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'Cheers' to compliant advertising of alcohol

Marketing alcohol is inherently difficult. It is held to greater scrutiny than other food and beverage products. Unsurprisingly, this means that smart ideas like Bob Hawke sculling a beer, though catchy and differentiating, can be non-compliant...

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Handshake agreements or fist bumps?

Society has always prided itself on honouring a handshake agreement. But, what happens when one of the parties shaking hands, is not honourable? Unless your handshake is backed with a written agreement, you might not have a ...

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Winners are grinners

Trade promotions, such as competitions and other promotional games, are winners for generating hype for your brand. However, trade promotions are heavily regulated and organisations must ensure they comply with relevant laws...

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Responsible marketing of food and beverages

'Huge news! 10 Grand Massive Quadruple Beef Burgers for the price of 1!'Tempting, but the use of a tag line like this in an advertising campaign would likely breach Australian advertising codes. Advertising of food and beverages...

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UK trade marks post Brexit

Since 1 January 2021, the United Kingdom (UK) officially left the European Union (EU). Since leaving the EU, there have been changes to trade mark laws in the UK that may affect your business. Numerous changes have been put into place...

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The new AANA advertising Code of Ethics

On 1 February 2021, the new advertising Code of Ethics (Code), adopted by the Australian Association of National Advertisers (AANA), came into effect. The AANA has published an accompanying Practice Note to in order to assist...

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Businesses face penalties for unfair contract terms

State and territory consumer affairs ministers have recently agreed to strengthen the Australian Consumer Law unfair contract terms regime. Key proposed changes, as outlined in the Treasury’s Regulation Impact Statement...

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Negotiating tech contracts into a well-oiled machine: Part 3

It is 2 months into your IT project and it is not going well. What do you do? In this final instalment of our blog series on negotiating IT services agreements, we look at key provisions on defaults and disputes. On a slippery road, some wheels...

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More changes for landlords and tenants under the new Retail Leases Amendment Act

The Retail Leases Act (Vic) 2003 (Act) has been the governing legislation for many retail and commercial leases for over 15 years. But 2020 is a year of change. On 15 September 2020, the Victorian Government passed the Retail Leases...

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Negotiating tech contracts into a well-oiled machine: Part 2

In part 1 of our series on negotiating IT services agreement, we focussed on the importance of clearly defining the parties’ primary responsibilities in IT projects. In part 2, we now focus on other key pitfalls that may ‘make or break’ your IT project.

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