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Why are T&Cs important for businesses?

Why is it important to have Terms & Conditions for your business?

By Julian Ryan (Senior Associate) and Olivia Cassano (Lawyer) For many new start-ups and small businesses having a robust set of terms and conditions (T&Cs) is not the first priority. But getting your T&Cs right is crucial to the smooth operation of your business and ensuring healthy cashflow. Why are T&Cs important? Terms and Conditions … Read More

Victorian Buildings Beware – Are you compliant with your essential safety measures?

By Chloe Moorfoot, Partner and Malcolm Liu, Lawyer. Non-compliance with the Building Regulations 2018 (Regulations) for essential safety measures can result in serious consequences, including infringement notices, fines and prosecution. Additionally, the combustible cladding building inspections in Victoria are likely to expose buildings that are non-compliant with the essential safety measures. Therefore, is your building … Read More

international collaboration under the foreign arrangements scheme

A New Normal: International Collaboration Under the Foreign Arrangements Scheme

By Jenni Lightowlers, Partner & Julian Ryan, Senior Associate It has been more than 9 months since Australia’s new foreign relations legislation commenced.  While CRCs are not themselves subject to the new rules, many of their participants and project partners will be, and the longer timeframes required to undertake to due diligence and obtain the … Read More

There is no AI in Copyright, r-AI-ght?

By Maddison Reznik, Lawyer and Trade Mark Attorney It is a commercial reality that businesses want to improve efficiencies whilst retaining the best quality output. For some businesses, this means investing in artificially intelligent technology (“AI”). However, questions arise as to whether businesses will be giving up some benefits when recruiting AI to do their … Read More

upcoming broadening of unfair terms protections

Upcoming Bolstering of Unfair Terms Protections – What You Need to Know

By Rhys Munzel, Senior Associate Draft legislation was recently released proposing to bolster consumer and small business protections against unfair terms. Including, introducing penalties and a broader range of remedies against breaches of unfair terms protections. What are unfair terms? This concept has been protecting Australian consumers and small businesses from one-sided standard form contracts … Read More

dgrs to be registers with the acnc after 14th December 2021

2 Months to Go: DGRs to be ACNC-registered after 14 December 2021

By Julian Ryan, Senior Associate and Olivia Cassano, Lawyer. As of 14 December 2021, all non-government deductible gift recipients (DGRs) must also be registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC). Significantly, these recent changes are part of a broader reform to Australia’s DGR framework, first announced almost four years ago.  Moreover, one of … Read More

Combustible Cladding News Update – A Brief Reprieve But An Inevitable End

By Malcolm Liu, Lawyer and Chloe Moorfoot, Partner On 16 September 2021, the Building Amendment (Registration and Other Matters) Bill 2021 (Bill) passed the third reading in the First House: Legislative Assembly. Hence, amongst other amendments, section 49A of the Bill proposes to amend section 134(2) of the Building Act 1993 (Act) by extending the … Read More

Mandatory Vaccinations for Construction Workers – What does this mean for you?

By Chloe Moorfoot, Partner and Malcolm Liu, Lawyer. Significantly, on 16 September 2021, the Victorian Government announced that construction workers across Victoria will need to show evidence to their employer that they have had a first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine by 11:59pm this Thursday 23 September 2021. Moreover, public health officials have become increasingly … Read More

Rent Relief for Commercial Tenants in Victoria

By Chloe Moorfoot, Partner and Olivia Cassano, Lawyer In response to the financial hardship faced by commercial tenants as a result the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Victorian Government announced the reintroduction of the Commercial Tenancy Relief Scheme (the Scheme). The Scheme is set out in the Commercial Tenancy Relief Scheme Regulations 2021 (Regulations). The Regulations, … Read More

Epic Games v Apple: The effectiveness of exclusive jurisdiction clauses in Australia

By Peter Francis, Partner, and Olivia Cassano, Lawyer The Full Federal Court of Australia’s decision in Epic Games, Inc v Apple Inc [2021] FCAFC 122 confirms that, in certain circumstances, an exclusive jurisdiction clause will not always be enforced. What is an exclusive jurisdiction clause? Firstly, an exclusive jurisdiction law clause enables parties to an … Read More

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