NFP Legal Services

Expert advice and legal direction

Having a trusted legal advisor with expertise and experience and knowledge of your sector is critical to Boards and CEOs.

Community Business Australia works closely with, and is supported by, Joanne O’Brien and her team at CRH Law.

Joanne O’Brien has an extensive practice across the not-for-profit sector, acting for a range of organisations, including charities, community businesses, churches, peak bodies and associations.

Working with Community Business Australia, Joanne provides practical advice and legal solutions to not for profits operating in an increasingly competitive environment.

Joanne advises Boards, CEOs and senior management teams on a diverse range of matters

Joanne has a proven understanding of the regulatory and commercial environments and can assist with:

  • Reviewing and improving Constitutions
  • Organisational restructuring
  • Converting from one legal structure to another
  • Partnerships and consortium arrangements
  • Mergers, amalgmations and aquisitions
  • Funding contracts
  • Tax endorsements
  • Legal compliance and risk management

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Introducing Joanne O’Brien, NfP Legal Consultant

Meet our NFP Legal Consultants

Joanne O’Brien

NFP Legal Expert
CRH Law

Joanne O’Brien is a senior partner of CRH Law and has extensive legal experience across the not-for-profit sector, having acted for a range of organisations including charities, community businesses, churches, peak bodies and associations.

A seasoned presenter, Joanne’s experience focuses on establishing and restructuring legal entities for not-for-profit and charitable organisations.

She advises boards and senior management teams on a diverse range of issues including:

  • Reviewing and improving Constitutions
  • Organisational restructuring
  • Converting from one legal structure to another
  • Partnerships and consortium arrangements
  • Mergers, amalgamations and acquisitions
  • Funding contracts
  • Tax endorsements
  • Legal compliance and risk management

Brian Herd

NFP Legal Expert
CRH Law

Finding someone that understands the motivation and needs of not-for-profit and community-based organisations can be very difficult. Fortunately, with our legal partner, Brian Herd of CRH Law, Community Business Australia can refer specialist legal support from a proven professional.

With the experience and passion to make sure your organisation gets the best advice on legal compliance, workplace relations, commercial and property law, Brian is recognised as one of the best in his field.

Does your organisation need expert assistance with Legal matters?

Contact CBA now to discuss how we can help you address your organisation’s legal matters.






Joanne and the team at CRH Law have provided a high standard of reliable legal advice to MDA Ltd for more than 10 years. As a growing non-for-profit company, Joanne has diligently guided our organisation through a period of growth and change by providing expert advice that is considered, comprehensive and easy to understand. Her valuable support has given us the confidence to make significant business decisions and achieve positive outcomes for MDA. I cannot recommend Joanne more highly.

Christina Skoien – Company Secretary, MDA Ltd