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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 […]



Unfair Contract Terms Regime Now In Play

March 13, 2017 | Simone Pentis

2016 was a big year for the franchising sector, not only was it one year after the implementation of the new Franchising Code, but the unfair contract terms regime also came into effect from 12 November 2016 (“commencement date”). From the above commencement date this unfair contract terms regime applied to any standard form agreement […]



Protecting Your Digital Assets

February 27, 2017 | Katherine Hawes

A digital asset is anything you own or have rights to that is accessed via the internet or by any other form of digital technology.  There are five main digital assets a business should be accessing and controlling.  They are domain names, hosting, SSL certificates, social media accounts and the website itself.  Let’s look at […]



Franchisee Employee Matters – Matter!

February 14, 2017 | Simone Pentis

Last year we provided an update regarding the issues the 7-Eleven franchise network’s suffered as a result of the failures of a number of its franchisee’s meeting their employer obligations. These issues have been an ongoing saga for the network, where following the Fair Work Ombudsman’s further investigations, the Fair Work Ombudsman has now published […]



Check Your Financial Health in Just 5 Minutes

January 19, 2017 | Marisa Hoffenberg

While we regularly check our skin for wrinkles, spots and stray hairs and our body for every bump or wobble – our finances go largely unchecked. Yes, we look at monthly inflows and outflows, but not the larger picture. As our finances do not stare back at us in the mirror everyday, they are pretty […]



Franchising Expos: The Due Diligence and Opportunities – First Steps

November 2, 2016 | Simone Pentis

A few months ago I participated within a Franchising Expo where I came face to face with numerous members of the public looking to either become a franchisor by franchising their existing business or instead make a purchase direct from a franchisor and/or one of their franchisees to become apart of their franchise network. Franchising […]



Good Faith – It’s Important and is Here to Stay and Grow!

October 5, 2016 | Simone Pentis

In 2015 any debate as to whether there are obligations to act in Good Faith within the franchising industry ended with the Franchising Code of Conduct (the main law regulating franchising in Australia) expressly confirming Good Faith exists in franchising and cannot be excluded or limited. The obligation to act in Good Faith applies before, […]



Protecting The Franchise Brand

September 7, 2016 | Simone Pentis

Given a franchise group’s brand may be one of its most valuable assets, franchisors should be continually reviewing its own and its franchisees activities to ensure that the franchisor is actively managing and protecting its brand. There are a number of steps franchisors can take to protect their brand, some of these include a Franchisor […]



3 Things Successful Investors Do In Volatile Times

August 18, 2016 | Marisa Hoffenberg

One would be forgiven for fearing the turmoil of the world. With the news awash with suicide bomb attacks; trucks that plough into innocent pedestrians and the political world resembling teenage pop concert. Leaders have come and left the stage, firing up audiences with wild statements and leaving with wardrobe malfunctions. Of course, the share […]