Hello, I'm Melissa Bush.

I've been a practising lawyer for 27 years, and working in law firms for over 32 years. Over that time, I have seen so many business owners having to unnecessarily spend time, money and energy in dealing with legal issues that could have been avoidable in the first place.
A common theme for these business owners is that they didn't know what their legal rights and obligations were from the very start.  Rather, they dove in head first, perhaps registered a business name, and started trading.
My aim with Business Know How is to give business owners the knowledge and also the know how to minimise their legal risks.
The Business Know How portal includes 12 core modules for you to work your way through at your own pace, assisted by regular Facebook sessions in the exclusive BKH Facebook community, as well as regular updates and discussions on what is happening in the business law space, with changes to laws and court decisions.
Those just starting out can opt to join our Mini Course for startups, "Getting off the ground", which contains modules specific to those initial stages of the business life cycle.

My Story


I completed a Bachelor of Commerce/Laws (with Honours) from the University of Wollongong in 1994 whilst working as a paralegal for a sole practitioner. I then started as an investigator in the Canberra head office of the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (formerly the Trade Practices Commission), before being admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales in 1996.

Following admission, I joined a local firm and practised in the areas of commercial litigation (Local Court, District Court, Family Court, CTTT), personal injury and property law (conveyancing, leasing, mortgages). I then expanded my experience even more, working as a Senior Associate in large multinational firms in the CBD, in property law, commercial litigation (District, Supreme, Federal Courts), franchising, insurance law, intellectual property and trade practices (Parts IV, V and X).

I founded my own firm, Shire Legal, in 2003, and created Business Know How in 2022.  In the past 19 years, I have focused my efforts on a combination of business, property and estates law.

In my spare time, I enjoy trail running in the Royal National Park, reading (I've hosted a book club for my friends for the past 3 years), hanging out with my 3 teenage daughters, and taking my dog along the beach to Boat Harbour.

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