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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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