We apply our business experience to our clients’ matters.

Emma Salerno has a wealth of experience from operating her own businesses as well as her national and international experience in the practice of the law. Emma’s resume includes commercial and in-house experience in the United States, in addition to operating her own businesses across Australia. Having commercial interests in the northern beef cattle industry and being the Vice-Chair of the Kimberley Pilbara Cattleman’s Association, Emma has extensive experience representing members of the pastoral industry.

Emma regularly acts for several large corporates in Agribusiness. Her clients include property developers and construction companies in the eastern states throughout complex developments. Emma also represents the interests of internationally based clients ranging from the US, the UK as well as Asia with respect to their commercial interests in Australia. Emma is adept in problem-solving, a skill that she applies to any area of the law in which she practices. As an accredited mediator, she is regularly engages in the context of negotiation or mediation to resolve complex commercial disputes or to effectively establish solid cooperative relations between people or organisations that avoid future conflicts.

As a lawyer, Darren managed a legal practice of 30 practitioners. As an entrepreneur, Darren has developed a number of businesses in which he retains an equity interest.

For example, Darren raised A$7.5m of capital injection for a manufacturing business based in Queensland, of which Darren holds a substantial equity interest. The capital was raised through a combination of bank debt, private equity and a substantial Government grant.

Both Emma and Darren have held Director positions with private, public and ASX listed companies as well as business councils and charity boards.


  • business structuring

  • strategising processes for achieving desired outcomes

  • assisting on legal issues for capital raising

  • assisting in obtaining government approvals

  • assisting in obtaining government support such as grants, market protection, exporting or importing licenses and trade tariffs

  • tender arrangements

  • corporate advisory

  • cross-border investment


Advising on all types of project approvals for over 100 mining, renewables, oil and gas, property development, manufacturing and retail projects.

Business structuring and restructuring to create capital funding and exit strategies for over 50 separate investments.

Obtaining government grant, tariff protection and Favoured Nation Status for a manufacturer for nonwovens fabrics based in Ipswich, Queensland.

Assisting in due diligence, agreement negotiation and tendering for over 50 projects throughout Australia.

Acted for this client twice in the purchase of the same rural pub (both the freehold land and the business). The first transaction did not proceed after due diligence issues arising during protracted contract negotiations. Some years later, the client subsequently entered into negotiations to purchase the pub a second time (with the subsequent owner) which led to successful completion. This involved the review and negotiation of the sale contract.

Acted for a client for the freehold and business purchase of a Springbrook Café through the client’s SMSF. This involved establishing a new company and a Bare Trust to facilitate the limited recourse borrowing scheme, reviewing and negotiating the sale contract, and drawing up a premises Lease between the client’s 2 entities.

  • Emma Salerno
  • Luke Mckavanagh
  • Chris Horn

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If your case can be settled without going to court, this is usually best for everyone. To find out if alternative dispute resolution is appropriate for you case, book a consultation with a professional at Salerno Law. Call us on +61 7 5575 8011 to get in touch with our QLD office or +61 8 9169 2206 to reach our WA office.