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Providing innovative procurement solutions for local government projects April 20, 2018

We advised City of Casey on the procurement process of the Bunjil Place Project. Bunjil Place is a $125 million civic and cultural precinct for the City of Casey, encompassing an 800-seat theatre and 200-seat … Continued

Latest News

In good hands: Maddocks advises on physio business acquisition April 11, 2018

Wednesday 11 April 2018 Maddocks has advised Zenitas Healthcare Limited on its acquisition of the Agewell Physiotherapy business. Agewell is a mobile physiotherapy provider servicing residential aged care facilities, retirement villages and communities in New … Continued

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The right to use plans prepared by a design consultant: the devil is in the detail April 11, 2018

When a design consultant (such as an architect or engineer) brings their plans or designs into material form, copyright will usually subsist in those documents as an artistic work. The designer owns that copyright unless … Continued

Reading Room

  • Franchising sector under the microscope (again)

    On 20 March 2018, the Senate voted in favour of establishing an inquiry into the franchising sector. This latest inquiry follows significant media coverage of allegations of franchisee exploitation against high profile franchisors, including Domino’s … Continued

  • Important changes to gift card laws in NSW

    Background On 31 March 2018, the New South Wales Government’s new laws for the issue and redemption of gift cards and vouchers will come into effect. The most important changes are the introduction of a … Continued

  • ACCC’s 2018 enforcement priorities – what you need to know

    Background If 2017 was the year that the ACCC emphasised consumer and small business protection (including an effective focus on achieving higher penalties), 2018 is set to be the year of cartels and the continued … Continued

  • Radio Refunds: How to avoid breaching your responsible lending obligations

    Background Major Australian retailer, Thorn Group, and its consumer leasing business, Radio Rentals, has agreed to refund almost $20 million to customers who entered into leases with the company following an ASIC investigation into breaches … Continued

  • ACCC Year in Review

    The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) had an interesting year with record penalties for misuse of market power, developments in the area of unfair contract terms and some high profile losses against Medibank and … Continued

  • A tasty win for franchisors – Pizza Hut appeal is upheld

    Earlier last year, as summarised in our previous article, the Federal Court dismissed the class action brought against Yum! Restaurants Australia Pty Ltd (Yum!) by a number of its franchisees trading under the Pizza Hut … Continued

  • ACCC bins trash terms – JJ Richards contract terms declared unfair

    The recent judgement is interesting as it shows that Courts will not only consider stand-alone terms, but also how they interact with each other in impacting the rights of the small business customer, which many … Continued

  • Encouraging positive and masking negative reviews – Lessons from ACCC v Meriton

    Following our report from November last year, The Federal Court has found that Meriton Serviced Apartments (Meriton) engaged in misleading and deceptive conduct in circumstances where it adopted a scheme preventing unfavourable reviews for its properties … Continued

  • Encouraging positive and masking negative reviews – Lessons from ACCC v Meriton

    Following our report from November last year, The Federal Court has found that Meriton Serviced Apartments (Meriton) engaged in misleading and deceptive conduct in circumstances where it adopted a scheme preventing unfavourable reviews for its properties … Continued

  • Franchisors and marketing funds – are you complying with the Code?

    The importance of complying with the Franchise Code marketing obligations was reinforced at the recent Franchise Council of Australia National Franchise Convention. The ACCC Deputy Chairman, Dr Michael Schaper, spoke candidly about the commission’s expectations … Continued