Business & Commercial Law

casual conversion

Fair Work Casual Conversion Deadline Looming: An Employer's Legal Guide


Recent changes to the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (FW Act) have imposed significant obligations on employers in relation to their casual workers. Among these is the requirement for certain employers to assess and convert certain casual employees to permanent (full-time or part-time) employment by the deadline of 27 September 2021. Read More.

Franchising Code Amendments

Franchising Code Amendments: In force 1 July 2021


On 1 July 2021 amendments to the Franchising Code of Conduct took effect. The Franchising Code Amendments further tighten the obligations on Franchisors in a number of respects. In particular, in relation to disclosure, with both new and amended documentation required. Read More.

Family Trust

Professionally Maintain Your Family Trust or Risk Legal Proceedings


The recent case of Onza Industries Pty Ltd v Tingalpa Tyre & Mechanical Pty Ltd [2021] QSC 1 demonstrates the consequences of miscommunication when purchasing joint properties under a family trust. Further, Onza v Tingalpa displays the importance for families to properly and professionally maintain their family trusts in order to circumvent needless legal proceedings. Read More.

Quantum Meruit

Quantum Meruit: Roude v Helwani [2020] MSWCA 310


The recent decision of Roude v Helwani (‘Roude’) by the New South Wales Court of Appeal concerned a builder’s claim for payment on a quantum meruit basis and the requirements for establishing that cause of action, specifically whether the builder was required to lead evidence of the market rate for the work performed. Read More.


COVID-19: Changes to development approvals


Like most sectors of the economy, developers and the construction industry is not immune from the impacts of the COVID-19 crisis. Major disruption to supply chains and possible difficulty sourcing materials means many development projects may be delayed. Following a number of workers on several construction sites in Australia testing positive for COVID-19, worker shortages or the temporary shutdown of construction sites is also a very real possibility. Read More.

commercial lawyers

Mandatory Code: Commercial & retail leases


On 7 April 2020, the Prime Minister announced the creation of a mandatory Code of Conduct (the Code) to apply to certain commercial and retail leases during the COVID-19 crisis. Read More.


Miss out on ‘JobKeeper’? Here are some options for Employers


What are the alternative options for employers who don't meet the 'JobKeeper' requirements? Employers may be forced to stand-down or make their staff redundant in order to adjust to the changing climate. Each avenue is governed by strict guidelines. Read More.

non-use removal proceedings

Trademark Non-Use Removal Proceedings – Use It Or Lose It!


Trade mark owners should carefully review their intellectual property licence arrangements to ensure use by their licensees is considered authorised use to mitigate the risk of successful non-use removal proceedings. Read More.

Leases for Breweries

Leases for Breweries


Think ahead before signing a lease and recognise the difficulties that may arise - work with the landlord on creating a suitable arrangement for both parties. Properly drafted clauses benefit landlords too as, if there is a dispute and the landlord seeks damages, the recovery amount after the litigation process is often less than the actual cost of litigating. Read More.

Employment Law Discrimination

Laws Against Discrimination in the Workplace


Employment law is a complex area of law and there are many laws relating to employment which can be overwhelming for both employers and employees. This article covers some of the basic principles regarding workplace diversity, discrimination and dismissal which are so often intertwined. Read More.

Distilling alcohol

Distilling alcohol (spirits / liquor) in Australia


Using a still of any capacity to make spirits is illegal in Australia without holding an ‘excise manufacturer licence’ irrespective of whether it is for ‘personal use’ or sale. Read More.

Brewdog Crowdfunding

Brewdog: Pioneers of beer and crowdfunding


‘BrewDog’ was started in 2007 in the UK by two men, Martin Dickie and James Watt (and a dog). 12 years later and BrewDog is now one of the most successful brewers in the UK operating 50 bars in the UK, 24 internationally and now a number of ‘beer hotels’. Read More.