News 2016.

That’s the price you pay

With the constant pressures of deadlines, supply orders, reporting, accounting requirements and profit margins (just to name a few), businesses can inadvertently fall foul of provisions of the Australian Consumer Law ...

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Retail leasing: do your homework

In Victoria, retail leases are governed by the Retail Leases Act 2003 (Act)1. A retail lease arises (subject to certain exceptions) when parties enter into a lease arrangement for a premises used wholly or predominantly for the retail ...

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Remaking Law Firms: Why & How

Today’s legal services industry is in a state of change. Clients are choosing providers who meet legal needs and charge for service in new, novel ways. Margins are shrinking. Alternative fee arrangements are on the rise...

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Section 52 … why bother?

If you are a business owner and have ever thought about selling your business there is a good chance you’ve come across the term ‘Section 52’.  Now be honest…did your mind immediately start to wander? If this applies to ...

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When can an employer refuse annual leave?

The Fair Work Act and National Employment Standards offer some guidance on when employers can reasonably refuse annual leave requests, but employers should have a specific policy to fill in the gaps, a lawyer says...

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Architectural plans – copyright or wrong?

Property developers, architects and builders should be aware that using a third party’s plans may result in copyright infringement. In a recent decision in the Habitare Developments case1, the Full Court of the Federal Court ...

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Promoting workplace culture: An in-house lawyer’s solution

Organisations are beginning to recognise the strong correlation between positive workplace cultures and business productivity, employee engagement and health of employees. With this backdrop, we are witnessing...

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Blue skies or storm ahead?

A recent EU case highlights the importance of trade mark clearance searches and brand strategy from an early stage. Of notable interest is the fact that this striking decision involved a battle between 2 companies with huge global ...

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