May 4, 2021

Does bullying exist in your boardroom?

Does bullying exist in your boardroom? Boardrooms are often the place of heated debate over a range of matters affecting the operations of an organisation. Vigorous discussion that airs all possibilities can sometimes be beneficial (and necessary) when making critical decisions which will ultimately determine the future direction of a […]
April 1, 2021
Is one director's signature sufficient in an agreement

Is one director’s signature sufficient in an agreement?

Is one director’s signature sufficient in an agreement? The valid execution of a document is usually critical to its enforceability. Whether one director’s signature is sufficient to validate an agreement turns on the company’s constitution and statutory provisions regarding the exercise of company powers and the proper execution of documents. […]
February 23, 2021

Copyright essentials

Copyright essentials Copyright provides creators like artists and writers with legal ownership of the work they produce. This means they have some control over the work they create and allows them to make a living from their efforts. In this way, copyright provides an incentive to encourage the production of […]
February 23, 2021
How to step up a company in Australia

How to set up a company in Australia

How to set up a company in Australia Embarking on a new business venture can be an exciting time. The structure you use to run your business will depend on its proposed size and activities, your family and financial circumstances and the risks involved. Getting legal advice from the start […]
February 23, 2021
Information about dress codes for employers

Got a dress code? What if your receptionist gets a neck tattoo?

Got a dress code? What if your receptionist gets a neck tattoo? It’s fair to say that ‘self-expression’ through body art such as tattooing and facial piercings is on the increase. But is it fair that employers can have policies regarding appearance that ban visible tattoos or facial piercings or […]
September 24, 2020

What happens to employee entitlements when a business is sold?

What happens to employee entitlements when a business is sold? There is much to consider when buying or selling a business. Of significant importance is, what happens to the employees of the enterprise once it is sold? The sale of a business can be a curious time for existing employees […]
March 20, 2020
Can company directors divert business opportunities

Can company directors divert business opportunities?

Can company directors divert business opportunities? A director’s position in a company is one of power and trust. As a consequence, a director has a duty to act in good faith and in the best interests of the company. A director’s obligations are determined by statute under the Corporations Act […]
February 20, 2020
Privacy Act update - mandatory notifiable data breaches

Privacy Act update – mandatory notifiable data breaches

Privacy Act update – mandatory notifiable data breaches The Privacy Amendment (Notifiable Data Breaches) Act 2017 (Cth) introduced a Notifiable Data Breaches scheme in Australia which commenced in 2018. The reforms aim to strengthen Australia’s privacy laws by requiring entities subject to existing obligations under the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) […]
February 20, 2020
You have a judgment in your favour

You have a judgment debt in your favour – now what?

You have a judgment debt in your favour – now what? If you have obtained a judgment from a Court or Tribunal in your favour with respect to a debt owed to you, you are known as a judgment creditor. The person or business who owes the debt is known […]
February 20, 2020

Beware: informal negotiations can create binding agreements

Beware: informal negotiations can create binding agreements A lease is a legally binding contract that gives you certain rights to a property for a set term. A written commercial lease is used when leasing property used primarily for a business. You should never sign a lease without understanding all of […]
January 20, 2020

A Franchisor must get forecasting right

A Franchisor must get forecasting right Since the early 1970’s buying and operating a franchise has been an increasingly popular way for many individuals to own and operate their own business.   Franchising Code of Conduct Under Australian Law all Franchisors and Franchisees are now required to comply with the […]
September 2, 2019

Insolvency and the right to terminate contracts

Insolvency and the right to terminate contracts Reforms to insolvency laws which commenced on 1 July 2018 prevent contracting parties from relying on certain termination clauses in commercial contracts. The ipso facto regime aims to give companies facing financial difficulties an opportunity to trade their way out of their predicament […]