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Alasdair Woodford

ACCC Franchising Submission

ACCC Franchising Submission

The new Franchising Code of Conduct (FCC) regime commenced on 1 January 2015 with the aim of updating franchising laws in Australia, including assisting franchisees in positions of weaker bargaining power. 

Directors should consider climate change risks

Directors should consider climate change risks

‘Climate-related risks’ have moved from a corporate buzzword to an actionable obligation for company directors, who should consider these risks in the context of their organisation and understand that a failure to act with regards to a climate-related risk can result in a contravention of the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth)  (Act).

ACCC ALLEGES ULTRA TUNE WRONG TURN

ACCC ALLEGES ULTRA TUNE WRONG TURN

The competition regulator, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), has initiated proceedings against Australia’s second largest car repair organisation in the country, Ultra Tune Australia Pty Ltd (Ultra Tune). The ACCC alleges that Ultra Tune has failed to comply with the Franchising Code of Conduct (Code) and the Australian Consumer Law (ACL)

CHANGE TO PPS LEASE DEFINITION MAY SAVE TIME AND MONEY FOR SMALL BUSINESSES

CHANGE TO PPS LEASE DEFINITION MAY SAVE TIME AND MONEY FOR SMALL BUSINESSES

On 19 May 2017, legislation amending the meaning of PPS Lease under the Personal Property Securities Act 2009 (Act) received royal assent and is now law. The new law, means that indefinite leases and leases of less than two years, are no longer required to be registered on the Personal Property Securities Register (PPSR).

The PPSR

Cessation of statutory protections for migrated security interests on the PPSR

Cessation of statutory protections for migrated security interests on the PPSR

Under the Personal Property Securities Act 2009 (Cth) (the Act), securities and charges under other legislation and registers were migrated onto the Personal Property Securities Register (PPSR). Many migrated securities were not registered in accordance with the Act’s registration requirements.

Wine Equalisation Tax Rebate

Wine Equalisation Tax Rebate

In light of the 2016-2017 Federal Budget handed down on 3 May, participants in the wine industry have expressed significant concerns regarding the Federal Government’s proposal to reform the Wine Equalisation Tax Rebate (WET Rebate) and the related eligibility criteria.

Repair, replacement or refund - who decides?

Repair, replacement or refund - who decides?

In 2013 six different Samsung products were recalled due to the discovery of an electrical fault that could lead to the products catching fire.

As a consequence of the recall, Samsung was obliged, under the Australian Consumer Law (ACL), to replace the recalled products or provide a full refund.

Small business update: Good news for small business

Small business update: Good news for small business

There have been a number of legal developments in the small business sector which should be welcomed as wins for small business operators.  This alert provides a summary of three of those developments that are particularly relevant following the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s release of its Small Business in Focus report for the six months to June 2015.