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  • Could You be Liable for the Risks of an Intruder?

    13 JULY 2021 COMMERCIAL & BUSINESS LAW LITIGATION & DISPUTE RESOLUTION

    In a recent case, a landlord owned and operated a large shopping centre. The landlord engaged a security company to provide security for the premises. This security company sub-contracted the responsibilities to another security company who employed a man to guard the shopping centre. This man was made familiar with various manuals which covered his role and outlined responses to specific incidents like armed persons and robberies. Read more

  • Why you should prepare a clear written agreement

    01 JUNE 2021 COMMERCIAL & BUSINESS LAW LITIGATION & DISPUTE RESOLUTION

    Not having a properly drafted contract is risky, particularly when the good faith on which the relationship was built disappears, and the relationship ends. That is when a clear and concise written agreement, which sets out the rights and obligations of the parties, is invaluable. Read more

  • Can Your Business Make Vaccines Compulsory?

    08 MARCH 2021 COMMERCIAL & BUSINESS LAW LITIGATION & DISPUTE RESOLUTION

    COVID-19 vaccines are now approved for use in Australia. The question of whether these vaccines can be made compulsory for employees will be important. A recent case may give some guidance. Read more

  • Are You Tempted to Take a Sub-lease of Some Floorspace? Be Careful with Subleases!

    15 FEBRUARY 2021 COMMERCIAL & BUSINESS LAW PROPERTY LAW & CONVEYANCING

    You may be looking for premises and get offered some space available on a “sublease”. This is common at present because more businesses than ever have employees working remotely from home, and so they have too much floorspace. Subletting the excess space will allow them to recoup some rent during the balance of the term of their lease. Read more

  • 9 Things Your Business Needs to Know About Cybercrime!

    23 NOVEMBER 2020 COMMERCIAL & BUSINESS LAW

    Cybercrime represents a major threat to all businesses. Here are the top 9 things to consider with respect to cybercrime. Read more

  • Can You Be Held Liable for Industrial Manslaughter?

    27 OCTOBER 2020 COMMERCIAL & BUSINESS LAW LITIGATION & DISPUTE RESOLUTION

    As a business owner you will be aware that you must provide a safe work environment. Recently, new laws have been introduced in QLD, Vic, the NT and the ACT relating to industrial manslaughter. These laws mean that the operators of businesses in those states and territories can be held criminally liable for the death of their employees at work. Read more

  • Does Your Business Supply a Big Business? You Need to Know About the Proposed “Payment Times Laws”

    20 OCTOBER 2020 COMMERCIAL & BUSINESS LAW

    For your business to survive and thrive you must understand the importance of cashflow. Cashflow is greatly affected by the time you give your customers to pay your invoices. Whilst it is common for businesses to give 30-day payment terms, it is often the case that big businesses impose payment terms of 60, 90 or 120 days. As small business owners generally want to have big businesses as customers, they have little choice but to agree, even though it will adversely impact on their cash flow. As a consequence, your business could be profitable, but ultimately destroyed by poor cashflow. Read more

  • Can You Be Held Liable for the Comments of Others on Your Social Media Post?

    13 OCTOBER 2020 COMMERCIAL & BUSINESS LAW LITIGATION & DISPUTE RESOLUTION

    In a recent case, there was a young Aboriginal man who had been in and out of youth detention since he was 11 years old. Whilst in detention the man was particularly violent with staff and others, with some victims requiring hospitalisation. Years later there was significant media coverage of the boy’s treatment whilst in detention. It was disclosed that he had been thrown into his cell, threatened, restrained and generally mistreated in a heavy-handed manner. Read more

  • 8 Things You Need to Know About Your Customers’ Right to a Refund

    15 SEPTEMBER 2020 COMMERCIAL & BUSINESS LAW

    If your business supplies goods or services then generally the Australian Consumer Law will have an impact on your obligations to your customers. Read more

  • Your Business Contracts and “Force Majeure”

    11 AUGUST 2020 COMMERCIAL & BUSINESS LAW

    Coronavirus has been extensively covered in the news media. What has arguably received less attention is what happens when an unforeseeable event such as this prevents a party from fulfilling its contract obligations. Such situations have the potential to disrupt businesses. With this in mind, here are 5 things to know about how your business could be affected. Read more