Phoebe Miller

Phoebe Miller is an Associate at FC Lawyers practicing in business and commercial law with a focus on commercial property sales and purchases, as well as commercial leasing.

Businesses and confidential information – what happens if you have a data breach?

By on 19 March 2018 in Information Technology with 0 Comments
Businesses and confidential information – what happens if you have a data breach?

Whilst this topic can keep any prudent business owner up at night (if they don’t have proper IT protections), new legislation came into play on 22 February 2018 which should keep us all up at night if we don’t put the proper protections in place. The Privacy Act (the “Act”) was amended on 22 February […]

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Should the lease be registered with the Land Titles Office?

Should the lease be registered with the Land Titles Office?

Parties to a commercial lease often rapidly work towards finalising the terms of the lease, having all relevant documents signed and ensuring bank guarantees and insurance are in place – ; so that the tenant can take possession, do any fit out and start paying rent. It is often an after-thought consideration whether or not […]

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Big Rights for Small Business

By on 14 May 2014 in Small Business with 0 Comments
Big Rights for Small Business

If there is one significant highlight to the Coalition’s first budget yesterday, it is the extension of rights for small businesses. What benefits has small businesses received in the budget? Small enterprises will now have the same rights as consumers in respect of unfair contracts, against big businesses. In general terms, the Government intends to […]

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Business Law Update for 2014

By on 14 March 2014 in Corporate Structuring with 0 Comments
Business Law Update for 2014

There is no doubt that 2013 was a huge year of change in respect of the laws applying to small and large businesses. This will continue throughout 2014. I recently presented the 2014 Business Legislation Update Seminar for the Australian Institute of Company Directors on the Sunshine Coast. Some of the key areas I addressed […]

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Partnership Dissolution

By on 23 December 2013 in Corporate Structuring with 0 Comments
Partnership Dissolution

I often get approached by clients in dispute with their business partners. If you are in a partnership, and in a dispute with the other partner/s, it is important to know how the dispute will be managed. How is a partnership regulated? If there is a partnership agreement between the partners, this will be the […]

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Shareholders Agreements

By on 18 February 2013 in Commercial Agreements with 0 Comments
Shareholders Agreements

A Shareholder’s Agreement is something that I strongly encourage all my clients who operate a business (either as a partnership or company) to have.  When I first see a client about starting a new business, they are often full of enthusiasm and great intentions however, have not given much thought about what could go wrong. […]

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I’m a shareholder in a business – does my vote count?

By on 21 December 2012 in Commercial Agreements with 0 Comments
I’m a shareholder in a business – does my vote count?

I am often asked to review shareholders agreements between existing shareholders and shareholders wishing to purchase a business. A question often asked is what voting rights they have. The shareholder entering the business may reach a handshake agreement with the other shareholders to have a say in the general running and strategic direction of the […]

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Legal Business Health Check

By on 14 November 2012 in Corporate Structuring
Legal Business Health Check

I recently spoke at the AICD regional conference about surviving in business. To assist attendees I created a 20 point legal business health check so that people can conduct a quick review of their business. How do you score? Is your business owned in your own name, or in an entity that owns other assets? […]

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Business Legislation Update 2012

By on 17 May 2012 in Trade Law with 0 Comments
Business Legislation Update 2012

I recently was invited to the Sunshine Coast Business Expo as a speaker across the two days of this yearly event. One of the presentations I gave was a Business Legislation Update for the year ahead in 2012. I have uploaded a Power Point presentation for you to read through which contains these topics including: […]

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Shareholder and Partnership Agreements

By on 5 April 2012 in Commercial Agreements with 1 Comment
Shareholder and Partnership Agreements

I was recently asked to give advice to the client in relation to a partnership agreement that they had signed in their business. The agreement had been purchased online and my client had basically “filled in the blanks”. My client is now a 50% owner in the business but because of the terms of the […]

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