Knowledge Base

Are we dealing with ‘retail premises’?

Are we dealing with 'retail premises' under the Retail Leases Act 2003 (“Act”)? This is a crucial question to ask when reviewing any lease. If the Act applies, the consequences for landlords are significant: A right to a minimum 5 year term; Land tax cannot be...

Shareholder oppression

Are you a minority shareholder? Do you know your rights? Sometimes disputes arise between people who have a financial interest in a company. In privately held companies, people who own a small shareholding (a minority shareholder) may find that their interests are...

Protecting your brand – tips for Sponsorship Agreements

What happens when your brand ambassador goes rogue? Sponsorship arrangements can increase brand awareness and deliver a great return on investment for corporate sponsors. However, unsavoury behaviour by a brand ambassador can quickly tarnish the reputations of the...

How important are trade marks to your business?

Have you considered how important your trade marks are to your business? Registering your trade marks has many benefits, from protecting your brand, making it easier to deal with infringing goods and services, and adding real value to your business. If you haven’t...

Introduction of PEXA guarantee

From 1 October 2018, it will be mandatory in Victoria for transfer transactions to be effected via the PEXA platform. PEXA has come under significant scrutiny in recent months as reports have emerged of settlement funds being fraudulently misappropriated. To bring...

Mandatory data breach notifications – are you ready?

What are the changes? From 23 February 2018, certain businesses will have mandatory reporting obligations in the event of an ‘eligible data breach’, and will be required to notify the Australian Information Commissioner and any impacted individuals. Who must comply?...

Harsher penalties for rogue employers

The Fair Work Amendment (Protecting Vulnerable Workers) Act 2017 and recent Federal Court decisions highlight the importance of employers meeting their obligations to employees. What are your obligations as an employer? Record-keeping Employers must make and keep...

Changes to your medical decision maker

There has been recent changes in Victoria concerning Enduring Powers of Attorney (Medical Treatment) (Medical EPA), which took effect on 12 March 2018. Some important matters to note are: Any existing Medical EPA’s in place before 12 March are still valid; From 12...