Knowledge Base

Are you building?

Are you building? Make sure you budget for Protection Works. Under the Building Act 1993 (Vic) you are obligated to protect your neighbours’ properties from damage that could occur from building work on your property. Such “Protection Work” includes the underpinning...

Utilising the Security of Payment Act in your business

Would you know what to do if a developer or builder stopped paying your invoices? Knowing how to issue or respond to a payment claim under the Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act 2002 (Vic) can help to secure prompt payment for contractors and...

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...