Author: Glenn Ferguson

31 March 2020

Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB) changes in response to global pandemic

The Commonwealth Government has moved quickly it would seem to stop foreign nationals buying up Australian assets at bargain basement prices in the current crisis. The threshold for any foreign investment from Sunday 29 March 2020 is now $0. The Treasurer announced that all proposed foreign investments into Australia subject to the Foreign Acquisitions and Takeovers […]

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30 March 2020

Setting up, buying or selling a business in Queensland

Embarking into the world of business requires careful planning and an understanding of your legal and financial obligations. There are several ways of entering into business. You can buy an existing business, buy the shareholding in an existing corporate business, buy a franchise or set a business up from scratch. On the other side of […]

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23 March 2020

Warranties and Refunds – what a business needs to know

In Australia a consumer is protected when they purchase any goods and services by the Trade Practices Act 1974 (Act). A consumer is a person or corporation who acquires: goods or services normally meant for personal or household purposes any other type of goods or services costing less than $40,000 a commercial road vehicle or […]

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19 March 2020

Employer obligations to employees in the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

Employers all over the country are struggling with how to look after and manage their workforce and employees. There is no doubt we are in unprecedented times not just here in Australia but across the globe. Employers and businesses are facing significant workplace health and safety, logistic, supply chain and financial issues and pressures. An […]

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17 March 2020

Force majeure and frustration in commercial contracts and coronavirus (covid-19)

In these increasingly uncertain times, both in Australia and globally with Coronavirus (COVID-19) the terms Force Majeure and Frustration is increasingly being discussed in the context of commercial contracts. What is Force Majeure? This is commonly known as the ‘Act of God’ clause. In very simple terms it is an event beyond the control of […]

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26 November 2019

What are your legal rights when your land or property is being resumed through Compulsory Acquisition?

Why would my land be resumed? With the many major infrastructure projects (such as construction of new roads and busways) currently being undertaken across Queensland, many landowners are having part, or all of their property resumed/acquired by an authority to make way for the infrastructure. This process is known as Compulsory Acquisition. Compulsory acquisition occurs […]

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18 November 2019

Is a charity or not-for-profit organisation required to have a Whistleblower policy?

From 1 January 2020 charities and not-for-profits structured as public companies (including companies limited by guarantee) and large proprietary companies must have a whistleblower policy unless they have an annual consolidated revenue of less than $1 million. There is an obligation to make the policy available to all employees and office holders of the company. […]

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12 November 2019

Cross River Rail – Resumption of land and properties. What am I legally entitled to claim in compensation?

The Cross River Rail is one of the largest infrastructure projects to be undertaken in South East Queensland. The Project team have stated, “It is a critical public transport infrastructure project which will improve quality of life, help our economy keep growing, generate thousands of jobs, and activate urban development across the whole region.” As […]

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23 September 2019

What is a Restraint Clause?

Business owners put a lot of hard work and effort into building their business. It is important to protect your commercial information and intellectual property. What do you do when an employee leaves to work for a competitor? Firstly, it is very important to have a well drafted employment agreement in place which contains strong […]

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16 September 2019

What can I do if I am in dispute with my franchisee?

We are seeing more and more high-profile disputes with some of Australia’s leading franchises as franchisees work together to challenge the imbalance of power often between the franchisee and the franchisor. High profile cases like Mortgage Choice, Retail Food Group, Ultra Tune, Nando’s and 7-Eleven have shed light on the fact that all is not […]

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