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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Riaan Piek

26th March 2018

Introducing Riaan Piek, Litigation Counsel, who recently joined the firm to bolster Fletcher Law’s expanding litigation capacity with his 20 years’ experience as a lawyer advising on risk and the prevention, minimisation, control, balance and management of its consequences. Whilst Riaan has been a commercial litigator for most of his professional life, he has a... read more

Conducting business as a partnership

23rd March 2018

What is a partnership? A partnership is the relationship which exists between “persons” (see below) who carry on a business in common with a view to profit. In Western Australia, partnerships are governed by the Partnership Act 1895. There are two types of partnerships, “general” and “limited”. A general partnership is one in which all... read more

I just want to get paid!

20th March 2018

Fletcher Law receives a substantial number of enquiries from subcontractors, in the construction industry, about delayed or non-payment for works completed on construction projects. This is at a time when news about construction companies running into financial problems, leaving unpaid subcontractors in precarious positions, is all too common. The delayed payment or non-payment of accounts... read more