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Business & Commercial Law

Contracting Principles for Small Business

Contracts are a fundamental part of operating a small business. Selling goods, purchasing materials, leasing premises and employing workers all involve entering into legally binding contracts. It is important to understand the essential elements of a contract so that you can develop solid business arrangements. A solicitor can assist your business develop best practices. It […]

Getting over overseas employment immigration

Australia has certain industries where overseas staff are needed. Businesses are allowed to recruit and employ staff from overseas (non-residents) with a right to be employed in Australia. This may be on a temporary or permanent basis. Temporary 457 visas This subclass 457 visa is valid between 3 months to 4 years and involves 3 […]

What you need to know about buying a franchise

It sounds ideal – a solid business opportunity where you still get to be your own boss. If you are considering buying a franchise you need to make sure that you are buying into a solid business opportunity and not a scam. Before you sign on the dotted line be aware of the following issues […]

Australian Consumer Law

Since 1 January 2011, all Australian businesses have been operating under a new, national consumer law. The Trade Practices Act 1974 (Cth) has been renamed the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth). Schedule 2 of that statute sets out the new Australian Consumer Law (ACL). The ACL replaced provisions in 20 national, state and territorial […]

Small Business: Working with Contracts

For most small businesses, contracts are part of everyday life. Whether selling goods, purchasing materials, employing staff, negotiating and signing on arrangements with customers, clients and providers, it is important to understand contracts and their implications for establishing best practice and solid business agreements. It is imperative to become familiar with the essentials of contracts, […]

Business & Commercial Law January 1, 2011

Paid Parental Leave – a small scheme for small businesses?

Australia’s first national Paid Parental Leave scheme, with effect from 1 January 2011, is great for parents, but what are the effects on small business? Small facts Paid Parental Leave payments are: government funded; for eligible working parents of children born or adopted on or after 1 January 2011; transferable to the other parent; paid […]

Business & Commercial Law December 1, 2010

Doing Your Homework – Due Diligence

It may be surprising to learn that few people are aware of the vast array of tools and sources of information that are available to learn more about their suppliers, potential business partners and customers.  In an online world, this can easily flow both ways though and there may be more information available about your […]

Being Sued

Introduction Litigation is an unpleasant and stressful experience for a small business to go through. Most small business owners prefer to focus on what actually makes their business grow and operate, rather than dwelling on past mistakes or analysing small administrative details. Unfortunately, being sued can often be about very little details that happened in […]