Publications

Update on Personal Property Security Register

The Personal Property Securities Register (PPSR) is a national, electronic register of security interests in personal property that was established ...
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Challenging a Will in Victoria

Claims can be made for further provision from a deceased estate if relatives or loved ones believe that insufficient provision ...
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Important things to consider when buying a business

If you are considering buying a business there are many things you need to do from a legal, financial and ...
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Support for all Women and Teenage Girls in Australia

Violence against women is a significant human rights issue in Victoria. It goes without saying that all women have a ...
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Social media and the workplace – employees take care

We live in an age characterised by a rise in the use of social media – Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, ...
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Unfair Contracts Update – are you complying with the law

From 12 November 2016 the current Unfair Contract Terms Regime (UCT Regime) has been extended to cover standard form contracts ...
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Employee or Contractor – do you know the difference?

It's important for all businesses to have systems in place to determine whether workers should be classified as employees or ...
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Does your business have a Will?

Most people recognise the importance of having a Will to determine how their estate is distributed when they pass. If ...
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Binding Death Benefit Nominations and your Self-Managed Superannuation Fund

Superannuation in Australia is governed by the Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act 1993 (Cth) (SIS Act) and Income Tax Assessment Act ...
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Commercial leases – Responsibility for repairs and maintenance

A commercial lease is a legally binding contract that gives a tenant certain rights over a property for a set ...
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Being the executor in a deceased estate

After a person dies someone has to look after the assets of that person and pay the person's debts. Although ...
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Does your employment contract measure up?

If you are entering into an employment contract do you know what should be included? If you are an employer ...
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Fair Work Commission Anti-Bullying Orders explained

The Fair Work Commission has powers to make anti-bullying orders when a worker has been bullied by an individual or ...
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Buying a property at auction Things you need to know BEFORE the auction day

Buying a property can often be an intimidating process, especially at auction where you are competing with other buyers and ...
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An Overview of Guarantees and Indemnities

It is important that anyone who is asked to provide a guarantee or indemnity understands precisely what their liabilities are ...
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We welcome Peter Bourke to the team as a solicitor. Peter completed his Bachelor of Commerce in 2010 and completed ...
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Traps to Avoid when buying a Property – pre contract inspections

Traps to Avoid when buying a Property – pre contract inspections Buying a home is the biggest investment or financial ...
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Everyone is talking about ‘corporate governance’…. But what does this actually mean?

Everyone is talking about ‘corporate governance’…. But what does this actually mean? In recent times the term ‘corporate governance’, and ...
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The Power of a Statutory Demand

The Power of a Statutory Demand If you are in business, whether it’s in the capacity of a company director, ...
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What to do if you receive an ATO Director Penalty Notice

Did you know that company directors may potentially become personally liable for unremitted Pay As You Go (PAYG) deductions and ...
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Verification of Identity in property transactions

Verification of Identity (VOI) is a process used to confirm the identity of a person. The VOI process is essential ...
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Important changes to stamp duty for spouse transfers from 1 July 2017. Act now.

The recent Victorian Budget made a significant change to existing exemption on stamp duty for spousal transfers.  The current position ...
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Choosing a Business Structure

There are 4 main types of business structures for doing business in Australia, each with their own advantages and disadvantages ...
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How Effective are your Post Employment Restraints

Much damage can be done to a business where an executive or senior manager resigns taking valuable customer information and ...
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Protecting Your Cashflow – The Importance Of Your Terms Of Trade

Terms of Trade are the terms and conditions on which a business sells goods and services to customers and on ...
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Property Tax Update

The Victorian Government has recently announced changes to Stamp Duty and the First Home Buyers Grant, which aim to make ...
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A Guide to Buying Commercial Premises

Buying a commercial property (such as a warehouse, office building or retail space) is more complicated than buying a residential ...
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What is an Agreement to Lease

What is an Agreement to Lease? When renting business related property it is important for both landlords and tenants to ...
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Securing Personal Debts

It is crucial that people who have a security interest in personal property take it seriously or risk losing their ...
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Testamentary Trusts

Testamentary trusts can be very effective estate planning tools to assist in providing for spouses, children and grandchildren, and are ...
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Understanding a Commercial Lease

When renting business related property, it is important for both Landlords and Tenants to understand the relationship they are entering ...
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Making Your Will Count – Healthy Will Checklist

It is important for everyone over 18 to have a Will to make sure their wishes are followed and their ...
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Is your sexual harassment policy cyber proof?

In the Australian workplace, “sexual harassment” has formally been unlawful since at least 1984. One major issue for employers to ...
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Who Will Take Control Of Your Company When You Die?

While it may be true that you can’t take it with you, it is vital that you know who will ...
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Protect Your Reputation – Don’t Do Business With Out A Registered Trade Mark

Your name may be your most valuable asset and marketing tool. Whether you provide professional services or goods consumers will ...
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Protect Your Most Valuable Asset

Many people believe that the most valuable asset a business has is its name. It is your public face, the ...
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Problems with Debtors?

Chasing customers for unpaid bills can be a major battle and the source of endless frustration, not to mention the ...
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Personal Property Securities Act

On 30 January 2012, the new unified Federal law for the registration and enforcement of security over personal property came ...
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How to Avoid Disputes between Business Owners

Disputes between business owners, whether they are partnership disputes, shareholder disputes or unit trust disputes, are a reality of business ...
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Guide to the Personal Property Securities Act 2009

In October the Personal Property Securities Act 2009 (Cth) comes into operation; this law is the most significant and far ...
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Essential Information for Owners of a Business Name

So, you’ve begun your own business. You’ve decided on a marketable business name and registered it with the Consumer and ...
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Employee Restraints of Trade are enforceable

A recent decision of the Supreme Court of Queensland serves as a reminder that courts will enforce employment restraints. The ...
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How to find the right lawyer in a Commercial Dispute case

If your business or one you know (or an individual) is facing litigation, either because another party is threatening it, ...
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Extension of the unfair contracts regime to small businesses

The Federal Government has passed a bill extending the unfair contract term protections of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 ...
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Debt Recovery Basics for Business

Debt recovery basics for business If you are owed money for goods or services, the first step in attempting to ...
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Intellectual Property for business

Intellectual property (IP) is the property of your mind or proprietary knowledge and can be an invention, a trade mark, ...
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Avoiding redundancy traps

Employers can easily fall into dispute with their employees by failing to properly handle redundancies. There is often uncertainty surrounding ...
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Important changes to Vendor’s Statement

Anyone who sells land in Victoria is required to disclose certain information to the purchaser by providing a disclosure statement ...
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Does your privacy policy comply with the privacy laws?

New privacy laws were introduced in March 2014, the laws known as the Australian Privacy Principles are a new set ...
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Are you a director of an insolvent company?

During difficult economic conditions it is important that all directors revisit their duties as directors and are aware of how ...
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Directors Liability – The Director’s Nightmare

A CASE STUDY As a company director your liability for the activities carried out during your tenure continues even after ...
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Directors Liability

A Company and its directors are different entities. A Company can be “a person” in itself. If a contract is ...
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Confidential information and trade secrets – are you protected?

All businesses value their know-how, customer details, products, inventions, and business data. Most businesses regard this information as confidential or ...
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Changes to warranty and packaging requirements: Are your clients ready?

From 1 January 2012 manufacturers and suppliers of goods will need to meet new specific requirements if they provide warranties ...
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Buy-sell agreement or business succession agreement

If your business is a company or partnership in which the ownership and management are corresponding, entering into a buy-sell ...
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Asset Protection: Six steps toward personal security

If you are like most people you are too busy building assets to spend much time thinking about protecting them ...
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Asset Protection: Putting in place a strategy

Clients often want to put asset protection strategies in place when it is already too late. Generally it is only ...
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Asset Protection: Does your company structure truly protect your assets?

Many people incorrectly believe that having assets in a company will protect those assets from being claimed by creditors or ...
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Asset Protection

In Australia, one in every three Australians is either suing or being sued. New South Wales is the third most ...
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