About the Book

How to Avoid a Fall from Grace is a guide for Australian company directors at all stages of their career. As the leader of your company, you have a lot to worry about on a daily basis. The last thing you need to invest your time in is agonising over the complex legal issues that underpin your actions.

Sarah Bartholomeusz offers legal advice gathered from more than a decade of working with Australian and international companies of every shape and size. In simple terms, Sarah explains how the law specifically relates to your duties as a director.

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Legal Landscape

How do companies and company directors fit into the Australian legal landscape? How does this affect you?


Directors' Duties

What duties are imposed on directors and by whom? Find out, with detailed guidance on what you need to do, why you need to do it and and what happens when things go wrong.


Case Studies

Real life and hypothetical case studies illustrate how directors' duties apply in everyday situations.

What Our Readers Are Saying

This is a relatable and helpful book filled with practical guidance for directors and executives at any stage of their career.


Perry Gunner

Freedom Foods Group – Chairman, and Australian Vintage Ltd – Director

How to Avoid a Fall from Grace takes the often complex legal challenges that every director faces and provides answers and solutions that are truly accessible. The material is engaging and the examples relevant. It is an excellent reference guide for directors.


Alicia Burgermeister

Senior In-House Lawyer

Peace of mind for leaders. Rest easy with this useful resource.


Mark Allison

Elders Ltd – Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer

The perfect guide for the boardroom. With so much information available online, it’s hard to know where to begin when you begin acting in office. How to Avoid a Fall from Grace cuts through the legal jargon and explains directors’ duties in a way that is relevant to senior executives. A must-read for any leader interested in success.


Bruce Griffiths

OAM - Director, Quickstep Holdings Ltd and Director, Carbon Revolution Pty Ltd

Anyone involved in running a company will find this book a valuable resource. This well-written volume covers all the essentials in an observant, relatable, and practical style.


Julia MacFarlane

Senior Executive, Risk Management and Compliance (Financial Services)

It’s rare to find a book on this topic that is both comprehensive and readable. How to Avoid a Fall from Grace manages it effortlessly, combining technical excellence with practicality and accessibility in one very helpful read.


Michael Iwaniw

Chairman, Select Harvests Ltd

A shortcut/roadmap to success – let Sarah guide you through the corporate maze.


Malcolm Jackman

Chairman, SubZero Group Ltd and Chief Executive, South Australian Fire & Emergency Commission

Everything a director would need to know about the legal implications of their role is contained in this book.


Ella McDougall

General Counsel & Company Secretary, Apiam Limited

A ‘one of its kind’ book – if only How to Avoid a Fall from Grace existed 20 years’ ago! It is a practical text which is perfect, particularly useful for busy executives. I have searched high and low – there is no comparable resource to How to Avoid a Fall from Grace.


David Marino

Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Quickstep Holdings Pty Ltd

In easy-to-understand, straightforward language, How to Avoid a Fall from Grace provides a comprehensive overview of the key information directors need to know. Canvassing topics such as director’s duties, financial reporting obligations, and personal liability, this informative and relevant resource is one that I expect readers will return to often.


Rachel Humprhys

Compliance Manager, Deloitte Australia

Surprisingly light reading for a heavy topic. A clear, concise summary of some important issues all senior executives should consider. Sarah highlights some common issues, which will benefit both new and experienced directors. Sarah has brought a fresh approach to the legal space and her book propagates that theme. If you want to concisely understand the important issues all senior executives need to consider, then look no further than within these pages.


David Chuter

Chief Executive Officer, Innovative Manufacturing CRC Ltd

This book is an indispensable resource; informative and practical, it covers almost every eventuality a director will have to deal with. It is a must for any leader’s bookshelf.


Aaron LeCornu

Director, Kornblum Pty Ltd

A pocket legal expert. How to Avoid a Fall from Grace is a handy reference book – easy to read and full of real-life examples many leaders can relate to.


Mark De Wit

Chief Executive Officer, VISY

The breadth of Sarah’s experience working in the corporate world is remarkable. Sarah has seen it all through her twelve-plus years of commercial practice. If there’s something you aren’t sure of, there’s a high chance Sarah has handled it or will be able to help you navigate through it practically. Highly recommended.


Dexter Clarke

Chief Financial Officer (Australia & New Zealand) Manheim Pty Ltd

In How to Avoid a Fall from Grace, Sarah Bartholomeusz has compiled an approachable, but very complete, reference for directors seeking to better understand the responsibilities, risks, and obligations that come with serving on the board of a company.


David McLauchlan

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Buddy Platform Inc.

About the Author


Sarah Bartholomeusz

Sarah is the founder and CEO of You Legal, a new category of law firm, providing top-tier corporate and commercial legal services and corporate governance support to ASX-listed companies as well as growing businesses at all stages of their life cycle. In addition to her B.A. and LL.B from the University of Adelaide, Sarah has a Graduate Diploma of Applied Corporate Governance from the Governance Institute of Australia Ltd, of which she is a Fellow. Sarah is also a Member of the Australian Institute of Directors, a Member of the Association of Corporate Counsel and a Member of the Law Society of South Australia. In 2015 Sarah was the recipient of the South Australian Telstra Business Women’s Award in the Start-Up category for her innovative firm, You Legal.

Sarah is the Chair of the Seniors Information Service Inc and she serves on the Education and Early Childhood Services Registration and Standards Board in South Australia.

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