News 2020

Increasing prices during COVID-19 (part 2)

In part 1 of this series, we explored how a price increase for high demand items during the COVID-19 pandemic may be unconscionable conduct under the Australian Consumer Law (ACL). Businesses may justify a price increase by falsely ...

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Export Market Development Grants scheme

Most businesses in Australia have been affected by the Covid-19 crisis. During these difficult times, when market confidence is at a low, access to government grants can give Australian businesses a much needed cash injection. In ...

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Cybersecurity during COVID-19

As more and more employees work from home, many businesses no longer have the safety net of on-site IT to help them manage their technical environments. With employees often using their own devices and networks at home, the risks of ...

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Increasing prices during COVID-19 (part 1)

As COVID-19 spreads, prices for some items are increasing across the country. There may be severe consequences for businesses if a price increase is deemed to be unconscionable conduct under the Australian Consumer Law (ACL) or the ...

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Issues facing landlords: COVID-19

In these uncertain times, many of our clients are looking for answers, insights and solutions to the issues raised by COVID-19. As businesses prepare for a range of scenarios, including those mandated by Government directives, we ...

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Issues facing tenants: COVID-19

In these uncertain times, many of our clients are looking for answers, insights and solutions to the issues raised by COVID-19. As businesses prepare for a range of scenarios, including those mandated by Government directives, we ...

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Bespoke's COVID-19 Response Team

These are unprecedented times. Bespoke has set up a COVID-19 Response Team to help clients manage the impacts to their business, workforce, supply chains and customers, today and in the months ahead. The Bespoke COVID-19 ...

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COVID-19: is it a force majeure event?

As COVID-19 spreads we are all realising the vast number of businesses, industries and supply chains affected. This includes the actual or potential disruption of many contractual obligations. Many of our clients have asked us what ...

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Broke is no joke

Broadened spectrum Recent developments in the UK have ‘broadened the spectrum’ in favour of creditors, when seeking to wind-up companies. These developments may be extended to other common law jurisdictions such as ...

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Litigation costs: ducking under a high bar

Rule of thumb In litigation, the rule of thumb is that the ‘loser’ pays the ‘winner’s’ costs (this is known as ‘costs following the cause’). That said it’s also possible for a Court to order that costs lie where they ...

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