Knowledge Base

ScoMo speaks on the issue of commercial tenancies

ScoMo speaks on the issue of commercial tenancies

ScoMo has finally spoken on the issue of commercial tenancies. We now know that a 6 month moratorium is to be placed on evictions. But what about unpaid rent? ScoMo has urged landlords and tenants to get together and come up with a solution which means that a...

Maintaining your workforce in times of uncertainty

Maintaining your workforce in times of uncertainty

Employees are the key to a business’s success, its number one asset. But in uncertain economic times, businesses often need to consider reducing their workforce. The risk, however, is that by making employees redundant, businesses lose talent and an in depth knowledge...

Landlords and tenants. Sharing the burden.

Landlords and tenants. Sharing the burden.

So far it seems to me that the average Australian is more worried about the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic than catching the virus itself. And let’s hope it stays that way. Some businesses and people will be affected more than others. And some will be able...

CERPO Act – Insolvency relief and room to breathe

CERPO Act – Insolvency relief and room to breathe

The new Coronavirus Economic Response Package Omnibus Act 2020 (Cth) (CERPO Act) provides support to businesses and individuals suffering financial distress for at least 6 months from 25 March 2020. Relief has been given to businesses, individuals and directors....

Can the Spam!

Can the Spam!

Optus has been fined over $500,000 for breaches of the Spam Act.  Do you know your obligations when sending SMS and email messages to customers? Do you send text messages or emails as a way to communicate with, and market to your clients and customers? With SMS and...

Is your business on the ACCC’s radar?

Is your business on the ACCC’s radar?

The ACCC announced its compliance and enforcement priorities for the new year. So what types of enforcement activities can we expect to see in 2020? Consumer Guarantees, Small Business and Franchising As expected, the ACCC has again put businesses on notice that they...

Navigating your obligations amid the threat of a COVID-19 pandemic

Navigating your obligations amid the threat of a COVID-19 pandemic

The threat of a global pandemic of the scale posed by the novel COVID-19 coronavirus is unprecedented in living memory. Now is the time to take steps to protect your business to attempt to mitigate and minimise the impact on your business and employees over the coming...

Holy Guacamole! Did they just use my company’s brand?

Holy Guacamole! Did they just use my company’s brand?

US giant Taco Bell has finally secured the right to use its brand in Australia after negotiating a settlement with local Australian restaurant, Taco Bill. This settlement will bring an end to a legal battle which has reoccurred intermittently since the 1980's. The...

Changes to vendor disclosures

Are you selling a property with a questionable history? Changes to the Sale of Land Act stipulate that vendors must not knowingly conceal a material fact when selling a property. Property Partner, Lisa Fowler, discusses these changes and their impact on the...

Attracting the best possible candidates

Attracting the best possible candidates

Our Partners Heather Richardson, Lisa Fowler and Denise Wightman have been featured in Lawyers Weekly, discussing the importance of flexibility in boutique law firms. Flexibility allows boutiques to attract ‘the best possible candidates’ People are the best asset of...