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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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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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Bega owns the dress: do you own your unregistered trade marks?

Kraft has lost its appeal in the Full Court of the Federal Court regarding its claimed ownership of peanut butter packaging trade dress. This is likely to have significant consequences on how businesses protect and commercialise unregistered...

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New ingredient suppliers? Don’t forget the label

Global supply chains have been interrupted due to COVID-19. Given this, businesses with new, temporary suppliers of ingredients need to ensure labels continue to be accurate and compliant with CoOL requirements.

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News & Press

COVID-19: Code of Conduct for tenancies

The National Cabinet’s mandatory Code of Conduct for commercial tenancies (Code) was released on 7 April 2020. Targeted at SMEs impacted by COVID-19...

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Broke is no joke

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...

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Litigation costs: ducking under a high bar

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 fo...

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Counting the cost of outsourcing (part 3)

Welcome to the third of a 3-part series on the risks associated with offshoring arrangements. Job losses may occur when organisations offshore office functions...

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