COVID-19 and Leveraged Businesses

This article examines the implications of the novel coronavirus for Australian businesses at particular risk due to high debt, and the free movement of consumers and goods.  Steps can be taken to minimise damage to your business, including seeking leniency from creditors with a view to avoiding voluntary administration or liquidation.   The easy flow of…

Coronavirus and Commercial Contracts

The novel coronavirus / COVID-19 pandemic continues to cause mass disruption across the globe, with the extent of the damage yet to be understood.  It has led to businesses examining their business models, cutting expenses and re-negotiating contractual relationships.  It is hoped that, in this time, people and entities try to work together for general…

Coronavirus: Legal Implications for Business

“May you live in interesting times”.  The well-known apocryphal expression could hardly be more apt to describe the start of the 2020s.  The implications for business in the midst of this uncertainty are numerous.  This article, whilst not constituting legal advice, considers how to mitigate risk in the short term from a legal standpoint. As…

Restraints of Trade

A contract can be in restraint of trade if one party (“the covenantor”) agrees with another party (“the covenantee”) to restrict the covenantor’s liberty in the future to carry on trade with other persons not party to the contract. The most common restraints of trade are: “non-solicitation” clauses preventing a covenantor from soliciting, or accepting, work from clients of…

Control those climate children

The September school climate strike in Perth was a good one. On a clear sunny day, Forrest Chase was packed with some 12,000 people.  Waving placards, learning chants, and generally sharing in an upswelling of community, protest and healthy low-fi anger. There was talk of needing action on climate justice.  Transitioning to renewables.  Supporting workers…

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