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Setting the Standard: Federal Court’s Ruling on Unfair Contract Terms in Insurance

Australian Securities & Investments Commission v Auto & General Insurance Company Limited [2024] FCA 272 For the first time since the new Unfair Contract Term Regime’s implementation in November 2023, the Federal Court of Australia has ruled on the Regime’s application to insurance contracts.   The Court’s dismissal of ASIC’s claims has established a high […]

Revamping Australia’s Competition Landscape: The Dawn of a New Merger Control Regime

A mandatory merger regime will come into effect in Australia on 1 January 2026 after the Australian Government’s announcement on 10 April 2024.   A single mandatory and suspensory administrative merger control system will replace sections 50 and 50A of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth) (CCA) and the current merger authorisation process in […]

Protecting Your Commercial Property Rights

Commercial property law is an area of law that governs the construction, maintenance, and ongoing use of commercial property. The property rights that attach to owning a commercial property are different to the property rights that attach to a residential property. There are different types and classifications associated with commercial property and commercial property law […]

Top Tips For Negotiating and Preparing Commercial Contracts

In today’s fast-paced and inter-connected business environment, negotiating and preparing comprehensive commercial contracts has never been more critical. As businesses strive for growth, sustainability, and competitive advantage, the role of well-crafted contracts as foundational tools for establishing and managing business relationships goes hand in hand with the successful execution of corporate strategy. Whether raising capital, […]

5 Benefits of Engaging An Estate Planning Lawyer

The power of a good estate planning lawyer is often underestimated when people are considering what will happen to their assets when they pass away. For many, the discussion regarding what should happen to their estates on their death is one that is often put on the back burner or is often not considered at […]

The Benefits of Engaging A Commercial Lawyer for Mergers & Acquisitions

One of the most powerful decisions you can make when choosing to sell, acquire or merge a business is the decision to engage with a commercial lawyer to work with you through the process. The commercial lawyer you choose and when you engage them can significantly impact the negotiation process, the end result and what […]

Are Your Business’s Contracts Legal From 9 November 2023?

The 12-month transition period to update your standard form contracts is nearing an end. Businesses are required to update their contracts to ensure they are compliant with the new law to avoid facing penalties of up to $50 million, 3 times the gained benefit from the breach of the law or 30% of the business’s […]

The DIN Deadline is Here

The Director identification regime came into effect on 1 November 2021 and introduced requirements for both new and existing directors. Under the regime, existing directors appointed on or before 31 October 2021 are required to have applied for their Director Identification Number (DIN) before 30 November 2022. After this time, a failure to register is […]

Director Identification Number: Does Your Company Need One?

Director identification number

In a major change for directors, the new Director identification regime will shortly come into effect. Under the new regime, each director will be required to have a Director Identification Number (DIN).   What is a DIN? A DIN is a unique identifier linked to the director which a director will apply for once and keep […]

COVID 19 Rental Relief: Commercial Leasing Legislation Passed

Concept Of Covid 19 In Red Background

On 28 May 2020, the much anticipated Retail Shop Leases and Other Commercial Leases (COVID-19 Emergency Response) Regulation 2020 were introduced by the Queensland Government under the COVID-19 Emergency Response Act 2020.   The purpose of the Regulations is to implement the National Cabinet Mandatory Code of Conduct – SME Commercial Leasing Principles during COVID-19 […]