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A Franchise Agreement explained

Since the early 1970’s buying and operating a franchise business has become an increasingly popular way for many Australians to own and operate their own business. Initially franchising in Australia often involved a foreign parent company or ...

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Exercise of option to renew a commercial lease

Why it's important to get it right! Failure to correctly exercise an option to renew in a lease can have costly and detrimental effects for both landlords and tenants. An option to renew in a lease is a tenant's right to require the landl...

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Company directors and business opportunities

A director’s position in a company is one of power and trust. As a consequence, a director has a duty to act in good faith and in the best interests of the company. A director’s obligations are regulated by statute under the Corporatio...

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Termination by Electronic Media

The rise in the use of technology means the way we can communicate with each other in our personal and working lives has expanded, almost beyond belief. The ways in which termination of employment can occur have also expanded, but is it lawful to ...

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Parental leave – can I return to part time work?

Under the Fair Work Act 2009 (the Act), employees have a statutory entitlement to return to work and to their previous position after taking a period of parental leave. If the employee’s previous position no longer exists, the employee is en...

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Privacy Act Update

Introduction of mandatory notifiable data breaches The Privacy Amendment (Notifiable Data Breaches) Act 2017 (Cth) introduced a Notifiable Data Breaches scheme in Australia which commenced on 22 February 2018. The reforms aim to strengthen Austra...

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Commercial leases

A commercial lease is a legally binding contract that gives a tenant certain rights over a property for a set period of time subject to the terms and conditions set out in the lease. A commercial lease is used when leasing property used primarily f...

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A restraint of trade must be fair

Globalisation and technology has contributed to increased market competition and businesses are more determined than ever to protect their goodwill, trade secrets and customer connections. Including restraint of trade clauses in employment contract...

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Law change - Body Corporate debts

Some time ago we wrote an article relevant to the operation of bodies corporate, regarding recovery of contributions by lot owners. In BC for Mount Saint John Industrial Park CTS v Superior Stairs & Joinery Pty Ltd [2017] QDC 245 the Dist...

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Purchasing a commercial property-due diligence

Purchasing a commercial property can be a significant financial investment for a buyer. In order to protect his or her potential investment, a buyer should take steps to investigate the risks of acquiring a commercial property and how to reduce tho...

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Why your company needs a Shareholders Agreement

Starting a business requires careful planning and consideration. Failure to allow for unforeseen events or to provide a mechanism for resolution of future disagreements could put your new venture at considerable risk. The repercussions of failing ...

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Transfer of Body Corporate Management Rights

The devil is in the detail when it comes to body corporate management rights agreements, and it is essential that all parties carefully consider the terms of the specific agreements. Such agreements usually include contracts for the provision of c...

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Business structures - Partnership

When commencing a business venture, it is important to consider the most appropriate type of business structure to put in place. In Australia, there are 4 common business structures – sole trader, partnership, trust and company. Different bu...

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Retirement village - what to consider

A retirement village is a community-style residential development offering accommodation, facilities and services to people from retirement age onwards. There are many types of arrangements which should be carefully explored before making your mov...

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Time to review your credit card charges

Under the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth) businesses may be fined for excessive credit and debit card payment surcharges. A payment surcharge is defined as: an amount charged, in addition to the price of goods or services, for processin...

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Buying a commercial property

Buying a commercial property is an important decision, with significant financial consequences. If you are considering buying a commercial property, it is vital that proper investigations of the property are carried out, so that you can make an inf...

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A guide to buying commercial premises

Buying commercial property (such as a warehouse, office building or retail space) is more complicated than buying residential property. There may be complex contract terms, detailed planning information and additional legal and commercial implicat...

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Recent changes to PPS leases

The Australian Government passed the Personal Property Securities Amendment (PPS Leases) Act 2017 on 20 May 2017. The date is important and has many repercussions. What leases are affected by the changes? Any leases or bailments entered into aft...

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Recent changes to body corporate contributions

The Queensland District Court has decided a body corporate has only 2 years and 2 months to start legal recovery proceedings for outstanding body corporate contributions, or the process will be prohibited by statute. Section 145 of the Body Corpor...

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Business structures - Trust

When commencing a business venture, it is vital that you consider the most appropriate type of business structure to put in place. Different business structures have different benefits and disadvantages. This article looks at trusts - how to set up...

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Why do I need an Agreement to Lease?

When renting business related property it is important for both landlords and tenants to understand the relationship they are entering into and, their respective rights and obligations. The document that governs this relationship is usually called ...

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RSLA - changes to exercise of options

Exercise of option by lessee If a lessee has an option to renew a lease for a further term, it is vital that the lessee diarise the date by which it must exercise the option, and exercise its option strictly in accordance with the procedure specif...

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PPSR - important steps

The Personal Property Securities Register (PPSR) is a national, electronic register of security interests in personal property that was established on 30 January 2012. What does the PPSR cover? The PPSR covers all types of personal property excep...

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Companies - how to set one up

When commencing a business venture, it is important to consider the most appropriate type of business structure to put in place. Different business structures have different benefits and disadvantages. This article looks at companies - how to set o...

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Copyright - 10 Frequently Asked Questions

  If you are an artist, writer or business owner concerned about protecting copyright in your work, the answers to these frequently asked questions will provide you with some guidance as to how copyright law operates in Australia. 1.   ...

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A Guide to Shareholder Agreements

A company constitution is usually drafted in a standard format which is not tailored to the particular circumstances of a business or venture, and does not provide protection for shareholders in the event of a dispute between them, or where issues ...

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Changes to Retail Shop Leases Act

- Good for tenants, not so good for landlords On 13/10/2015 a bill amending the Retail Shop Leases Act 1994 (‘the RSLA’) was introduced into the Queensland Parliament, as part a regular statutory review of the Act. The amending Act wa...

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Extension of the unfair contracts regime

The Federal Government has enacted legislation extending the unfair contract term protections of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 and the Australian Securities and Investments Commission Act 2001 to the small business sector. Under the new law...

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How effective are your Post Employment Restraints?

Much damage can be done to a business if an executive or senior manager resigns taking valuable customer information and confidential information.  Restraint of trade clauses, or post-employment restraints, play a crucial role in protecting th...

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Law Changes for Retail Shop Leases

Landlords, tenants and managing agents need to be aware of new provisions under the revised Retail Shop Leases Act 1994 (‘the Act’). The Retail Shop Leases Amendment Act 2015, taking effect on 25 November 2016, triggers new considerati...

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Understanding Commercial (and Retail Shop) Leases

When renting business related property it is vital for both landlords and tenants to understand the agreement they are entering into, and their respective rights and obligations. A lease is a legally binding contract that gives you certain rights i...

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Employee or Contractor?

It's important for all businesses to have systems in place to determine whether workers should be classified as employees or independent contractors, as tax, super and other government obligations are different depending on whether the working...

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Trade Marks in Australia

The advantage of registering a trade mark is that it confers far more benefits than registering a business name, company name or domain name.  Marketing is an important business tool, and a registered trade mark is crucial in allowing you to p...

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Unfair contracts regime to small businesses

The Federal Government has enacted legislation extending the unfair contract term protections of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth) and the Australian Securities and Investments Commission Act 2001 (Cth) to the small business sector. Unde...

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Choosing a Business Structure

There are 4 main types of business structures used in conducting business in Australia, each with their own advantages and disadvantages - a sole trader, a partnership, a company or a trust. The choice of business structure is an important decisio...

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Intellectual Property for business

Intellectual property (IP) is the property of your mind or proprietary knowledge and can be an invention, a trade mark, a design or the practical application of your idea. It is important that you understand how to protect IP as it is a valuable b...

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How your Lawyer can help your Cash Flow

The words lawyer, help and cash flow in the one sentence may not be what many people expect, but the reality is that it doesn’t matter what business you are in, your credit controller and your lawyer should be best friends. Why? Because a goo...

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Franchising Advice

People buying into a franchise are often fulfilling a dream to be their own boss. Franchising can seem like an easy way to get into business however there are things that require careful consideration....

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