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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Municipal Mysteries of Town Planning Law

8th August 2019

“He reached Chesham Square and made diagonally for No. 10 (which was) between two houses, of which one, rationally enough, bore the number 9 and the other was numbered 37: but the fact that this last belonged to Porthill Street was proclaimed by an inscription placed by whatever highly efficient authority is charged with the... read more

Diary of a Commercial Lawyer Part 2 – The Psychology of the Non-Compliant Taxpayer

15th January 2019

“His depression did not lift, it simply moved to one side a little” – Mervyn Peake – The Gormenghast Trilogy The woman was a self-employed tradesperson in her late 50’s.  She had always lodged her income tax returns and her quarterly business activity statements and income activity statements.  She had always paid superannuation contribution for... read more

Diary of a Commercial Lawyer Part 1 – The Pitfalls of Oral Contracts

7th November 2018

Reflecting on some 35 years of experience as a commercial lawyer, one thing in particular stands out: variety.  The extraordinary scope of the issues presented by clients to resolve. Apart from the fact there is nothing better than variety to keep your daily job interesting, 35 years of variables presented to you to deal with... read more