Business & Company

Business & Company 25/03/2020 by Felicity Donald

Temporary Changes to Insolvency Laws: What You Need to Know

Given the impact of COVID-19 on the economy, the casualties will inevitably include businesses as well as individuals. We have all heard of businesses citing COVID-19 as the cause of, or contributing to, their insolvency. On 22 March 2020 the Federal Government announced a number of changes to insolvency laws to provide relief for businesses […]

Business & Company 28/02/2020 by Jeremy Kennedy

New NSW Legislation Wipes Ability To Insure

Podcast: Ep 32 Special Counsel Jeremy Kennedy Explains How New NSW Legislation Wipes Ability To Insure In Podcast 32 for, we discuss the new legislation about to go through the NSW parliament that makes WHS Penalties tougher on business owners / PCBU’s. Once passed, the ability to insure against WHS Criminal Penalties will become illegal. […]

Business & Company 7/02/2020 by Felicity Donald

What’s in a Name? The Difference between Business Names and Trade Marks

You are setting up a new business and getting excited about its upcoming launch. Or perhaps you have been in business for a while and want to know more about protecting your business’ reputation and profits. You have registered your chosen Business Name on the Australian Business Register and reserved a domain name for your […]

Business & Company 18/12/2019 by Jeremy Kennedy

WHS Update

SafeWork NSW – “Johnny on the spot” – New power to issue on the spot fines against individuals and corporations Employers need to be aware that following amendments to the Work Health & Safety Regulation 2017 (the Regulations)[1], SafeWork inspectors have been granted additional powers to issue on the spot penalty notices against persons conducting […]

Business & Company 25/11/2019 by Jeremy Kennedy

No More Work Health & Safety Net

Major WHS Changes for Companies & their Officers Following findings of the Federal Senate Inquiry –‘They never came home – the framework surrounding the prevention, investigation and prosecution of industrial deaths in Australia’ into the model Work Health & Safety Act and its operation since 2011 the NSW Parliament has been the first state to […]

Business & Company 18/11/2019 by Jeremy Kennedy

Wage Theft- ‘Orgy of Greed’​ or Mass Hysteria?

Recent high profile investigations, significant media coverage and union/ACTU campaigns on what has been labelled as “wage theft” and a business “orgy of greed”[1] have certainly highlighted for Australian employers their ongoing need to comply with the Fair Work Act, National Employment Standard and industry modern awards, but is the problem as large as proponents say? Unions argue that recalcitrant […]

Business & Company 22/07/2019 by Haydon Potter

When are Casual Employees Entitled to Become Full Time Employees?

Since 1 October 2018, most casual employees have been entitled to request their employment status be converted to full time or part time status where certain requirements are met and an employer cannot refuse the request unless it has reasonable grounds to do so. With over 84 Modern Awards being amended from 1 October 2018 to include […]

Business & Company 10/09/2018 by Amanda Crosbie

ATO Director Penalties: What Company Directors Need to do to Avoid Personal Liability

Under the ATO’s Director Penalty regime company Directors can be personally liable for company obligations. The Director Penalty regime applies to unpaid “PAYG” withholding amounts and Superannuation Guarantee Charge “SGC” obligations. The effect of the Director Penalty regime is that if a company of which a person is a Director fails to ensure that the […]

Business & Company 27/03/2018 by Sam Roberts

Safe Harbour & Directors’ Liability for Insolvent Trading

On 19 September 2017 amendments, to the Corporations Act 2001 commenced which create a “safe harbour” for Directors to protect them from personal liability for debts incurred by an insolvent company in certain circumstances. Why the need for Safe Harbour Prior to the amendments, the provisions of the Corporations Act governing corporate insolvency focused on the need […]

Business & Company 13/02/2018 by Sam Roberts

Statutory Demands and Proving Insolvency when Winding Up a Company

The appointment of a Liquidator to wind up a Company that is unable to pay its debts is a significant enforcement option and equivalent with Bankruptcy for individuals. The appointment of a Liquidator means that all assets of the Company come under the control of the Liquidator including any loans owing from Directors or Shareholders […]

Business & Company 25/10/2017 by Sam Roberts

Private Sale of Industry Leading Holiday Rentals Booking Management Software Business to Public Listed Company a Breeze.

Midac Technologies Pty Limited (“Midac”) started up in 1981 in Sydney and pioneered early “smart building” direct digital control technology. In 1994 Midac made an early start developing online software and solutions. The then Dungog based business was instrumental in encouraging and assisting many organizations to make their online debut, including large corporate entities like […]

Building & Construction Law 6/06/2017 by Amanda Crosbie

Common Misconceptions about Contracting in the Building & Construction Industry and what to do to avoid getting caught out.

When I ask clients whether a written contract was in place or whether variations had been documented, too often I receive the following response “no there was no contract, we just agreed to it” or “I didn’t think it was necessary it was a small job“. Firstly, it is an incorrect assumption that just because […]

Business & Company 27/07/2016 by Sam Roberts

Is your business ready for sale?

Early Legal Considerations To ensure that a Business Sale Contract can be promptly submitted to your eventual buyer following negotiation of a price and sale terms, you should consider the following and provide us with early instructions to address any matters and/or to prepare a draft Business Sale Contract, when you have decided to sell […]

Business & Company 14/06/2016 by Sam Roberts

Why ignorance of loan balances can lead to tax nightmares.

Do you own a private company? Have you received payments not accounted for as wages or salaries this financial year? As 30 June approaches it is time to ensure your business affairs are in order. This includes ensuring you have Division 7A Loan Agreements in place, where necessary. What is Division 7A? Division 7A of […]

Business & Company 28/01/2015 by Sam Roberts

Consequences of not making Effective Business Contracts

As an Accredited Specialist in Commercial Litigation I have dealt with all kinds of business disputes. By far the most common cause of commercial disputes is the failure of the parties to adequately record the terms of their agreement in writing. This is particularly common in the building and construction industry. When there is an […]

Business & Company 27/08/2013 by Sam Roberts

Growing Your Business by Franchising: Are you ready to become a parent?

For people who have a successful business and are interested in expanding by granting Franchises of their business, obtaining practical advice about what is involved in the day to day operation of Franchisor business is essential from the outset. From a Franchisor’s perspective, a Franchise relationship is not unlike having a child. Once you have […]

Business & Company 27/08/2013 by Sam Roberts

Do you take this Franchisor to be… “I do”. Are you ready to sign a Franchise Agreement?

Buying a Franchise is a bit like getting married. You are making a long term legal commitment to another party who you hopefully know and can trust. The failure of the marriage can have significant financial implications. However, unlike a marriage, where around 50% of your assets are at risk if it breaks down, you […]

Business & Company 16/08/2013 by Sam Roberts

Introduction to Business Succession Planning

Congratulations on taking the first step to protect your interest in your co-owned business. Business Succession Planning is essential for protecting your interest in a co-owned business and is an integral part of every business co-owner’s individual Estate Planning. “Business Succession Planning” means: Planning for the sale or purchase of a co-owners’ interest in a […]