Business & Commercial Law

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.

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.

Trade Mark 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.

Debt Recovery Harassment & Coercion

Debt collection agency harassed & coerced debtors


High pressure debt recovery techniques used by debt recovery agencies may not be permitted in the future, and may carry significant ramifications. Read More.

Starting a Craft Brewery Business

Starting A Craft Brewery


Opening a brewery & taproom requires careful planning & compliance with various pieces of legislation. Here are some key points on starting a brewery business. Read More.

Brewery Crowdfunding and d

Brewery & Distillery Crowdfunding


Increasingly we are seeing more craft breweries (independent brewers) and distilleries raise capital through crowdfunding campaigns (both reward based and equity based). Read More.

Mandatory Pregnancy Warning Label on Alcohol

Mandatory Pregnancy Warning Label On Alcohol


In October 2018, the Australia and New Zealand Ministerial Forum on Food Regulation agreed to develop and introduce a mandatory labelling standard for pregnancy warning labels on packaged alcoholic beverages. It is expected that the mandatory labelling standard will be formally announced in mid-late 2019. Read More.