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Lenders - How secure is your loan?

posted 19th September 2018

Without security, a loan agreement is for all intents and purposes a lengthy and well-dressed IOU ...

“My lawyer stuffed up” – Professional negligence claims against lawyers

posted 13th August 2018

When you engage a lawyer to provide legal services, no doubt you have certain expectations about how those services will be delivered. You expect the lawyer knows what they’re doing, that they’ll provide their services at a high standard, and they’ll act in your best interests...

Family and Domestic Violence Leave Applies From 1 August 2018

posted 1st August 2018

As of today, modern awards will be amended to include 5 days of unpaid family and domestic violence leave per year. This change affects all award covered employees ...

Trademarks: Protecting Your Business Name - How Pacific Should You Be?

posted 23rd July 2018

Your business name can be one of the most valuable parts of your enterprise, with your goodwill and reputation tied to your name. Most traders take steps to protect their business and brand names through use of trade marks, so that they have exclusive rights to use of that name.

What changed for Employers on 1 July 2018?

posted 6th July 2018

The Employment & Industrial Relations Team here at Meyer Vandenberg have put together for you a quick summary of the employment-law changes that commenced on 1 July 2018....

A change is coming for buyers and sellers of residential property: Are you ready?

posted 28th June 2018

From 1 July 2018, buyers of certain residential property are not only buyers, they are also part of the Australian Taxation Office’s (ATO) new force of tax collectors, specifically to collect GST...

Big changes to ACT Work Health & Safety laws for major construction projects

posted 25th June 2018

On 7 June 2018 an amendment to the ACT Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (ACT) was tabled in the ACT Legislative Assembly. If the amendment passes the assembly, it will come into force on 1 January 2019 ...

Five tips for selling your business before the end of financial year

posted 8th June 2018

Its tax planning season and EOFY is fast approaching. If you are selling or buying a business, this is a very convenient time to change the ownership as it can take effect with the change of financial year. Your accountant may also recommend changes to your business structure to take effect for the new financial year.

Data Security: 6 Quick Security Tips

posted 1st June 2018

The new mandatory data breach notification regime has now come into operation. Having only begun on 22 February (see our previous article explaining its implications here), we have already had companies come forward to notify a data breach (such as Svizter Australia). But what can you do to protect yourself in the first place? ...

Just how useful is it to employ your staff on fixed term contracts?

posted 24th May 2018

You may think that you can avoid having to deal with unfair dismissal claims by putting employees on fixed term contracts. After all, you’re not dismissing them if their contract just comes to an end, right?