[EP 037] The ACCC gets active suing businesses for unfair contract terms – Are you also in the firing line?
Two cases under the Unfair Contracts Legislation have now hit the courts in September this year. Find out what clauses the ACCC deemed unfair, what industries they’re targeting and what they’re seeking out of all this.
[EP 036] Recognising Signs of Insolvency Risks Part 2: Top things many business owners and accountants miss
To close this two-part series on the area of insolvency risks with Antony de Vries of the DVT Group, we dig deeper into the warning signals and discuss the underlying concepts that business owners and their accountants should be looking out for.
[EP 035] Recognising Signs of Insolvency Risks Part 1: Top things many business owners and accountants miss
To open this two-part series, we look into the real risks of company insolvency and what to do when it's calling on the door. Antony de Vries, the founding partner of DVT Group, joins us and shares his insights from his decades of experience helping...
[EP 034] Legislation Alert : New Credit Card Surcharge Rules
New changes to legislation relating to surcharges on credit card transactions came into effect on the 1st of September 2017! In about 10 minutes, learn everything you need to know about what these changes mean for your business, whether large or small.
[EP 033] Quick Tips: What you need to know about business structures
In this session of Quick Tips, we'll talk about business structure; the different types and the top two things to look into when you're considering whether or not your business structure is correct today and for where your business might be into the future.
[EP 032] Quick Tips: How to get out of unfair contract terms if you are a small business
How does the unfair contracts legislation work for small businesses? Learn the answer to this question in this Quick Tips session.
[EP 031] Quick Tips: Sylvester Stallone and Profit Share Deals
Welcome to the very first episode in our Quick Tips series. In this episode, we talk about the risks with profit share and revenue share deals and how we can deal with them contractually.
[EP 029] Help! I think I have a descriptive trade mark
In this episode, we discuss issues relating to descriptive trade marks. We are also giving out our Trade mark Information Pack if you’re interested in finding out how trade mark registration might work for you.
[EP 028] A Slice of Advice – What Pizza Has to do With Your Contractors
What is sham contracting? And what are the consequences of incorrectly classifying an employee as an independent contractor? Elizabeth Lee answers these questions through lessons learned from a recent action against a Pizza Hut franchisee.
[EP 026] Firm but Fair: Limiting your exposure to an Unfair Dismissal Claim
The issue of terminating employees can be a really difficult area for employers to navigate. And it's an issue that comes up time and time again with our clients. To give this subject the proper treatment that it deserves, we have on board Jayne Qorraj, who heads up the Employment and Litigation division at Aspect Legal.
[EP 025] Common Mistakes People Make in the area of Trade marks
We're all about trying to save our clients and our listeners on this show from some of the issues that we have seen in the past. To do just that, we've invited our very own trade marks expert at Aspect Legal, Grace Yi, to talk about the common mistakes that people make in this area.
[EP 024] Not happy, Jan! Sensis smackdown under new Small Business Unfair Contracts regime
If you're a small business or if you deal with small businesses as contractors or as suppliers, you should really be thinking about how this new legislation might apply in your business situations and what the legislation means for you and your organisation in the approach that you're taking to your contracts.
[EP 023] Loose Lips Sink Ships: Defamation and its consequences for you
Defamation is an area of law that involves a publication in any form whatsoever about someone that might be considered to cause harm to someone else. A lot of people think it only has to be something that's actually written down or something that's spoken. But that's not the case at all.
[EP 022] Out of Sight, Out of Mind? The agreements you need for your offshore staff
In this episode, we answer a listener question about putting together contracts for offshore workers and the sorts of agreements that need to be in there. These agreements are particularly important because offshore staff are as much a part of your team as staff you sit with in the office.
[EP 021] What to Look Out for in Commercial Leases
Many business owners need to consider entering into property leases at some point in running their business. In this week's episode, we've invited our very own expert on commercial leases, Elizabeth Lee, to share her wealth of experience in this area of law.
[EP 020] Google’s Bad Case of the Ex: Uber important lessons to learn about exiting employees
We take a look at a recent case by Google against one of its former employees that throws up some very interesting issues for businesses of all sizes. In this episode, we will also identify the most common issues caused by exiting staff members and the simple steps an organisation can put in place to protect...
[EP 019] Progress Made Possible: Tips for securing your research and development grant
We invited Greg Will of Armstrong Dawson to share his expertise in the area of research and development grants. In less than 20 minutes, find out when you may claim R&D grants, what sorts of expenditures it may apply to, what sorts of things to avoid, and many more!
[EP 018] What does climate change have to do with a director’s risk of personal liability?
A new legal opinion in Australia warned that directors who don't properly consider climate related risks could be found liable for breaching their duty of care and diligence. This reminds us of how important it is for directors to be acutely aware of how far their director's duties can potentially extend.
[EP 017] The Risks Lurking in Your Inbox
Email technology has changed the face and pace of business today. As the primary medium for how we communicate, we find our inboxes swamped with more and more emails. This exponentially increasing volume of business documentation makes email management a real legal nightmare!
[EP 016] Streamlining the Contracting Process
In the last episode, I talked about issues caused by a lack of sufficient detail in contracts or even worse, a failure to have a finalised contract before performance starts (which happens more often than you might think). Today, we're going to discuss how you can streamline your contracting process with some actionable tips and suggestions.
[EP 015] The Cost of Developing a Contract Versus the Cost of Litigation
Whilst you might have the strongest relationships in place now, tomorrow a business might be sold, there might be new management, we might have a new GFC. Whilst a contract won’t prevent all problems from ever arising, it will at least put you in a much more powerful position to demand compliance with an agreement by another party.
[EP 014] From Hero to Zero: Lessons from Rhodes & Beckett’s fall from grace
The fashion world was taken by surprise a few weeks ago when major retailer Rhodes and Beckett and their sister chain Herringbone closed their doors. Here are some tips on how you can apply lessons learned from the collapse of this upmarket label.
[EP 013] Demystifying indemnity clauses
Indemnity clauses often carry an enormous amount of risk, that often can far exceed the value of a contract. So in this episode we explore the main risks in indemnity clauses that you might be signing, and on the flip side, the way to use indemnity clauses best to provide protections.
[EP 012] Tying Up Legal Loose Ends for a Fresh Start
The new year is a perfect time to tackle the legal loose ends in a business in order to start the year with a clean slate and a fresh start! In this episode, we run through the top 7 areas of focus in getting legals in any organisation ship shape for the year to come.
[EP 011] Understanding Commonly Used Contract Terms
It's really important for anyone who deals with contracts to understand everything that's in the contracts. So in this episode, we're going to run through some common boilerplate terms and explain what they mean.
[EP 010] Who owns IP relating to your contracts and your organization
Intellectual property is property of the mind as distinct from real property like for example a table. If a table is stolen, we'll know because the table isn't there anymore.
[EP 009] Tips for Avoiding Unfair Dismissal Claims
We want to talk today about all of the things that you can do differently. The small things that you can put in place in your business to try and set it up into the position that you’re able to avoid the risk of unfair dismissal claims or at least reduce the risk as much as possible.
[EP 008] Debunking MoUs
In this episode we share some helpful tips and insights on the ins and outs of MoUs. Memorandums of Understanding (often shortened to the acronym MoU) are documents that are widely used in commercial settings - so today we delve into what they are, what they should contain and the sorts of risks that you should be aware of in using them.
[EP 007] Answering Common Questions About Trademarks
Today we are talking about the frequently asked questions that we receive in relation to trade marks so we can tackle some of the issues that we hear time and time again. I’ve got a whole heap of questions here. I'll run through them one by one.
[EP 006] Clauses in Contracts You Sign: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
In this episode we are talking about the top things you should be looking out for in contracts that come across your desk, and the risks of glossing over the detail.
[EP 004] Setting Up Client Relationships Correctly from the Start
One common legal issue businesses face are problems that crop up from time to time with clients. This can lead to clients paying slowly, or not at all, costly and time consuming disputes, and brand damage. In this episode we discuss how having the right approach from the start can help you to avoid most of these problems.
[EP 003] Understanding the New Unfair Contracts Legislation and How the Legislation Impacts Your Business
A New Legislation commenced on November 12, 2016. If you are a business owner, listen in to understand how this impacts your business.
[EP 002] Investigating the Different Types of Business Structures and How to Know which Is Best for You
Careful planning and choosing the right structure for your business makes a lot of difference. So in this episode, we'll help you understand the different structures, the pros and cons, and what action steps you can do today.