October 17, 2017

Trademarks and Registering

What is a trademark and why should I register mine? Everyday, wherever we go or whatever we’re doing, we are surrounded by trademarks. We’re so used to seeing them and decoding them that we’re often not aware we’re doing it. Human beings have evolved to read important information from imagery […]
September 4, 2017

Shareholders’ agreement

Shareholders’ agreement Why do I need a shareholders’ agreement? When you’re starting up a new company, the sheer number of things to do and to consider can be overwhelming, and may push the need for a shareholders’ agreement to the back of your mind. Although it is not legally required, […]
September 4, 2017

What do I put in a shareholders’ agreement?

What do I put in a shareholders’ agreement? A shareholder’s agreement is a valuable contract to set up when a new company is formed as it provides stability, transparency and ensures the company runs smoothly. Most people find the process of creating a shareholders’ agreement a rewarding and valuable one, […]
August 9, 2017

Creditor Statutory Demand

Creditor Statutory Demand I’ve been served with a creditor statutory demand. What do I do? Being served with a creditor statutory demand is serious and can be a stressful and complicated process. If you’re a small or start-up business, you may not have the contacts or experience to know what […]
August 9, 2017

Statement of Claim

Statement of Claim I’ve been served with a statement of claim. What do I do? As a business owner, being served with a statement of claim can be a challenging and stressful experience, and not everyone knows what to do. A statement of claim is a formal document sent to […]
July 15, 2017
Small business legal tips

5 Legal Tips For The New Financial Year

5 legal tips for the new financial year: Review your business terms and conditions. Throughout the year, a business’s systems and processes may change, and typically businesses review and increase their prices each financial year. It is therefore important to review terms and conditions to ensure they are accurate and […]
June 14, 2017

Can I recover legal costs as part of debt recovery?

Can I recover legal costs as part of debt recovery? Operating a small to medium-sized business can be highly rewarding both personally and professionally. However, it also has potential to present some challenging situations, especially when a debtor is unable or unwilling to pay money for products or services provided. […]
June 14, 2017

How to Recover Debt

How to Recover Debt Recovering money owed to you by a business or individual can be frustrating and disheartening, and ultimately prevents you from conducting your day-to-day business activities. However, there are options to help you recover debt. Assuming you’ve made every reasonable effort to recover your debt by communicating […]
May 12, 2017

Budget Snapshot for 2017

Lawbase Budget Snapshot for 2017 The Federal Budget has been handed down for 2017 and there’s mainly good news for Australia’s small to medium businesses. This sector is often referred to as the backbone of Australia’s economy and is a huge source of GDP, tax revenue and employment. Small to […]
April 13, 2017

Using the ® and ™ Symbols in Australia

Using the ® and ™ Symbols in Australia In Australia, there are two important symbols used to identify trade marks.  It is important to know when, why and how to use them correctly. When? The ™ symbol is used with unregistered marks, when a business intends to claim a trade […]
April 13, 2017

The Difference Between a Business Name and a Trade Mark

The Difference Between a Business Name and a Trade Mark Contrary to what many people think, registering a business name does not give you the exclusive right to use that name, and stop others from using the same or similar name. To have an exclusive right to use a name, […]
March 17, 2017

Starting a business checklist

Starting a business checklist Starting your own business can be an exciting but daunting time.  Our starting a business checklist will guide you through important steps to ensure you get off on the right foot. Develop your business plan Develop your marketing plan Develop an exit strategy Decide on your […]