News 2017.

The big freeze

Like other states and territories, the Retail Leases Act 2003 (Vic) (Act) applies to the retail sale of goods. Its further application to the provision of retail services vastly extends the types of premises that fall under the ...

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Restraint of trade thwarted by bonus scheme

Modifications to an employee's incentive scheme and role effectively repudiated his employment contract, leaving his employer powerless to stop him from courting former clients, an appeal court has found. In mid-2016, accountancy firm ...

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Garden leave: it’s not a walk in the park

Garden leave may sound relaxing, but the circumstances which call for it are most certainly not. It occurs: when an employee is directed by an employer to take paid leave or to undertake special duties; during the notice ...

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The fine print*

We’ve seen advertisements on the backs of buses quoting a seemingly great price for a product or service. We’ve also spotted businesses burying questionable terms and conditions in the small print – well, at least with a ...

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Guarantees can be risky business

As the great George Costanza said on a classic episode of ‘Seinfeld’ ‘everybody knows you’ve got to keep your worlds apart’. But, worlds can collide for a director. A director who gives a personal guarantee in respect of a ...

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Pre-employment steps protect company connections

Disputes about company information theft and LinkedIn connection ownership are rife, but can be prevented with steps taken early in the employment relationship, a law specialist says. As social media continues...

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Achieving Profitability with Alternative Fee Arrangements

With the increasing prevalence of alternative fee arrangements (AFAs) – such as fixed, blended and capped fees and retainers – firms have the ability to increase the client’s perception of value, improve employee satisfaction ...

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Security alert: mandatory data breach laws

This is a security alert that should not be ignored! Mandatory data breach notification laws will soon commence in Australia[1]. The new laws will affect federal government agencies and organisations (with an annual turnover of ...

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Statutory demand: a double edged sword

Statutory demands can be a handy tool in recovering a debt. However, their associated risks are often overlooked in the heat of the moment. Indeed, paying the other side’s legal costs and not even recouping the original debt, even ...

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25 Secrets To Success with Alternative Fee Arrangements

Bespoke is an exciting platform to showcase a new model of law firm. As a pioneer of this NewLaw revolution, Bespoke revolutionises the traditional legal market by combining in-house and private practice principles to provide cost ...

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