Recent news & publications

Date: 14 Sep 2017
When shareholders in a company fall out, they sometimes allege that the company’s affairs have been managed in an unfair or oppressive way. Parties to a joint venture gone sour, warring directors, or families mired in disputes over the direction, management, succession and future control of a business are the typical parties to a shareholder dispute, commonly known as an ‘oppression proceeding’.
Date: 08 Sep 2017
All businesses should be reviewing the way they manage the risk of underpayment and worker exploitation as the Federal Government’s reforms to protect vulnerable workers are about to take effect.
Date: 24 Jul 2017
The concept of ‘board evaluation’ covers everything from a director having a quiet chat with the Chairman to detailed questionnaires and interviews with an external facilitator. Some boards and directors shy away from it, or only undertake it at a surface level. But when handled in the right way, board evaluation is an important piece of ‘kit’ in an organisation’s strategic tool bag.
Date: 13 Jul 2017
As part of its four year review of modern awards, the Fair Work Commission has decided to insert a ‘casual conversion’ clause into most modern awards that do not already have conversion clauses in place.
Date: 30 Jun 2017
Key changes affecting Australian workplaces are about to take effect, impacting minimum wages, unfair dismissal, penalties for breaches of the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (Fair Work Act) and superannuation contributions.
Date: 16 Jun 2017
A recent decision of the Federal Court of Australia provides a window into the figurative mind of the court when considering whether to approve an application to convene a shareholders meeting to approve a Scheme of Arrangement.
Date: 08 Jun 2017
There are numerous examples of the unquestionable value that can come from developing and protecting a brand with a well-thought-out brand strategy – just think of what Nike has achieved with its iconic ‘swoosh’, or McDonalds with its famous ‘golden arches’.
Date: 07 Jun 2017
The employer involved in this case[1] had commenced a misconduct investigation focusing on one of its workers. After that investigation was commenced, the worker filed a ‘stop bullying’ application under section 798FC of the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth).
Date: 16 May 2017
Blue Impression Pty Ltd (Blue Impression) operates a Japanese fast food outlet Hanaichi in Melbourne. Last year, Blue Impression was taken to court by the Fair Work Ombudsman for underpaying two Taiwanese workers nearly $10,000.
Date: 03 May 2017
The Takeovers Panel regulates the conduct of takeovers in Australia, as its title obviously suggests. But the Panel’s recent consideration of a Rights Issue undertaken by MEC Resources Limited (MEC Resources) illustrates the Panel’s role in reviewing broader matters – specifically, capital raising transactions which could affect control in a company.
Date: 19 Apr 2017
Many employers have been in the position of catching an employee ‘red handed’ for some type of wrongdoing, and confidently proceeding towards immediate dismissal.
Date: 06 Apr 2017
Australia’s current insolvent trading laws and lack of protection against ‘ipso facto’ clauses can make certain restructurings and workouts far more difficult than they need to be.
Date: 02 Feb 2017
Several key changes affecting Australian workplaces have recently taken effect and another round of reforms are in the pipeline. Some of these changes will have a significant impact on the way businesses manage their people and industrial relations issues, from the engagement of independent contractors to the administration of excessive annual leave balances.
Date: 31 Jan 2017
Asbestos contamination has historically been a significant concern for many Australian businesses, given the material’s common use in the Australian construction industry until the early 90s.
Date: 23 Jan 2017
The summer months can be frustrating for employers, as hot weather and sunny skies may tempt employees to ‘chuck a sickie’ and enjoy a day away from work. The lure is particularly strong on the Mondays and Fridays that shoulder a public holiday on a Tuesday or Thursday – the chance at a long weekend can be too good for some to pass up.