Commercial/Business

19 12, 2017

What is an unpaid present entitlement?

2017-12-20T19:51:27+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? 2017-12-20T19:51:27+00:00
21 11, 2017

What happens when someone leaves a partnership?

2017-12-11T07:19:00+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 question about your partnership, your Partnership Agreement should be the first place [...]

What happens when someone leaves a partnership? 2017-12-11T07:19:00+00:00
4 11, 2017

Pssst, over here! (You need to read this if your business turns over more than $3 million)

2017-11-23T11:06:44+00:00

We’ve all heard about the increasing prevalence of data ‘breaches’ and ‘hackings’.  Some well-publicised examples include: The hacking of Microsoft’s Business Productivity Online Suite in 2010; The theft and publication of 6 million user passwords from LinkedIn in 2012. This was followed up in May 2016, when hackers stole and posted for sale on [...]

Pssst, over here! (You need to read this if your business turns over more than $3 million) 2017-11-23T11:06:44+00:00
7 09, 2017

Thinking of buying a hotel or pub? Read this first.

2017-09-08T08:49:43+00:00

Like any business, hotels have several moving ‘parts’ that need to work together so that the machine runs smoothly. If you are thinking of buying a hotel or similar hospitality business, make sure you are familiar with these unique features before you sign on the dotted line.

Thinking of buying a hotel or pub? Read this first. 2017-09-08T08:49:43+00:00
1 09, 2017

What the doctor ordered: dealing with employee medical records

2017-09-14T08:52:29+00:00

We are often asked what rights an employer has to require their employees to undergo a medical assessment or provide their medical records.  The answer is usually not straightforward, as there are some serious personal and privacy issues to consider. The question comes down to striking a balance.

What the doctor ordered: dealing with employee medical records 2017-09-14T08:52:29+00:00
23 07, 2017

Telecommunications Leases – are you getting a raw deal?

2017-07-30T11:20:42+00:00

Have you been approached by a telecommunications carrier that is interested in putting a tower or other structure on your land? How do you know if the deal you are being offered is fair?

Telecommunications Leases – are you getting a raw deal? 2017-07-30T11:20:42+00:00
8 05, 2017

Accountants now liable for Fair Work breaches made by clients

2017-12-15T09:03:48+00:00

The Fair Work Ombudsman has won its first case against an accountant being ‘knowingly involved’ in the workplace breaches of his client. The accountant could now face up to $357,000 in penalties, as though he committed the breaches himself. Find out what you can do to avoid this problem.

Accountants now liable for Fair Work breaches made by clients 2017-12-15T09:03:48+00:00
8 05, 2017

What’s the best structure for my startup?

2017-12-05T09:09:48+00:00

When asked what structure to use, we like to apply several key principles and ‘rules of thumb’ to get the right answer.

What’s the best structure for my startup? 2017-12-05T09:09:48+00:00
17 03, 2017

To what extent can a company indemnify a director?

2017-11-17T17:04:49+00:00

There are over 700 laws that can impose personal liability on directors. While it is common for companies to provide directors with an 'indemnity' or 'insurance cover' for these liabilities, there are limitations and restrictions on how far this indemnity and cover can extend.

To what extent can a company indemnify a director? 2017-11-17T17:04:49+00:00
25 02, 2017

How do I protect my ‘ideas’?

2017-11-20T09:52:34+00:00

Most people realise the importance of protecting their Intellectual Property. But ‘ideas’ and ‘concepts’ aren't a form of IP, as there is no 'property' capable of being protected. Don't despair, there are ways to protect and exploit your interests.

How do I protect my ‘ideas’? 2017-11-20T09:52:34+00:00
23 02, 2017

Are your trade secrets walking out the door?

2017-11-17T17:07:43+00:00

Losing an employee, whether by dismissal or resignation, is never easy. But it’s even harder when the employee walks out the door with a head (and possibly a briefcase or USB) full of your confidential information.

Are your trade secrets walking out the door? 2017-11-17T17:07:43+00:00
7 02, 2017

Take-it or leave-it (or perhaps ‘void-it’)? Some things to consider in your Website Development Agreements

2017-11-17T17:08:46+00:00

Website developers understand very clearly the notion of the ‘information architecture’ of a website, yet not all of them get it when it comes to the architecture of the service agreement they enter with their clients

Take-it or leave-it (or perhaps ‘void-it’)? Some things to consider in your Website Development Agreements 2017-11-17T17:08:46+00:00
13 12, 2016

How do I get out of a contract I wish I never signed?

2017-02-24T10:55:11+00:00

You signed a contract, but things aren't working out. It happens. In this article we explore some ways you might be able to get yourself out of the deal.

How do I get out of a contract I wish I never signed? 2017-02-24T10:55:11+00:00
10 11, 2016

I’m a ‘start-up’. How should I set up my new business?

2017-12-05T09:38:30+00:00

So you've just come up with a great business concept, given it a test-drive among your family and friends, and now want to go to the next stage. What do you do? You need to put together the 'playing field' for your venture. In other words, you need a 'business structure'.

I’m a ‘start-up’. How should I set up my new business? 2017-12-05T09:38:30+00:00