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Parliamentary Joint Committee Report on Fairness in Franchising

March 2019 Parliamentary Joint Committee Report on Fairness in Franchising Key Takeaways The Parliamentary Join Committee (Committee) released its long-awaited report on Thursday 14 March 2019. The Committee has made 71 recommendations for change to laws related to franchising, including but not limited to the Franchising Code of Conduct (Code). Retail Lease recommendations were specifically [...]

By | 2019-03-18T16:57:55+11:00 March 18th, 2019|Business, Consumer Law, Franchising, Leasing, Retail|Comments Off on Parliamentary Joint Committee Report on Fairness in Franchising

Court confirms pattern of conduct by Franchisor unconscionable, misleading and deceptive

March 2019 The Federal Court of Australia confirms that a pattern of conduct by a car wash Franchisor (Geowash)  was unconscionable, misleading and deceptive, and in breach of an obligation to act in good faith Key Takeaways A Court may determine a franchisor has engaged in unconscionable conduct or did not act in good faith [...]

By | 2019-03-15T10:30:11+11:00 March 15th, 2019|Business, Consumer Law, Contract Law, Retail|Comments Off on Court confirms pattern of conduct by Franchisor unconscionable, misleading and deceptive

Court Awarded Security for Costs Despite a Litigation Funder’s Indemnity Against Adverse Costs

March 2019 Court Awarded Security for Costs Despite a Litigation Funder's Indemnity Against Adverse Costs Key Takeaways The fact that the Plaintiff company is in liquidation or in the process of winding up in insolvency does not always mean that it will be unable to pay the litigation costs and the costs order. The Court [...]

By | 2019-03-11T13:58:30+11:00 March 6th, 2019|Business, Dispute Resolution, Insolvency, Litigation|Comments Off on Court Awarded Security for Costs Despite a Litigation Funder’s Indemnity Against Adverse Costs

Distributions to Creditors by a Liquidator Justified, Despite Claims from Former Employees

February 2019 Distributions to Creditors by a Liquidator Justified, Despite Claims from Former Employees Key Takeaways  Distributions to the creditors of a company by a Liquidator can, in certain circumstances, be justified, even if there remain claims by former employees. A Liquidator ignoring claims of the former employees of a company with respect to their [...]

By | 2019-02-01T16:34:03+11:00 February 1st, 2019|Business, Insolvency, Workplace Law|Comments Off on Distributions to Creditors by a Liquidator Justified, Despite Claims from Former Employees

Search and Seizure of Company’s Property, Books and Records by a Liquidator

January 2019 Search and Seizure of Company's Property, Books and Records by a Liquidator Key Takeaways A persistent pattern of non-cooperation and evasion of a person who is in possession of the company’s property or books is sufficient to satisfy the requirements in s 530C of the Corporation Act 2001 (Cth) (Act) and for the [...]

By | 2019-02-01T16:25:21+11:00 January 29th, 2019|Business, Insolvency|Comments Off on Search and Seizure of Company’s Property, Books and Records by a Liquidator

More choice, tailored products and lower prices!  Impacts of Consumer Data Right legislation.

October 2018 More choice, tailored products and lower prices!  Impacts of Consumer Data Right legislation. Summary of key points The Consumer Data Right will apply to individuals, small to medium and large businesses. It is asserted that these rights will lead to more choice, tailored products and lower prices, amongst other things. If you are [...]

By | 2018-10-19T16:24:40+11:00 October 19th, 2018|Business, Consumer Law, Privacy Law|Comments Off on More choice, tailored products and lower prices!  Impacts of Consumer Data Right legislation.

Retail Leases – When can a landlord refuse consent to assign?

September 2018 Retail Leases – when can a landlord refuse consent to assign? The recent Victorian Consumer & Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) decision of AVC Operations Pty Limited v Teley Pty Limited [2018] VCAT 931 (Bush Inn Hotel Case) is a reminder highlighting the limitations on Landlord’s ability to refuse consent to an assignment of a [...]

By | 2018-09-05T08:39:03+11:00 September 5th, 2018|Business, Leasing, Property, Retail|Comments Off on Retail Leases – When can a landlord refuse consent to assign?

ACCC enforcing small business unfair contract terms

August 2018 ACCC enforcing small business unfair contract terms A number of developments have come to light since our February update on new Australian Consumer Laws (ACL) with respect to unfair terms in business-to-business ‘standard form’ contracts (B2B contracts) (see here: https://www.teneolegal.com.au/small-business-unfair-contract-terms-one-year-on/). Early engagement with regulators In the Agri-business sector, AWB Harvest Finance Pools Pty [...]

By | 2018-08-16T12:02:56+11:00 August 16th, 2018|Business, Consumer Law, Contract Law|Comments Off on ACCC enforcing small business unfair contract terms

Contract term that restricts time for making claim under ACL, unenforceable

August 2018 Contract term that restricts time for making claim under ACL, unenforceable Overview In a recent decision in the Victorian Supreme Court Justice Riordan, held that it is contrary to public policy to restrict the statutory remedy provided in s 236 of the Australian Consumer Law (ACL) by limiting the time in which a [...]

By | 2018-08-03T17:11:18+11:00 August 3rd, 2018|Business, Consumer Law, Contract Law|Comments Off on Contract term that restricts time for making claim under ACL, unenforceable

Government’s Act on Modern Slavery: How will it affect your business?

July 2018 Government’s Act on Modern Slavery The New South Wales Government, followed by the Federal Government, have created legislation to try and stamp out the endemic abuses of human rights throughout Australian industry, and encourage organisations to put remedies in place, improving labour standards at every length of business operations and supply chains. Summary: [...]

By | 2018-07-20T15:00:42+11:00 July 20th, 2018|Business|Comments Off on Government’s Act on Modern Slavery: How will it affect your business?