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Australian Customs Issues for the New Financial Year

Reading Time: 3 minutesThe start of the new Australian financial year brings about a number of changes that exporters to Australia should be aware of. Some changes are so significant that has said that it will no longer ship to Australian addresses. However, while there are increased compliance issues, there are also new benefits that exporters should […]

Protecting Vulnerable Workers Bill and the Repercussions for Franchisors
Protecting Vulnerable Workers Bill and the Repercussions for Franchisors in Australia

Reading Time: 2 minutesOn 5 September 2017, the Fair Work Amendment (Protecting Vulnerable Workers) Bill 2017 (the Bill) was passed by both houses of Parliament. The Bill has recently received Royal Assent, making changes to the Fair Work Act 2009 (Act) Significant Changes There are significant changes for franchisors, in the aim of protecting vulnerable workers. Some of […]

5 Ways A Lawyer Can Help You Start Your Business
5 things to consider when starting a business in Australia

Reading Time: 5 minutesIt’s incredibly exciting when you start your own business. You’ve finally done it, made that break away, and all you see are the positives and none of the negatives that lie ahead of you. That’s great. It’s important to be positive. But it’s also important to be realistic. All too often, we see business owners […]

7 Tips To Get Your Business Idea Off The Ground

Reading Time: 3 minutesIt is such an exciting experience to start your own business. It is a huge step and there is so much involved. It is common to be completely focused on implementing your ideas to start making money. But there are also legal matters to consider. Here are our top tips to help you on your […]

Risks To Copying Legal Documents From The Internet
What are the risks of copying legal documents from the internet?

Reading Time: 3 minutesSmall business can be tough. To set up your business correctly can be expensive, particularly if you’re legally trying to do everything by the book. We get it. As a business owner you’ll probably need to have a range of legal documents drafted for your business such as: – Shareholder Agreement or Partnership Agreement – […]

Lawyers in the Pro Bono Movement: Nathan Colless, Volunteer Co-ordinator, Hong Kong Centre for Pro Bono Service Ltd.

Reading Time: 5 minutesIn this feature, we speak to Nathan Colless, a volunteer co-ordinator at the Hong Kong Centre for Pro Bono Service Ltd (“the Centre”). Established in 2014, the Centre is an independent non-profit organization whose mission is to assist and empower the impoverished, distressed or vulnerable in Hong Kong, who are marginalized or disadvantaged due to a lack […]

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What is a Buy or Sell Agreement?

Reading Time: 3 minutesA Buy/Sell Agreement (often called a Business Succession Agreement or Buyout Agreement) is a contract that allows for the future payout or sale of your business interests to your business partner(s) upon the occurrence of a trigger event. Typical trigger events include the death or disablement of one of the business partners. Buy/Sell Agreements are […]

Start Strong, Choose the Right Business Structure for Your Startup
Start Strong, Choose the Right Business Structure for Your Startup

Reading Time: 3 minutesThinking of starting a business? One of the first administrative steps is to decide upon your business structure. The business structure you choose will impact upon your startup costs, how much tax you pay, your personal liability, your control over the business and ongoing administrative expenses. Start on the right foot by seeking legal advice. […]

Top 5 Legal Mistakes to Avoid When Marketing
Top 5 Legal Mistakes to Avoid When Marketing

Reading Time: 3 minutesSo, you’re a small business owner and you want to increase your inbound leads? You turn to website development, social media, digital marketing or print or radio ads. That’s fantastic and really exciting. But there are legal pitfalls you could fall into and we’d like to help you avoid them so you can get on […]

Commercial Leases in Victoria. What Tenants Need To Know
Commercial Leases in Victoria: What Tenants Need To Know

Reading Time: 2 minutesRetail commercial leasing can be a complex area. Here is a guide to help you understand the key factors that may affect you and your business when you sign a retail lease. What is a Retail Lease? A retail lease is a type of commercial lease that relates to retail premises. Retail leases in Victoria […]

Australia avoids US steel and aluminium tariffs but will feel the effects of a trade war
Australia avoids US steel and aluminium tariffs but will feel the effects of a trade war

Reading Time: 3 minutesAustralia exempt from large US tariffs on imported steel and aluminium US President Trump announced that Australia, together with Brazil and Argentina would be exempt from large US tariffs on imported steel and aluminium. President Trump was of the opinion that exports from these three countries alone did not threaten US national security. The reasoning in respect […]

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What is a trademark?

Reading Time: 5 minutesA trademark refers to any ‘sign’ such as a word, phrase, symbol, image, shape, sound, smell, colour or combination of things that identifies and differentiates the goods or services of one trader from the similar goods or services of other traders.  A registered trademark gives the owner rights to use the trademark as registered (and […]