Asset Protection for your Business

By on 2 August 2011 in Corporate Structuring with 0 Comments
Asset Protection for your Business

I was recently invited to sit on Your Business Panel. The panel was put together with the objective of assisting business owners by providing expert advice from different professions, in a unique question and answer session. One question asked during the panel’s session highlighted to me the importance of asset protection in the structure of […]

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Partnerships – Breach of Duty

By on 22 July 2011 in Corporate Structuring with 0 Comments
Partnerships – Breach of Duty

I recently was involved in a case where I acted for a partner of a business (90% ownership) who had experienced considerable angst when the other partner (owning a 10% interest) departed the business and took with him approximately 60% of the client base. This matter highlighted to me, and all parties involved, the quite severe […]

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The End of Ratchet Clauses – Amendments to the Retail Shop Leases Act

By on 26 April 2011 in Commercial & Retail Leasing with 0 Comments
The End of Ratchet Clauses – Amendments to the Retail Shop Leases Act

Rent payable by a Lessee in a retail shop lease can now decrease at a market review. A clause in a lease which prevents the lease decreasing is commonly known as a Ratchet Clause. The Retail Shop Leases Act has been amended by inserting a provision that makes a ratchet clause in a retail shop […]

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Natural Disasters and Your Employees

By on 11 April 2011 in Employment Law with 0 Comments
Natural Disasters and Your Employees

The recent natural disasters in Queensland and other areas have highlighted the importance of having clear and concise workplace policies dealing with extreme weather conditions, so as to prevent confusion as to who is entitled to what. The situations outlined below provide a brief summary of an employer’s position in situations where a business is closed […]

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Timing Requirements – Retail Shop Leases Act QLD

By on 4 April 2011 in Commercial & Retail Leasing with 0 Comments
Timing Requirements – Retail Shop Leases Act QLD

One of the most common questions I get asked and one of the biggest issues in retail leasing is what are the timing requirements under the Retail Shop Leases Act. The Act places strict time requirements on parties who are or have entered into a retail shop lease in Queensland and failure to comply can have a […]

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Insolvent Trading

By on 28 March 2011 in Bankruptcy & Insolvency with 0 Comments
Insolvent Trading

Many businesses are currently facing financial pressure, either directly or indirectly because of the credit crunch. This can lead to concerns about solvency. Directors, or persons who could be deemed to be directors, can be held personal liable for debts of the Company where: the Company incurs a debt; and the Company is insolvent at […]

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