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Shareholders agreement

The basics A shareholders agreement is a legally binding arrangement entered into between each of the shareholders in a company by which they agree how their relationship as shareholders will be regulated. It is designed to deal ...

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Surviving an IT contract – a customer’s guide (part 3)

In part 3… This is the third of a six part series intended to smooth the often-troubled waters of IT contracts. Part one  addressed assessing options, and planning the proposed system. Part two addressed acceptance ...

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Surviving an IT contract – a customer’s guide (part 2)

In part 2… This is the second of a six part series intended to smooth the often-troubled waters of IT contracts. Part one addressed assessing options, and planning the proposed system. Acceptance tests. You will usually ...

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Surviving an IT contract – a customer’s guide (part 1)

In part 1… This is the first of a six part series intended to smooth the often-troubled waters of IT contracts. Background. Are you buying an off the shelf software product? Are you making a large financial investment in a ...

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Trade mark: storm in a soup bowl

Restaurant in Hot Water for Trade Marking ‘Pho’. Registering a trade mark grants the owner the exclusive rights to commercially use, licence or sell it for the goods and services that it is registered under. In our brand ...

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The top 5 growing pains for start-ups

Lifecycle. Small companies become big companies. As they mature and move from the spare bedroom to the boardroom, all experience growing pains. Here are 5 key growing pains: 1. Disagreements by owners. Trust and friendship ...

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Spam for wine business causes huge spillage

The Spam Act. Under the Spam Act 2003 (Cth) (Spam Act) it is prohibited to send, or cause to be sent, unsolicited electronic messages of commercial nature (that is “spam”) without the following 3 key conditions: The ...

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Doping in sport

One burning issue, so many acronyms!  Let’s start with an easy one… AFL – Australian Football League Let’s try another… ASADA – Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority Finally… WADA – World Anti Doping ...

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Intellectual property – a brief guide

A brief guide. Intellectual property (IP) is a legal concept which refers to creations of the mind for which exclusive rights are recognised. For most companies it is their lifeblood, and therefore vital that it is properly ...

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5 reasons people don’t want to be directors

Background. The proliferation of cases involving directors duties (and breach of duties) in recent times has led to a very real need for directors to be properly advised as to their roles, responsibilities and obligations when it ...

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