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As Your Life Changes, So Should Your Will!

August 14, 2017 | Katherine Hawes

Most Australians are surely well aware that everyone needs a Will to make sure their wishes are carried out after they pass away. But did you know that creating a Will is not something that you can simply tick off your to-do list? There are many life events that necessitate an update to a person’s […]



Processes and Systems – Are they working to keep you on the good side of the ACCC.

August 3, 2017 | Simone Pentis

Half way through the year and the ACCC are definitely keeping active in the Franchise sector. Following on from our prior blog dealing with the ACCC’s infringement notice against the Domino’s Franchisor, the ACCC has since taken action against the Franchisor of Ultra Tunes and the Franchisor of Geowash. While both of these franchise systems are […]



Working from Home – The Legal Issues

July 12, 2017 | Katherine Hawes

Australians are loving the greater freedom that working from home offers. With the growing influence of the internet and improvements in technology, its easy to understand why this working arrangement has become more and more popular. In fact, ABS data released in August 2016 reveals that almost one-third of all employed people regularly work from […]



News Update – Get Prepared the ACCC are Taking Action

July 6, 2017 | Simone Pentis

Earlier this year in May, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (“ACCC”) issued its first infringement notices for alleged breaches under Australia’s updated Franchising Code of Conduct (“Code”) that resulted in civil penalties being paid by a Franchisor.  What this means for Franchisors is that the ACCC are ready to take action, and under the […]



Harnessing The Power of Social Media

June 14, 2017 | Katherine Hawes

Social media is no longer a luxury marketing tool for businesses; to stay in the market share race social media is now mandatory.  It is exciting technology and an extremely cost effective and successful marketing tool.  How do we harness the power of social media and stand out in the crowd of information overload in […]



The Importance of Social Media Policies

May 17, 2017 | Katherine Hawes

In today’s digital age, social media is everywhere and businesses not using it are getting left behind.  Social media is a vehicle to cost effective, fast and far reaching promotion for businesses however with social media moving faster than the law, what happens legally and financially if something goes wrong?  How can we minimise the […]



Business Structures – Superannuation Funds

April 19, 2017 | Katherine Hawes

The last decade has seen a massive growth in Australian individuals and families opting to manage their own Superannuation retirement savings.  The self-management and growth of retirement savings is in the form of a Self-Managed Superannuation Fund (SMSF).  APRA reported that SMSF assets at the end of March 2016, was $589.9 billion.  This is almost […]



New Joint Liability Laws Are Coming !

April 12, 2017 | Simone Pentis

On 1 March 2017, the Federal Government introduced the Fair Work Amendment (Protecting Vulnerable Workers) Bill 2017 (“Amendment Bill”) to amend the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (“FWA”), which for the franchising industry will effectively make franchisors and their holding companies potentially liable for their franchisees and subsidiary’s dealings with its employees in certain situations. […]



Business Structures – Sole Trader

March 24, 2017 | Katherine Hawes

In Australia, there are four main business structures commonly used by small businesses.  They are; sole trader, partnerships, companies and trusts.  Each structure has its advantages depending on the needs of the business in the areas of tax, asset protection, control and succession, flexibility as well as set-up and ongoing costs.  In this blog we […]