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8 October 2019

How good is your word – Sebastian v Day

Most people know that contracts can be anything from a formal written agreement to a verbal promise, or a combination of both. They may also be familiar with the phrase “you are only as good as your word”. People often make handshake-deals with close friends or family due to the trust fostered within those relationships […]

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1 October 2019

Genuine Redundancy – A reminder to consult

In the midst of economic downturns or poor financial performance, employers are often faced with the difficult decision to restructure their business, or streamline/automate some of their processes to remain competitive. Sometimes employers are left with no other option but to make some of their hard-working employees redundant. However, employers should be wary of their […]

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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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12 September 2019

Should I file a trade mark if I have been using it for years?

Trade marks are everywhere in our world and any business needs to understand how to protect their intellectual property just as much locally as globally. It has often been said that a trade mark can be your most important and valuable tool to market your business, your goods or services. Trade marks can be misunderstood. […]

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3 September 2019

Which state or jurisdiction governs Long Service Leave?

In most states or territories, if you have been working for an employer for more than 7 years of continuous service you are entitled to Long Service Leave (LSL) paid pro-rata, or full pay after 10 years of continuous service. Entitlements to LSL derives from the relevant laws of each state or territory under the […]

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26 August 2019

New ‘lemon laws’ to protect buyers take effect from 1 September

On 1 September 2019, the Palaszczuk Governments new ‘lemon laws’ take effect with aim of specifically targeting defective cars that can’t be repaired to a customer’s satisfaction and to re-introduce a 30-day/1000km warranties for people buying a vehicle that is more than 10 years old, or which has 160,000km or more on the odometer. The […]

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18 June 2019

Defamation and Bodies Corporate – Can I sue for disclosure of my lot’s financial position?

Is your lot in arrears and therefore “un-financial” at the time of a general meeting, and did your body corporate manager disclose this information to other members? If you believe your body corporate manager has defamed you by disclosing your lot’s financial position during a general meeting, there are a few factors to take into […]

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7 June 2019

Shareholders Agreements – What are they?

One of the most important documents that a company should have is a shareholders agreement. It will outline in detail how the company should be operated and outlines all shareholders’ rights and obligations. Whilst the Corporations Act 2001 and a company constitution provide a range of safeguards, obligations and procedural matters relating to how shareholders […]

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3 June 2019

National Domestic Violence Order Scheme

Domestic violence is a growing concern in today’s society. Prior to 25 November 2017, a Domestic Violence Order (DVO) was only enforceable in the state or territory in which it was issued or registered. The resulting problem was that if victims moved interstate or to a territory, they would have to seek a DVO in […]

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