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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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