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9 10, 2018

Use our ‘departing employees’ checklist to protect your business

2018-10-11T14:37:13+00:00

The departure of an employee can be a difficult time for your business.  It is also a time that your business is exposed to the potential for real damage. If you establish a clear and consistent process for departing employees, you can protect your business and minimise the impact on staff and customers. Use our ‘departing employees’ checklist to protect your business.

Use our ‘departing employees’ checklist to protect your business2018-10-11T14:37:13+00:00
14 09, 2018

The key steps to successfully sell your business

2018-09-21T14:26:54+00:00

We have written a lot of technical stuff about selling a business. But we’re finding that more and more people want to understand the best high-level strategy to actually conclude a deal. This article sets out the key steps.

The key steps to successfully sell your business2018-09-21T14:26:54+00:00
21 08, 2018

Andrew’s 2nd interview with Kym Nitschke from ‘Accounting Insider’ Podcast

2018-08-22T07:54:39+00:00

In this follow up interview Andrew talks about mind mapping, making decisions, origins, guiding principals, channelling "Diver Dan", life balance, running a high-performance law firm, scaling systems and developing in-house web apps with Ukranian programmers! Missed the 1st interview?

Andrew’s 2nd interview with Kym Nitschke from ‘Accounting Insider’ Podcast2018-08-22T07:54:39+00:00
4 05, 2018

My trust is expiring – can I get an extension?

2018-05-08T16:25:41+00:00

We all love our trusts, but unfortunately they don't last forever. They have an ‘expiry date’.  When you reach this date, the Trust ends and its property must be distributed to beneficiaries. Before this time you need to consider who will be entitled to the assets, and what tax and stamp duty liabilities may be triggered. You also need to see if the date can be extended...

My trust is expiring – can I get an extension?2018-05-08T16:25:41+00:00
20 04, 2018

Forcing a sale of property in NSW

2018-06-14T15:53:17+00:00

It's relatively easy to get into property ownership with someone. But it can be considerably harder to get out. Particularly if you don't have a co-ownership agreement in place. Find out what court remedies may be available to you NSW if you find yourself stuck in a property.

Forcing a sale of property in NSW2018-06-14T15:53:17+00:00
20 04, 2018

Is the customer always right?

2018-04-23T15:46:59+00:00

Many businesses have built strong brands by treating customers well. But it is also important to ensure that no single customer can put your business at risk. You need to draw the line somewhere. This is where your terms of supply come in. However, these terms need to be consistent with the Australian Consumer Law.

Is the customer always right?2018-04-23T15:46:59+00:00
12 04, 2018

Mia Formichella

2018-10-02T12:26:23+00:00

Mia is a lawyer based in our Adelaide Office working in a number of areas, including estate planning, family law, insolvency and general commercial matters. She works alongside insolvency practitioners to assist in winding up the affairs of a company, and has provided support to business owners facing liquidation.

Mia Formichella2018-10-02T12:26:23+00:00
6 03, 2018

First-quarter employment law tune-up

2018-03-06T07:20:39+00:00

The end of the first calendar quarter for the year is fast approaching, and this is a great time to think about improving your employment processes and procedures.  To get you started, these are our favourite employment law 'nuts and bolts' that may need some tightening.

First-quarter employment law tune-up2018-03-06T07:20:39+00:00
22 01, 2018

The Personal Property Securities Register (PPSR) in a nutshell

2018-01-22T09:54:33+00:00

The Personal Property Securities Act (PPSA) is the legislation that governs everything about security interests in personal property, which is almost all property that is not land. The broad purpose of the PPSA is to create a system for the registration of security interests, which is searchable by anyone and which can then be enforced against other parties.  This register has been formed as the Personal Property Securities Register (PPSR).

The Personal Property Securities Register (PPSR) in a nutshell2018-01-22T09:54:33+00:00
19 12, 2017

What is an unpaid present entitlement or ‘UPE’?

2018-08-05T12:59:51+00:00

If you have a discretionary family trust, then chances are your accountant has mentioned ‘unpaid present entitlements’ or ‘UPEs’. No doubt you have just nodded wisely, but deep down, do you really know what this means?

What is an unpaid present entitlement or ‘UPE’?2018-08-05T12:59:51+00:00
23 11, 2017

Individual Flexibility Agreements: Bending Backwards Without Bending The Rules

2017-12-05T08:26:45+00:00

You may have noticed that ‘flexibility’ has become the new buzz word for Australian workplaces. Most of the popular focus has been on the benefits that flexibility provides to workers, rather than employers. As an employer, you may only just be keeping up with all of the day-to-day issues that come with employing someone [...]

Individual Flexibility Agreements: Bending Backwards Without Bending The Rules2017-12-05T08:26:45+00:00
22 11, 2017

Are you about to pay off your SMSF ‘limited recourse borrowing’ loan?

2018-05-02T14:03:25+00:00

If you are about to pay off your limited recourse borrowing loan (or have recently done so), you are probably wondering what to do next. You might want to simplify your super fund investments and wind up the custodian trust. Or you might be planning your next property purchase. In this article, we answer [...]

Are you about to pay off your SMSF ‘limited recourse borrowing’ loan?2018-05-02T14:03:25+00:00
21 11, 2017

What happens when someone leaves a partnership?

2018-04-12T10:04:39+00:00

What law governs partnerships? Partnerships are governed by a number of different laws. Fundamentally, a partnership is a creature of contract law. This means that the parties to a partnership can agree how the partnership will be regulated. When you have any questions about your partnership, your Partnership Agreement should be the first place [...]

What happens when someone leaves a partnership?2018-04-12T10:04:39+00:00
20 11, 2017

Yes, you do need a testamentary trust

2017-12-14T09:32:04+00:00

Most people who advise on testamentary trusts talk about the ‘tax benefits’. This emphasis is plain wrong. Why? Because, a simple Will (without a testamentary trust) is more likely to do harm, and to lead to family disharmony, than one with a testamentary trust.

Yes, you do need a testamentary trust2017-12-14T09:32:04+00:00