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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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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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Avoid paying more to protect your trade mark

IP Australia is increasing its filing fees for applications to register trade marks. The changes commence on 1 October 2020. How will this affect me? If you are planning to file an application to register a trade mark without using IP Australia's approved...

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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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