Sarah Stoddart - Director
Sarah Stoddart is the founder and sole director of Vitality Law Australia. She is a partner, Mum, stepmum, organisation extraordinaire and lover of champagne, good coffee and beach holidays.
In November 2020, following the start of a pandemic and the birth of her first child, Sarah launched her firm. Why do such a thing you ask? Because she wanted to do law differently, flexibly and on her terms. And they say if you can dream it, you can create it!
Although Sarah is based in sunny Brisbane, she helps clients from all across Australia. Sarah has over a decade of legal experience. She started out at an international law firm, before moving to an in-house role and then into boutique firms. She is recognised as a leader in the healthcare industry and is one of only a few lawyers in Australia with specialist experience working with pharmacy businesses.
Sarah has extensive experience with the purchase and sale of businesses and applications to the Australian Community Pharmacy Authority and the Commonwealth Department of Health including applications for change of ownership of pharmacy businesses and applications for the exercise of Ministerial Discretion. She can also assist with objections to these applications.
In addition to her focus on healthcare businesses, she is also highly skilled in conveyancing and employment law matters and works with clients to:
- navigate the sale and property of residential and commercial property;
- transfer property as a result of a relationship breakdown;
- improve the management and induction of employees by developing workplace policies and drafting employment contracts;
- manage ill or injured employees;
- advise on issues relating to performance management or termination of employees.
Sarah works closely with her clients to understand their business, provide them with education about issues relevant to their industry and to help them achieve business and professional growth. She regularly speaks at conferences, delivers workplace training and offers guidance on issues facing current or prospective business owners via free blog posts. She is reminded daily of how privileged she is to be a trusted advisor and a small part of some of the most significant milestones in her client’s lives.
As well as her work at Vitality Law Australia, Sarah is an Adjunct Lecturer at both the College of Law Queensland and the University of the Sunshine Coast. She regularly contributes to articles in the Australian Journal of Pharmacy and until recently, she was also a Board Director and Chair of the Governance Sub-Committee of the Queensland Alliance for Mental Health.
In 2021, Sarah was a finalist in the AusMumpreneur Business Awards in the categories of Disabled Business Excellence and Emerging AusMumpreneur. The category of Disabled Business Excellence recognises Sarah’s achievements in business despite suffering from a chronic illness. In 2022, Sarah is due to become a published author – so stay tuned!
Clients describe Sarah as friendly, approachable and efficient. She understands the demands of life in small business, particularly with a growing family, and is genuinely interested in building strong relationships and helping her clients succeed.