Involved in an online business – are you aware of your obligations?

Online businesses are subject to a comprehensive legal framework. Key factors that all businesses should consider when selling goods and services online include: Be aware of your consumer law obligations. Broadly, laws which apply to face to face dealings equally apply to online transactions. There are numerous rules which apply to the marketing of your…

Innovation focus results in a win for startups

“Right now in Australia, start-ups and small businesses can’t actively access retail investors due to significant upfront and ongoing compliance costs and red tape” This was the statement made by Small Business Minister Kelly O’Dwyer in announcing proposed changes to rules around equity crowd funding. At present, equity crowd funding in Australia is limited to “wholesale…

Changes impacting foreign buyers

Involved in a transaction involving the sale of property to a foreign buyer? If you are, please note that the days of no cost applications to Australia’s Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB) are gone.  From 1 December 2015, the following fees apply when seeking FIRB transaction approval: Residential property valued under AUD1 million: fee of…

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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

Online Defamation – Be Careful of What You Post!

11th July 2017

Over the past decade or so there has been a sharp increase in the use of social media by both individuals and businesses.  Social media can be a useful promotional tool.  There are many benefits, in a commercial sense, associated with the use of social media outlets, particularly because of the ease with which you... read more