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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

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?

Changes to Chain of Responsibility Laws

January 2018 - Changes to the Chain of Responsibility (COR) laws commence in mid 2018.  Businesses which consign, pack, load or receive goods could be held legally liable for breaches of the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL), even though they have no direct role in driving or operating a heavy vehicle.  In addition, individuals in [...]

By | 2018-02-05T09:16:42+11:00 February 2nd, 2018|Business, Retail|Comments Off on Changes to Chain of Responsibility Laws