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Don't let anyone but Santa sneak down your chimney over Xmas - 6 tips for businesses that want to stay open in 2018

posted 19th December 2017

Call us Scroogey McScroogeFace, but it’s that time of year where the MV Litigators feel obliged to remind you about the nasty side of Christmas. Yes it’s the festive season, but it’s also prime time for robberies and we’re not just talking about the cat-burglar kind...

Tenants: beware under a rent to buy scheme

posted 18th December 2017

A ‘rent to buy scheme’, as colloquially called in recent media publications, is also known as ‘vendor finance’ or ‘instalment contracts’. The concept is not a new one. The general purpose of the scheme is to provide incentives for a ‘tenant’ or ‘renter’ of a home, especially those people who find it difficult to save for a deposit or obtain traditional bank finance, to buy their own home...

Data Breaches - Life is short. Notify your Breaches.

posted 8th December 2017

Recent data breaches of large-scale entities such as Ashley Madison and the Australian Red Cross Blood Service have highlighted the difficulties organisations face in keeping personal information secure...

Just been served with a bankruptcy notice? Here's what to do ...

posted 1st December 2017

You may have come to the end of litigation or in some cases, been a party to litigation you never knew existed, and now find yourself being served with a bankruptcy notice. The worst thing you can do is ignore a bankruptcy notice. Whether you like it or not, you need to deal with it to avoid a court ordering you into bankruptcy...

Increase in NSW Foreign Investor Land Tax Surcharge - from 31 December 2017

posted 27th November 2017

The NSW foreign investor land surcharge will increase to 2% per annum (from 0.75% per annum) with effect from 31 December 2017 for the 2018 land tax year ...

Bankrupt? Here's what your trustee can take and sell ...

posted 1st November 2017

During bankruptcy, the role of a trustee in bankruptcy is to gather together the bankrupt person’s property and sell it to raise money to repay the person’s creditors...

Are you using Airbnb illegally?

posted 27th October 2017

Airbnb is a popular and often cheaper alternative these days to otherwise expensive hotels and serviced apartments. Unit owners are understandably eager to take advantage of the flexibility of short-term arrangements and high returns for holiday periods, long weekends and those frequent periods when parliamentarians come to town. But what if the Owners Corporation in your unit complex passes a rule that bans the use of Airbnb? ...

Attention all Franchisors and Corporate Groups! You are now liable for breaches of the Fair Work Act

posted 25th October 2017

The Fair Work (Protecting Vulnerable Workers) Act 2017 (Cth)(the Amendment) introduced a slew of amendments to the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (the FW Act), and the recent changes affect every employer. We are doing a four-part series on these amendments due to their breadth and universal applicability.

Employers: Increased penalties around employee records

posted 20th October 2017

The Fair Work (Protecting Vulnerable Workers) Act 2017 (Cth) introduced a slew of amendments to the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth), and the recent changes affect every employer...

How do I deal with an under-performing employee?

posted 16th October 2017

Terminating employees is not without risks. “T’s” need to be crossed and “I’s” dotted to avoid winding up in the Fair Work Commission facing an Unfair Dismissal or General Protections Application...