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30 October 2012

What is trademarking and why trade mark?

Clients often make the mistake of thinking their registered Business Name or Company Name gives them the exclusive right to use that name in the marketplace. The truth is that whilst your registered Business Name or Company Name will protect your interests in that name to an extent, a registered trade mark will offer a […]

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23 October 2012

Is Your Business Above The Benchmark?

Business Benchmarking Many small business owners may not be aware of a tool used by the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) known as benchmarking. Benchmarking involves developing financial ratios from historical tax return information. The ratios can be used by businesses and the ATO to compare a business’ performance to the rest of their industry. If […]

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12 October 2012

Circulating Resolutions

I have recently been asked to advise what the alternatives are when dealing with a general meeting of shareholders/members of a private company. If you are considering calling a general meeting of members of your company, consideration must firstly be given to the company’s constitution and other governing documents. Other governing documents may include, for […]

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5 October 2012

Are you a Director wanting to rise from the ashes?

If a company is having difficulty paying its employees, creditors or taxation liabilities, the directors may believe that one way out of the situation is to liquidate the company and commence trading under a new entity controlled by the same person or group, but free of debts. A company seeking to avoid payment of its […]

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3 October 2012

What is Repudiation of a Contract?

I have had a number of clients recently approach me in relation to contractual disputes. Often we need to consider whether repudiation has taken place. Repudiation of a contract occurs where one party renounces his or her obligations under a contract. The principle revolves around the concept that parties should be ready, willing and able […]

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28 June 2012

Protect your smart idea

In difficult financial climates, the businesses that flourish are those that are not afraid to diversify the products or services that they offer to their clients or customers. Whether it is offering a new product to target a lower income segment of the market, or a Smartphone App to allow clients to access services remotely, […]

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30 May 2012

Is your social media policy strong enough?

I recently read the case of Glen Stutsel v Linfox Australia Pty Ltd [2011] FWA 8444 which got me thinking of all the points my clients have to consider before they dismiss an employee for an “online offense”. Glen Stutsel was dismissed on the grounds of serious misconduct when he made comments about his employers […]

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21 May 2012

Is an agreement to lease binding?

An important case to decide whether a Letter of Intention to Lease was a binding legal document was heard in the Brisbane District Court on 30 April 2012. The key consideration was whether the letter was a binding legal document or simply an application to lease to enable the Landlord to assess the Tenant’s “lease-worthy […]

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17 May 2012

Business Legislation Update 2012

I recently was invited to the Sunshine Coast Business Expo as a speaker across the two days of this yearly event. One of the presentations I gave was a Business Legislation Update for the year ahead in 2012. I have uploaded a Power Point presentation for you to read through which contains these topics including: […]

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9 May 2012

The National Business Names Register

The new National Business Names Register will commence on 28 May 2012 under the administration of the Australian Securities and Investment Commission (“ASIC”). Here is how it will affect your business: 1. A National System If your business name is currently registered in multiple States, it will now be registered nationally, and you will only need […]

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