Kearley Lewis Debt Recovery

By Julie Lamers We’re nearing the end of the calendar year, and many of our   business customers may have recently reviewed their debt recovery processes and procedures, to ensure they maintain a healthy cash flow and minimise potential bad debts throughout this year. When your business is winning new business, it’s great for your…

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employment lawyer melbourne

By Adam Foster This year has seen many changes to the landscape of workplaces across Australia. Looking back, we can see that significant changes have either happened, or are on the way. A few noteworthy developments include the well-publicised changes to penalty rates for the retail and hospitality industries. Those changes will now come into…

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Australian Consumer Law Review

By Caroline James Consumer Affairs Australia New Zealand (CAANZ) has recently undertaken a comprehensive review of the Australian Consumer Law (ACL), a law that forms part of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth) and aims to provide vital protections to consumers. Currently, a person is taken to have acquired goods as a consumer if:…

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VOI

By Jessie Luu It is a noteworthy reminder that VOI is a mandatory requirement under sections 27AB(1) and 106A(1) of the Transfer of Land Act 1958 (Vic) for the Registrar of Title to register any dealings on property.  VOI is required for all parties in dealings on property. So, this will include: caveators and other interest…

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unfair contract terms

By Caroline James In November 2016, the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth) was amended to extend the prohibitions against ‘unfair contract terms’ to small businesses. We have written a number of articles on this topic which can be found here. In September 2017, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) initiated its first case…

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Verification of Identity

By Su-Ann Loh On 23 June 2017, Justice Beach of the Federal Court of Australia found the company Get Qualified Australia Pty Ltd (In Liq) liable for multiple breaches of the Australian Consumer Law (“ACL”). His Honour’s lengthy 102-page judgment makes for interesting reading because of his detailed analysis of the marketing strategies and business…

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Workplace Changes

By Amanda Carruthers The recent decision of the Supreme Court of New South Wales In the matter of OneSteel Manufacturing Pty Ltd has provided a clear warning about the consequences of incorrectly registering your security interests on the Personal Properties Security Register (“PPSR”). When registering your security interest on the PPSR, the details you are…

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By Joshua Davis Aveling Homes, a Perth-based home builder, is being taken to Court by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) for misleading representations concerning consumer review websites. It is alleged that the company created and controlled online review websites. They did this by actively creating review websites and giving the false impression that…

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