February 20, 2018

Why you should read online terms and conditions

Why you should read online terms and conditions The rapid pace at which technology is progressing means more of us are ‘transacting’ in a global environment. International online contracts are common place for businesses and consumers – whether we are purchasing fashion accessories through online retail outlets, subscribing to industry-specific […]
January 1, 2018

Protecting your cashflow – the importance of your terms of trade

Protecting your cashflow – the importance of your terms of trade Terms of Trade are the terms and conditions on which a business sells goods and services to customers and on which they buy goods and services from suppliers. These terms form the basis for the trading relationships for all […]
January 1, 2018

Extension of the unfair contracts regime to small businesses

Extension of the unfair contracts regime to small businesses The Federal Government has enacted legislation extending the unfair contract term protections of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth) and the Australian Securities and Investments Commission Act 2001 (Cth) to the small business sector. Under the new laws, a Court is […]
January 1, 2018

Time to review your credit card charges

Time to review your credit card charges Under the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth) businesses may be fined for excessive credit and debit card payment surcharges. A payment surcharge is defined as: an amount charged, in addition to the price of goods or services, for processing payment for the goods […]
November 28, 2017

Legal issues with images on social media

Legal issues with images on social media We now live in an age dominated by social media. Posting images on social media platforms is an effective and increasingly popular way to share, connect and do business. It’s tempting to be lulled into a false sense of security when posting images […]
November 13, 2017

Debt collection basics for business

Debt collection basics for business If you are owed money for goods or services, the first step in attempting to recover it is generally to send a letter of demand to the other party setting out the amount of money outstanding and giving them a defined period of time within […]
November 13, 2017

Does your privacy policy comply with the privacy laws?

Does your privacy policy comply with the privacy laws? Privacy laws in Australia were updated in 2014 with the introduction of the Australian Privacy Principles, a new set of privacy principles affecting the handling of personal information. If you have a website privacy policy you should review it for compliance […]
November 10, 2017

Breaching copyright using social media

Breaching copyright using social media The media has often reported that Foxtel was threatening to sue customers for the unauthorised ‘live streaming’ of much-anticipated boxing matches like the fight between veterans Danny Green and Anthony Mundine or Jeff Horn and Manny Pacquiao. The illegal copyright act involved the video streaming […]
October 20, 2017

Important things to consider when buying a business

Important things to consider when buying a business If you are considering buying a business there are many things you need to do from a legal, financial and general business perspective.  Getting the right advice from the start is important. The structure of, and issues involved in, the sale are […]
October 19, 2017

Understanding a Commercial Lease

Understanding a Commercial Lease When renting business related property, it is important for both landlords and tenants to understand the relationship they are entering into and the rights and obligations that they each have, the document that governs this relationship is usually a commercial lease. So, what is a Commercial […]
October 19, 2017

Are you a director of an insolvent company?

Are you a director of an insolvent company? During difficult economic conditions it is important that all directors revisit their duties as directors and are aware of how the board should deal with the situation where a company is in financial difficulty and may be insolvent.   What is insolvency? […]
October 17, 2017

Selecting a trademark class

How to select a trademark class So, you’re ready to register your trademark? You’ve made the right decision. The decision to protect your brand and all the hard work you’ve put into your business – now and in the future. One of the most crucial steps in the registration process […]