September 24, 2020

When is a loan payable on demand?

When is a loan payable on demand? Many of us have helped a family member or friend before by providing an interest-free loan. Although the loan is not intended to be a gift, the details may not have been formalised and there may be no stipulation as to when and […]
September 24, 2020

How to keep your legal costs down – our top tips

How to keep your legal costs down – our top tips If your business is involved in a commercial dispute, your biggest concerns are likely to be the financial losses that your organisation and its officers could suffer, and the size of your legal bill. Commercial disputes can be disruptive, […]
June 30, 2020

Anti-Phoenixing Laws and Director Penalty Notices

Anti-Phoenixing Laws and Director Penalty Notices Important Updates for Directors Company directors should note new laws increasing their exposure to personal liability for certain debts and creating new criminal offences and civil penalties under the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth). The Treasury Laws Amendment (Combating Illegal Phoenixing) Act 2020, as the […]
June 30, 2020

COVID-19 Important updates for financially distressed businesses

COVID-19 Important updates for financially distressed businesses This material is general in nature and incorporates information regarding proposed or pending legislative changes to address the potential economic and other impacts of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. On 22 March 2020, the Australian Federal Government delivered its second response to the economic […]
June 30, 2020

You said what? All about defamation claims

You said what?  All about defamation claims ‘He said’, ‘she said’, ‘they said’. Defamation cases can attract a lot of attention in the media, particularly when they involve well-known celebrities like Rebel Wilson or Geoffrey Rush. Defamation cases, however, are not exclusive to those with a high profile. Use of […]
November 6, 2019

Can an employee’s knowledge be attributed to the company?

Can an employee’s knowledge be attributed to the company? Commonwealth Bank of Australia v Kojic [2016] FCAFC 186 considered whether the conduct of two bank employees could be ‘aggregated’ to bring a finding of unconscionable conduct on the part of the bank under the (previous) Trade Practices Act 1974. The […]
November 6, 2019

Disputes and the Australian Taxation Office

Disputes and the Australian Taxation Office Given the complexity of the taxation regime and the requirement for taxpayers to initially self-assess their liabilities, disputes between taxpayers and the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) will inevitably arise from time to time. If you disagree with a decision that the ATO has made […]
November 6, 2019

The risks in referring to unattached documents in an agreement

The risks in referring to unattached documents in an agreement It is not unheard of for parties to an agreement to refer, in the agreement itself, to additional documents. These additional documents are sometimes, although regrettably, not always annexed or attached to the actual agreement. In adopting this course of […]
July 31, 2019

Interview questions you can’t ask

Interview questions you can’t ask An employer’s potential liability for workplace discrimination arises before the first interview and exists whether or not a decision is made to hire a person. A job interview is integral to the recruitment process and provides an opportunity for the employer to ask questions, check […]
June 18, 2019

Social media and the workplace – employees take care

Social media and the workplace – employees take care We live in an age characterised by a rise in the use of social media – Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Snapchat and the like. With that rise has come a large increase in the number of cases involving employees making comments […]
June 18, 2019

Does your business have a Will?

Does your business have a Will? Most people recognise the importance of having a Will to determine how their estate is distributed when they pass. If you are self-employed, a partner or co-director, having a ‘Will’ or succession plan for your business is equally important. Think about what may happen […]
June 18, 2019

Everyone is talking about ‘corporate governance’…. But what does this actually mean?

Everyone is talking about ‘corporate governance’…. But what does this actually mean? In recent times the term ‘corporate governance’, and the increasingly popular ‘good corporate governance’, appear to be regular topics of discussion both in the media and the general population. These terms are routinely used when considering the actions […]