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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 […]



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 […]



When Business Founders Fight and Have a Falling Out

June 9, 2017 | Simone Pentis

Over the last few months the media has picked up on the court fight that erupted between two founders of Grill’d, the burger chain group operating throughout Australia via a network of company and franchised operations. Unlike, many franchise systems, this network has more company owned than franchised stores in its’ 140 outlet chain network. […]



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 […]



Company Owned vs Franchised Operations – What Does This Mean?

May 8, 2017 | Simone Pentis

Generally, from my experience if you operate within a franchise system, most stores, outlets and/or operations will be franchised rather than company owned. While a few franchise systems take a different approach and have relatively equal numbers of franchised and company owned operations, this tends to not be the common practice, especially as a system […]



Avoid Being a Victim of Trademark Scams

May 1, 2017 | Binh Rey

My clients have been calling me recently and emailing me FAKE trademark registration invoices from Africa, Budapest and Eastern Europe. They have also been emailed by Chinese trademark companies demanding payment for infringement or registration of their business name or services brand, the letter warning if they don’t pay they will lose their rights to […]



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 […]