News 2016.

Bespoke announced as winner of Innovative Firms 2016

With a mission to reinvent the law firm, Bespoke has followed through with paradigm-shifting fixed price offerings (including on M&A, workplace investigations, commercial leasing and litigation) by spreading...

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Employer out of pocket despite damages for IP breach

An employer has been awarded damages after a former employee copied confidential files and worked for a competitor while on gardening leave, but is nearly $80k out of pocket after failing to recover all of its costs...

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Counting the cost of outsourcing (part 1)

This is the first of a 3-part series on risks associated with offshoring personal information. In this series, we will discuss: an organisation’s obligations to protect personal information when offshoring office functions ...

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How geese have changed trade mark law

The Federal Court handed down a landmark decision in the trade mark dispute between the Wild Geese and Wild Turkey alcohol brands[1]. In doing so, it has changed the way trade mark law operates. Legal background. Under section ...

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Play fair with small business

12 November 2016 is d-day! New unfair contract laws will commence in Australia extending the coverage of consumer protection to ‘standard form’ small business contracts. Business to business transactions will be significantly ...

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Mental health in the workplace – are you discriminating?

Australia recently marked World Mental Health Day, a campaign which raises community awareness about mental health issues. In support of this cause, we briefly highlight, in this blog, an Australian employer’s legal obligations to ...

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Chocolate is the answer – what’s the question?

Confectionery companies and chocolatier giants, Mars and Mondelez International, have been battling over the use of a lower case ‘m’ on Mars’ packaging of M&M’s. This long-standing court battle in Sweden recently came to a ...

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Top 10 tips to avoid an unfair dismissal claim

When is a dismissal unfair? Unfair dismissal is when an employee is dismissed from their job in a harsh, unjust or unreasonable manner. In the case of small businesses unfair dismissals may occur where the dismissal was ...

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Is my lease a retail lease?

Many of our clients ask us ‘Is my lease a retail lease?’ The answer isn’t always straightforward, so to lend some clarity, here are some key points both landlords and tenants should note. Acting up? In Victoria, retail ...

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Employee restraint of trade: A valuable tool in the social media age

A revolution over the last 10 years, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat have revolutionised the way people socialise and conduct business in the global economy. No social media site has truly captured the professional market...

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