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Commercial landlords and tenants – pay attention to your lease

Most landlords and tenants get along pretty well. Tenants want to get on with making a living without having to fight the landlord about repairs or rent reviews. Landlords want…

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Self-managed super funds (SMSF) and purchasing property

Self-managed super funds (SMSF) are part of the investment landscape in Australia. Statistics indicate that there are nearly 600,000 SMSFs in Australia with a total of around 1.1 million members. They…

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Can I terminate my off the plan contract in Queensland?

What is an off the plan contract? In simple terms an off the plan contract relates to the purchase of a property before the construction has been completed and the…

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Put and call options and their role in property transactions

Whilst we usually associate put and call options with property developers, they are becoming very much more mainstream. They can be an invaluable tool when negotiating with a seller but…

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The new franchising code – beware of the changes

There are changes afoot in the franchising industry and they will have a significant impact on the relationship between franchisor and franchisee. There is no doubt that recent well publicised…

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The collection and use of native biological material from the land or water in Queensland

Queensland is one of the most diverse land and sea masses in the world. There are 13 terrestrial and 14 marine bioregions. These bioregions support ecosystems including rainforests, savannas, rangelands,…

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Instagram Defamation and Social Media Law

The various social media platforms have taken over our lives in many ways. Some beneficial and some negative. With technology at our fingertips and easily accessible, the temptation of posting something…

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Conflict of interest of a director in the Not-for-profit sector

Having worked with and served as a director and Chair for Not-for-profit boards in a range of sectors including charities, professional associations and sporting clubs and organisations for over 30…

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Australian defamation law – a new era

Australian defamation law is being overhauled. In Queensland, the Defamation (Model Provisions) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2021 and in New South Wales the Defamation Amendment Bill 2020 have been…

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Buying a business – what about the lease?

One of the most important aspects when buying a business is to ensure that the premises from which it operates is secured going forward. The first consideration is to ascertain…

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Creditors statutory demand – increased to $4,000

From 1 July 2021 the threshold for issuing a Creditors Statutory Demand (CSD) has been increased from $2,000.00 to $4,000.00. The Corporations Amendment (Statutory Minimum) Regulations 2021 (Cth) has been…

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Google business reviews and defamation

In this connected world, businesses rely now more than ever on various social media reviews and Google business reviews that play an important part of many businesses marketing plans. A…

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