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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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25 March 2020

Commercial Lease obligations in a pandemic

To say that commercial landlords and tenants are facing challenging times is an understatement! The effects of the novel coronavirus COVID-19 are pushing countless businesses to the limit. The lease relationship is crucial to the businesses and finances of both landlords and tenants, and the lease document is at the centre of this. The age-old […]

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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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12 February 2020

Restaurant Employees – Are you being served the wrong wage?

Over the past few years the restaurant industry has been shaken by the revelations of underpaid staff by high-end restaurants such as Dinner by Heston and those belonging to George Calombaris’s empire. In 2019, George Calombaris’s MAdE Establishment back paid $7.8 million in wages and superannuation after underpaying 500 current and former employees, whilst more […]

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17 January 2020

Australian Financial Complaints Authority (AFCA) – What is it?

On November 1, 2018 the Australian Financial Complaints Authority, or AFCA, commenced to receive complaints from consumers and small business. What is the Australian Financial Complaints Authority (‘AFCA’)? AFCA is not a government department or agency and is not a regulator of the financial services industry. AFCA are a not-for-profit company, limited by guarantee that is governed by a […]

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3 December 2019

Costly false accusations – Wagner & Ors v Nine Network Australia & Ors

(📸 By Timothy – Flickr: Lake Annand 2, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=12650243) On 6 September 2019 in the Supreme Court of Queensland, under the direction of Justice Applegarth, a jury found that Nine Network Australia & Ors (“Nine”) defamed Toowoomba’s Wagner brothers in a 60 Minutes report on 24 May 2015 about the Grantham floods […]

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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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21 November 2019

Commercial Disputes – Arbitration, Mediation or Litigation?

What are your options should you find yourself in a dispute with: your landlord or body corporate over the conditions of your office suite or real property; or a customer or contractor about the meaning and implications of ambiguous terms in a contract; or a business partner over distribution efforts and rewards; or a former […]

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