New website

After much hard work (and patience) from Clever Starfish and everyone at the firm, we recently launched our new website.  We think it does a great job of showing our people and services.  Thanks Starfish.

Proposed reform of the Franchising Code of Conduct

April 2014 Background The Franchising Code of Conduct (Code) is a mandatory code that is prescribed under the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 for the purpose of the conduct of franchisors and franchisees, largely by requiring franchisors to disclose specific facts to franchisees and to follow set procedures in their dealings with franchisees. The Australian…

Tax Avoidance – New Part IVA Rules

Bushra Tariq – July 2013 New anti-avoidance rules came into operation on 29 June 2013 and are applicable in relation to tax arrangements that commenced on or after 16 November 2012, being the date on which the draft legislation was released for public comment. The general anti-avoidance provisions contained in Part IVA of the Income…

Employee or Contractor? Know the difference

Ben McPherson – October 2013 Determining whether a worker is an employee or contractor can be a difficult task. However, the distinction is critical. The law treats each relationship differently and if business owners get it wrong the consequences can be expensive. The incorrect classification of workers can (and has) led to unfair dismissal claims,…

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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