Providing a Platform for charitable innovation.

At Platform Legal we care about your charitable purposes and we love innovation. We provide a range of services that give you the best platform from which to pursue your particular charitable goals.

Legal Consultancy Services

Legal advice that provides you with a Platform for pursuing your charitable goals. 
Charities' Law 
  • Finding the best legal structures 

  • Obtaining Tax concessions

  • Drafting Constitutions 

  • Practising good governance

  • Your compliance obligations

  • Employing people

  • Complex contracting

  • Joint ventures

  • Mergers

  • Resolving disputes

Social Enterprise
  • Finding the best legal structures

  • Understanding your funding sources

  • Raising equity or debt

  • Developing a great board

  • Employing people

  • Protecting your IP

  • Complex contracting

  • Joint ventures

  • Resolving disputes

Outsourced Administration services 
  • bookkeeping

  • bank accounts

  • employment contracts

  • payroll

  • insurances

  • business registrations 

  • BAS statements

  • invoicing

We achieve this working remotely guaranteeing that you get efficient results that let you focus on the cause you are pursuing.

Planning for Generosity 
  • Finding the best Philanthropic structure 

  • All aspects of estate planning

  • Drafting effective wills

  • Wise powers of attorney 

  • Future financial needs 

  • Connecting with others who are learning generosity


About Platform Legal's Principal Solicitor 

John Altmann

John is a commercial and charity law solicitor who is also an ordained Anglican minister, experienced board director, founder of a number of social enterprises and keen philanthropist.

He graduated in Law and Arts from Melbourne University in 1986 and worked in a large commercial legal firm and then as legal advisor to the Victorian Equal Opportunity Commission. He studied theology at Ridley College Melbourne in the early 1990’s and spent 15 years working for three different Melbourne Anglican churches. He started a charitable foundation in 2001 which he worked for between 2009-2013 creating social enterprises to help alleviate poverty in Tanzania.


In 2013 he returned to full-time legal practice with a vision of helping others to plan for generosity. He is passionate about innovative social and charitable enterprises and helping founders develop their organisations.


He is married to Cathy who is an English teacher and poet and has two (very nearly) grown up children and two small dogs who love taking him walking around the local creek lands.

Platform Legal's Core Values 

We are generous with our time. 

We care about you achieving great results. 

We listen well.  

We love passion, innovation and generosity. 


Client Testimonials

Derek Bradshaw 
Community Leader, Now and Not Yet Cafe Warrandyte 

John's expertise has been invaluable in working out the best legal structures for our activities. He's helped us navigate the complexities of charities' regulation. He's always willing to take a call or to grab a coffee and to give us some initial legal and governance help. Now and Not Yet and I are very grateful for his ongoing advice. 

Michelle Kerr 
Country manager Australia, Global sales and Marketing, This is Eden. 

We feel totally supported and encouraged by John. We engaged him to work with us on registering with the ACNC as a new charity. He understood our organisation and goals quickly. He has offered us expert advice in accessible ways. He always responds with kindness, calmness and openness. 


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