News

Unfair Contracts Update – are you complying with the law?

The Unfair Contract Terms Regime (UCT Regime) was extended to cover standard form contracts entered into with ‘small business’ in November 2016. The Regime is fully operational and has a significant impact on the way Australian businesses contract with each other. It...

read more

Varying the terms of a Will after death

In Australia, a person is ‘technically’ free to choose who should benefit from his or her estate. Testamentary freedom is a well-founded principle. This principle however may be subject to community expectations of moral obligations. Consequently, in some...

read more

Employee or Contractor – do you know the difference?

It's important for all businesses to have systems in place to determine whether workers should be classified as employees or independent contractors, as tax, super and other government obligations are different depending on whether the working arrangement is...

read more

Purchasing a commercial property: technical due diligence

Purchasing a commercial property can be a significant financial investment for a buyer. In order to protect his or her potential investment, a buyer should take steps to investigate the risks of acquiring a commercial property and how to reduce those risks where...

read more

Business structures: sole trader

When commencing a business venture, it is necessary to consider the most appropriate type of business structure to put in place. Different business structures have different benefits and disadvantages. This article looks at the sole trader business structure - how to...

read more

Personal liability for company directors

A company is an association incorporated under the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) (the ‘Act’). The effect of incorporation gives the company a separate entity, distinct from its directors and shareholders. It can enter into contracts, sue and be sued in its own right....

read more

Wills for blended families

Wills for blended families are particularly important. A blended family is a family in which one or both partners have a child or children from a previous relationship. Careful estate planning now should ensure that all of your intended beneficiaries are provided for...

read more

Understanding easements in your property contract

Identifying and understanding easements in a property transaction is an important part of the conveyancing process. Vendors are required to disclose all easements affecting the land they propose to sell in a property contract, and buyers should ensure they are aware...

read more

What to do if you are injured in a motor vehicle accident

If you have been injured in a motor accident in New South Wales, you may be able to access benefits available under the compulsory third party scheme (CTP scheme).Compulsory third-party insurance (also known as ‘greenslip insurance’) is mandatory for all registered...

read more