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Latest Case

Providing strategic advice on expansion structures November 16, 2018

Founded in Bondi Beach in 2012, Bailey Nelson has rapidly grown into a global eyewear retailer and service provider with boutiques in Australia, London, Canada and New Zealand. The strong demand for their products and … Continued

Latest News

Maddocks appoints restructuring and insolvency partner in Sydney January 14, 2019

Monday 14 January  Maddocks has appointed its second new partner in a month with the appointment of Danielle Funston. Danielle is a restructuring and insolvency lawyer who advises clients on recoveries, liquidations, corporate restructuring and … Continued

Latest Article

Made in Australia: Tightened restrictions on the use of country of origin labels January 14, 2019

The recent decision of Nature’s Care Manufacture Pty Ltd v Australian Made Campaign Limited by the Federal Court of Australia has provided much needed guidance on the requirements for ‘Made in Australia’ and other country … Continued

Reading Room

  • Are you operating a franchise? A question for all dealer, distribution and licensed networks

    The recent court enforceable undertaking provided by Husqvarna Australia Pty Ltd (Husqvarna Australia) to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), highlights the importance for all manufacturers, suppliers and licensors to carefully assess their network … Continued

  • Ipso facto reforms and government contracts

    From 1 July 2018, amendments to the Corporations Act[1] restrict the ability of government agencies to exercise contractual rights under ipso facto clauses where a contract party suffers a specified insolvency event. Put simply, this … Continued

  • Getting the balance right – Inquiry into the Franchising Code of Conduct

    Background In March 2018, the Senate referred an inquiry  (Inquiry) into the operation and effectiveness of the Franchising Code of Conduct (Code) to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Corporations and Financial Services (Committee). Since 5 … Continued

  • Agile methodology – agility with control

    Agile methodology is now extensively used in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) projects involving a design or development component. It comprises terminology and processes that are different from those used in a traditional contract, which … Continued

  • Can directors’ conflicts of interest be ignored if a company is performing well?

    Conflicts of interest of company directors are generally regarded as inconsistent with good corporate governance. They leave the company and the directors exposed to claims of breach of duty and oppression of shareholders. In the … Continued

  • DTA: Report of the ICT Procurement Taskforce

    The Assistant Minister for Cities and Digital Transformation, The Hon. Angus Taylor MP, has released the Report of the ICT Procurement Taskforce (the report). The report makes a range of diverse recommendations including developing ICT … Continued

  • How will the new unfair contract terms regime affect Victorian councils?

    On 12 November 2016, the Australian Consumer Law (ACL)’s unfair contract terms regime began applying to ‘small business contracts’. This change has the potential to impact local government as it gives ‘small businesses’ the ability … Continued

  • Charging default interest – contractual obligation or a penalty?

    The recent New South Wales District Court decision of Sayde Developments Pty Limited v Arab Bank Australia Limited provides a timely reminder of the importance of careful drafting for lenders who seek to charge their clients default … Continued

  • FIRB Reform Bill passed

    The Foreign Acquisitions and Takeovers Legislation Amendment Bill 2015 (FATA Bill) (which is a rewrite of the current Foreign Acquisitions and Takeovers Act 1975 (Cth) (FATA)) passed through the Commonwealth Parliament on 23 November 2015. … Continued

  • English Court roasts local Council over flawed tender evaluation – Part 2

    In July, we published an article on a case in the English Technology and Construction Court1 regarding a legal challenge to a tender evaluation process conducted by the Milton Keynes Council (Council). The Court found … Continued