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Protecting Small Businesses from Unfair Contract Terms

By Daniel Van Leuverden / December 11, 2015 /

By Su-Ann Loh In our June 2015 edition of Directions, Peter North wrote an article on the government’s continuing drive to extend protections to consumer contracts by proposing amendments to the Australian Consumer Law to capture unfair contract terms. (You can read Peter’s article here). In October 2015, the bill for the amendment to the Australian…

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Unfair Consumer Contract Term Protections Will Extend to More Small Businesses

By Daniel Van Leuverden / October 19, 2015 /

By Peter North and Caroline James The Senate has supported the proposed extension of unfair consumer contract terms to small businesses extending the coverage to 95% of small businesses. The Treasury Legislation Amendment (Small Business and Unfair Contract Terms) Bill 2015 was passed by the Senate on 14 September 2015. On 13 October 2015 the…

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Get Ready – Unfair Consumer Contract Term Protections to Extend to Small Businesses

By Lewis Holdway / August 17, 2015 /

The Treasury Legislation Amendment (Small Business and Unfair Contract Terms) Bill 2015 was introduced in the House of Representatives on 24 June 2015 and is scheduled to enter the Senate shortly. If passed, this Bill will extend the unfair contract term protections that are currently available to consumers to small businesses. We believe that the…

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But that’s Unfair! Extension of Unfair Contract Term Protections to Small Business

By Lewis Holdway / May 11, 2015 /

The Government is continuing its drive to extend the consumer unfair contract terms protections applying to standard form consumer contracts to small business by releasing an Exposure Draft of the proposed amending legislation Treasury Legislation Amendment (Small Business and Unfair Contract Terms) Bill 2015. The Exposure Draft provides that the unfair contract terms protections will…

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Personal Guarantees: Risks and Rewards

By Daniel Van Leuverden / March 11, 2015 /

A standard business practice of many corporations – particularly direct suppliers of goods and services, and banking institutions – is the requirement that a credit account be accompanied by personal guarantee. This is unsurprising, given current corporate insolvency rates, and the inherent risk that if a corporate debtor goes into liquidation, the supplier may receive…

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5 things you need to know about privacy law

5 Things You Need to Know About Privacy

By Lewis Holdway / November 12, 2014 /

Privacy – it’s a broad topic so save time and read the top 5 things we think you need to know. 1.  There is no general common law or legislative right to the protection of personal privacy in Australia By personal privacy, we mean the protection of a person’s private life. This is distinct from…

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Succession Planning – What’s your exit strategy?

By Lewis Holdway / October 24, 2014 /

Are you a business owner? Do you have a succession plan? Most business owners are so concerned with satisfying customers, growing the business, and well, life, to think too much about it. “It’s too far off; I don’t have to think about it”, they say. As we get older though, those two little words grow…

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Subdivisions and Economies of Scale

By Lewis Holdway / July 8, 2014 /

Most people understand the idea that if you buy in bulk, you can usually get a better price. So what happens if you’re a developer who is subdividing and selling off lots – can you get a better deal on your legal fees for every transaction? We are currently using innovations in technology to try and…

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Do you need to change your approach to Privacy?

By Lewis Holdway / April 11, 2014 /

Are you involved in a business with a turnover of more than 3 million? Do you receive health related information? If you answered yes to either of those questions, then the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) applies to you and you will likely have to make some changes. Some of the key changes are: 1. You…

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