Recent news & publications

Date: 06 Dec 2017
The Privacy Amendment (Notifiable Data Breaches) Act 2017 (Cth) applies to government agencies, private sector organisations with annual turnovers over $3m, and all organisations handling health information or involved in credit reporting.
Date: 30 Nov 2017
Consider the position of the buyer of a business, entering into a sale agreement with the seller. The seller will make various representations about the business that will be underpinned with warranties and indemnities, all for the purpose of giving the buyer comfort about what they are purchasing.
Date: 23 Oct 2017
An initial public offering (IPO) can be an attractive way for some companies to facilitate the continued growth of their business. But it’s a significant undertaking that won’t be appropriate in every case, and a listing on the ASX brings about a new regulatory environment to comply with, including continuous disclosure obligations. A decision to conduct an IPO and list on the ASX should be carefully considered.
Date: 29 Sep 2017
After months of anticipation, speculation and some controversy, the Turnbull government’s crowd-sourced funding (CSF) regime for unlisted public companies came into effect today, 29 September 2017.
Date: 22 Sep 2017
What do investors consider most closely when evaluating an opportunity to invest in an initial public offering (IPO)? Do institutional and retail investors place different weight on different sources of information? How well do retail investors really understand prospectuses?
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: 03 Aug 2017
For many early stage and fast growth companies, the most (or only) valuable asset is their intellectual property (IP). IP encompasses various rights such as patents, trade marks, copyright, designs and trade secrets, and is often what gives a company an edge over its competitors.
Date: 03 Aug 2017
Investor roadshows are frequently rolled out by various companies, from start-ups to well-established corporates in need of funding. Naturally, every company will want to put its best foot forward and present as compelling a case as possible to attract investors to their business.
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: 12 May 2017
Under the National Health Act 1953, medicines listed on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) are assigned to either Formulary 1 (F1) (usually single brand medicines) or to Formulary 2 (F2) (usually medicines that have multiple brands, or are in a therapeutic group with other medicines with multiple brands).
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: 20 Apr 2017
In a recent appeal case heard by the Full Court of the Federal Court of Australia, the Court has confirmed that merely making an application for listing of a patented pharmaceutical product on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) would not infringe the patent.
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: 29 Mar 2017
The Turnbull government’s crowd-sourced funding bill has passed through the Senate, introducing a regulatory framework for crowd-sourced equity funding in Australia.