Commercial/Business

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
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-up 2018-03-06T07:20:39+00:00
6 03, 2018

Are you ready to sell your business?

2018-03-06T06:50:38+00:00

If you're thinking of selling your business, we bet there are 2 key outcomes you are looking for: 1. Getting the highest purchase price possible; and 2. Being able to make a clean break from the business, so you can think about something else (and maybe even relax or take a holiday). These outcomes are both realistic and achievable, but it will take some planning before you put the business up for sale.

Are you ready to sell your business? 2018-03-06T06:50:38+00:00
28 01, 2018

ICOs – Infinitesimal Chance Of Success. Or in plain-English, simple theft.

2018-02-03T09:33:13+00:00

Before investing in a crypto-coin of any variety - you must ask yourself at least these two questions.

ICOs – Infinitesimal Chance Of Success. Or in plain-English, simple theft. 2018-02-03T09:33:13+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 nutshell 2018-01-22T09:54:33+00:00
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?

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
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’?

2018-03-23T09:35:56+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’? 2018-03-23T09:35:56+00:00