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What if ASIC come knocking?

There seems to be much uncertainty about why and when the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) might come knocking. This article is not intended to provide an exhaustive overview…

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What is your reputation worth?

An increasing number of businesses and persons in Australia, including many of our clients, are the subject of allegations being published in the mainstream media, or on social media, that…

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What is transfer duty when purchasing property?

When property is purchased or transferred, transfer duty (formerly known as stamp duty), is usually payable. Duty is a state tax, payable to the Queensland Revenue Office. In Queensland, transfer…

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What documentation do I need to start my own business?

One of the most common questions I get asked by clients when starting a business is what documentation do I need? There is no one answer that fits all the…

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Employment Update – No Jab, No Job

From 17 December 2021, or when 80% of Queenslanders (16+) have been fully vaccinated (whichever comes first), unvaccinated Queenslanders will not be able to: visit vulnerable settings (hospitals, residential aged…

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Do I need a Director Identification Number? – yes, you do

The Australian Government has introduced a new regime for Directors of Australian companies. The legislative package introduced two things which will change how Australian companies operate: A new National Business…

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Sexual Harassment in the workplace

From 11 November 2021, eligible workers can make an application to the Fair Work Commission (FWC) seeking an order to stop sexual harassment if they believe they have been sexually…

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What is a release of mortgage?

Whoever lends a buyer or property owner money will usually secure the loan with a mortgage registered on the title. This is mainly to ensure that the mortgagee is paid…

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Buying a business – asset or share sale?

In 30 years of practice, I have acted for thousands of clients when buying or selling their businesses. One of the first questions I get asked apart from whether I…

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Charges and the Personal Property Securities Register

A charge is granted by a company (chargor) to the lender (chargee) to secure the payment of a debt or an obligation over the personal property of a company. A…

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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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