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COVID-19+ Regulating the Modernisation of Corporate Governance in a Socially Distant World

The social distancing measures introduced in response to the COVID-19 pandemic have disrupted much of our way of life in the last few months. In the...

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The Rise and Rise of IP – How to Protect and Leverage Intangible Assets

Intellectual Property (‘IP’) is the most important asset class for modern businesses today, accounting for almost 90% of a...

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COVID-19+ Emergency Guide for Australian Businesses (15 May 2020 Update)

As the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic causes health and social impacts on a previously almost unfathomable scale, for businesses too it is a...

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COVID-19+ Update on National Cabinet’s Landscape-Shifting Commercial Leasing Code

On 7 April 2020 National Cabinet announced a mandatory code (‘Code’) for commercial leases of small and medium sized Australian business...

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COVID-19+ What Government Grants can SMEs piggy-bank?

In the last few months, COVID-19 has disrupted tens of thousands of businesses across the country, from large listed conglomerates to sole traders...

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COVID-19+ Emergency Guide for Australian Businesses (17 April 2020 Update)

As the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic causes health and social impacts on a previously almost unfathomable scale, for businesses too it is a...

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COVID-19+ Newsflash! – National Cabinet unveils ground-breaking Commercial Leasing Code for SMEs

Under growing pressure to respond to the COVID-19 crisis, on 7 April 2020 National Cabinet announced a mandatory code for commercial lease tenancies...

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COVID-19+ Fed Govt’s $130B ‘JobKeeper’ Program

On 30 March 2020, the Government announced $130 Billion in the budget with the goal of keeping workers in jobs over the next six months. This article...

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COVID-19+ ‘Stay at Home’ laws set to profoundly impact commercial offices

New laws mean that people in New South Wales must not leave their homes without ‘reasonable excuse’.  A reasonable excuse is not...

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COVID-19+ Emergency Guide for Australian Businesses

As the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic causes health and social impacts on a previously almost unfathomable scale, for businesses too it is a...

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New Laws make Directors Personally Liable for GST Debts

The Senate has recently passed an act which confers personal liability on directors for their company’s unpaid GST...

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Neobanks: Can They Challenge the Big 4?

‘Neobanks’, also known as ‘digital banks’ and ‘challenger banks’, are terms which synonymously refer to the next...

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New Whistleblower Policy: 10 Key Points To Note!

All public companies have until 1 January 2020 to comply with the new whistleblower policy requirements. This requirement carries a $126,000 (body...

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Corporate Law Update: High Court Sounds a Warning to Directors Providing Financial Assistance to Shareholders

Following a recent High Court case, companies should be aware of adopting too narrow an interpretation of the “financial assistance” provisions...

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Handle with care: owner drivers get new protections

Amendments to the Owner Drivers and Forestry Contractors Act create new protections for gig economy workers transporting...

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The Power of the Platform: ACCC Takes Aim at Facebook & Google

In June 2019, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (‘ACCC’) released its’ final report from the Digital Platforms Inquiry...

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IP Rights Holders beware! Changes to Competition Laws

The repeal of the so-called “IP exemption” from the Competition and Consumer Act could significantly impact commercial dealings in IP rights....

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Blocking the exits: Directors’ rights to decline share transfers

Under Australian law, directors of companies typically have unilateral powers to reject transfers of shares by shareholders. However, below we...

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Get your records straight! ASIC record-keeping obligations and penalties

Officers have legal obligations under Australian law to keep information on ASIC registers up to...

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Your freelancer has arrived: Australian Uber drivers held not employees

In much-publicised proceedings, the Fair Work Ombudsman has found that Uber drivers are independent...

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Contractual lock-in? Terminating contracts without a clause

Contracts form the backbone of almost all commercial arrangements, binding parties to perform their specified duties. But when does a breach or...

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Insolvent trading and the position of Australian directors

Under Australian law, board directors have a duty to prevent insolvent trading by corporations. Though certain exceptions may apply, failure to do so...

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Illegal phoenix activity targeted by new corporate law reforms

New reforms currently before Parliament seeks to give the Phoenix Taskforce more power to prevent illegal...

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Creating a modern commercial law firm and a healthy workplace

In this podcast, James is interviewed by Beyond Billables about the ideas behind Edwards + Co...

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An update on open banking in Australia

Proposed changes to the Consumer Data Rights (‘CDRs’) to facilitate open banking are another example of the consumer protectionist...

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Are e-signatures valid under Australian Law?

A great strength for modern businesses is being able to negotiate and strike deals quickly and efficiently over the internet. Once they’re...

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