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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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

The SAT – reluctant interstate traveller

7th September 2018

Since its inauguration in 2005, the jurisdiction of the State Administrative Tribunal in Western Australia (SAT) has expanded exponentially to include more than 154 pieces of statutory legislation. The appeal of the SAT as a less complex, more informal, less procedurally stringent and expedited manner of dispute resolution has gained momentum and traction among the... read more