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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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Powers for determining rent relief disputes expanded

As contemplated in our previous blog, on 3 September 2020, the Victorian Government has now introduced COVID-19 Commercial and Residential Tenancies Legislation Amendment (Extension) Bill 2020 (Bill) into the Legislative Assembly.

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Negotiating tech contracts into a well-oiled machine: Part 1

In part 1 of our series, we focus on the importance of clearly defining the parties’ primary responsibilities in every IT project. A well drafted IT services agreement will accurately define the scope of services. Fine tuning of the following key...

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Victorian rent relief extended until the end of 2020

The Victorian Government announced that it will extend the commercial tenancy relief scheme from 29 September 2020 until 31 December 2020. Key takeaways from the latest announcement include ...

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The wild west of cybersquatters

The past few months has shown us how important an online presence can be for any business, both from growth and business continuity perspectives. In our previous post, we talked about what ‘cybersquatting’ is...

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How a typo can cost you

We’ve all seen it – an email sent to the wrong person. Perhaps a misspelled email address or an email sent to the wrong ‘Jennifer’. A recent decision by the Australian Information Commissioner and Privacy Commissioner shows how a simple clerical...

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Cracking the code on your security deposit

Commercial leases typically include provisions that require the tenant to provide security to secure the performance of its obligations. Typically, a tenant may be required to provide security in the form of: a cash security deposit; a bank guarantee; or...

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Cutting the cord: terminating indefinite contracts

An indefinite contract establishes an ongoing contractual relationship. Typical examples include contracts that: automatically renew, do not specify an expiry date, or do not specify express termination rights. This bulletin explores...

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Not quite a kick in the teeth for trade mark owners

On 29 April 2020, the High Court of Justice in England handed down its judgement in Sky v SkyKick, primarily regarding broad trade mark specifications and bad faith trade mark applications. The judgement followed much-anticipated guidance...

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