Structures

We have expertise in advising on the appropriate business structure for clients and in the transfer of assets from one structure to another. If you need assistance with establishing a business structure or you require advice about reviewing your existing business structure, we can help. Every business is unique and has its own particular needs…

Lux case: consumer law and unconscionable conduct

In the recent case of Australian Competition and Consumer Commission v Lux Distributors Pty Ltd [2013] FCAFC 90 (Lux), the Federal Court provides valuable guidance on the meaning of unconscionable conduct under the Australian Consumer Law. This decision has been hailed as a “significant decision” by ACCC Chairman, Rod Sims, and is likely to have…

PPSA Equipment “Minefield”

PPSA: EQUIPMENT “MINEFIELD” FOR OWNERS/LESSORS Ben McPherson – October 2013 1. What is the PPSA? The Personal Property Securities Act 2009 (Cth) (PPSA), commenced on 30 January 2012. The PPSA establishes a new regime for the creation, priority and enforcement of security interests in personal property. Personal property is broadly defined as any form of…

Fremantle triathlon

Early on Sunday 30 March 2014 Paul, Alex and Ben competed in the 25th annual Skilled Corporate Triathlon in Fremantle.  To avoid pain and injury they chose the path of least resistance – the “tri-it” event (one leg each).  Alex floated his way through the chop, Paul claims he rode solidly and Ben dawdled swiftly to the South Mole and back.  Paul and…

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To send or not to send

16th October 2017

Direct Marketing under Australian Privacy and Spamming Laws Before you hit send on that commercial electronic message (including, amongst others, emails and SMS messages) (“CEM”) you should be aware of the application of Australian privacy and spam laws. Finding electronic addresses online or purchasing a list from a business to business list supplier (“B2B List... read more

Employers caught by own policies

14th September 2017

Businesses, particularly large ones, often develop internal policies concerning the employment of their employees. These policies deal with a wide range of matters including the use of motor vehicles, drugs and alcohol, conflicts of interest, IT and social media, confidentiality and intellectual property, dress codes, bullying, harassment and anti-discrimination, redundancy entitlements and eligibility for share... read more

Caveats

17th July 2017

What is a caveat? A caveat is a notice recorded on a title to land to protect an interest that affects that title.  The caveat forbids registration of any further interests that may affect the interest recorded in the caveat without the consent of the caveator (the person who lodges the caveat). Each state and... read more