with regulatory requirements including the Aged Care Act 1997 (Cth), Retirement Villages Act 1986 (Vic) and Disability Act 2006 (Vic).
  • Advising and acting in relation to construction and development of aged care facilities and retirement villages including land acquisitions, leasing, planning, development and consultant agreements.
  • Providing compliance advice under the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth), Associations Incorporation Reform Act 2012 (Vic) and the Co-operatives Act 1996 (Vic) and other relevant legislation including training and education sessions for Boards and committees.
  • Advising several large scale clothing retailers on issues relating to their national businesses, including leasing arrangements and consumer law requirements.
  • Company structuring, shareholder agreements and joint venture Agreements.
  • Multiple purchases and sales of businesses.
  • Supply and procurement agreements.
  • Terms of trade including distribution agreements.


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