Ben’s challenge

Fletcher Law Associate, Ben McPherson, along with a number of other Australian (or in this case Kiwi) men, including some at least mid-grade celebrities, has signed up for the Man Challenge. The Man Challenge is a 10 week online health and fitness program for men who need some gentle guidance and motivation to fit in…

Landlords beware! Lease security deposit and the PPSA

Property leases commonly include provisions that require the tenant to provide some form of security deposit or bond (Security Deposit).  The Security Deposit (being “personal property” under the under the Personal Property Securities Act 2009 (Cth) (PPSA)) is used to secure performance of the tenant’s obligations under the lease. This creates a “security interest” for…

Changes to laws governing incorporated associations

Western Australian incorporated associations will be subject to new laws from 1 July 2016. The new laws aim to provide incorporated associations with a clearer framework in which to operate. A notable change will be the introduction of a three tier structure for annual reporting and assurance obligations based on the size of the incorporated…

New protection for small business when dealing with “The Big End of Town”

Small businesses can be particularly exposed to unfair contractual terms when dealing with the big end of town. New laws offering protection to small businesses against unfair contract terms will come into force on 12 November 2016. The proposed laws will deem unfair contractual terms to be void if, at the time of entering into a “standard…

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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