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  • How to find the right lawyer in a Commercial Dispute case

    If you or your business is facing litigation, either because another party is threatening it, or because you feel you have a right to take action, what do you do first and where do you seek help? It has been said that litigation is a contest in which the court is the umpire. It is […]

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    Binding Financial Agreements
    What are they?
    Do I need one?

    A Binding Financial Agreement (“Financial Agreement or BFA”) allows married or defacto couples to agree in writing how their property would be distributed between them if they separate or if they have already separated. What are the benefits of a binding financial agreement? A BFA can: make clear what the initial and ongoing financial contributions […]

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    Introduction to Intellectual Property for business

    Intellectual property (“IP”) is a description of various types of legal rights (some of considerable value) created by someone inventing or creating something which has not been created or invented before and in most cases (excluding copyright) registering their creation or invention in accordance with registration facilities provided by laws which give the creator or […]

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    Extension of the unfair contracts regime to small businesses

    The Federal Government has enacted legislation extending the unfair contract term protections of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth) and the Australian Securities and Investments Commission Act 2001 (Cth) to the small business sector. Under the new laws, a Court is able to declare that a term of a standard form small business contract […]

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    Amending trust deeds – It’s trickier than it looks

    Since family trusts first became used in the 1970’s and 1980’s accountants and lawyers have historically made all sorts of amendments to trust deeds eg: expanding trustees powers to keep lending banks happy; changing trustees, appointors and guardians; or adding or excluding beneficiaries in reliance upon a clause in the trust deed saying “the trusts […]

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    Introduction of the Associations Incorporation Act 2015

    The Associations Incorporation Act 2015 (“the 2015 Act”) became law on 1 July 2016 and on that day the Associations Incorporation Act 1987 (“the 1987 Act”) was repealed.  The 2015 Act is far more comprehensive than the 1987 Act.  The 2015 Act must be complied with by all incorporated associations i.e. including those incorporated before […]

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