Insights

Credit reporting regime under the Privacy Act has a new bite

As of 12 March 2014, significant changes to the credit reporting regime under the Privacy Act 1998 (Cth) will impact on how dentists handle patients’ credit related information [1]. Are dentists credit providers? Do you provide credit in full or in part for at least seven days? Do you offer structured payment plans for your […]

Spotlight on Fitness: an overview of Australian Consumer Law

On 1 January 2011 the Australian Consumer Law (ACL) introduced some significant changes to the obligations on suppliers of services and goods. This update sets out a few practical tips on how fitness businesses can limit complaints and stay on the right side of the consumer law. Under the ACL, you guarantee that services supplied […]

The cost of doing business: an open and shut case for a child care centre

A case with a fortunate outcome highlights the need for child care operators to be vigilant in actioning issues identified for maintenance, which potentially impact on safety. This case also confirms the importance of clear and open communication. The facts In this case a parent inadvertently left an entrance gate open at a child care […]

Best Lawyers recognises leading insurance lawyer

Meridian Lawyers is proud to announce the recognition of Principal Rob Minc in the seventh edition of Best Lawyers in Australia. Rob was selected by his peers for inclusion in Best Lawyers in Australia in the practice area of Insurance Law. Managing Principal Paul Baker applauded the result and said: “This achievement recognises the strong reputation that Rob […]

High Court determines that damages are not capped

Damages under the Compensation to Relatives Act are not capped by section 12(2) of the Civil Liability Act 2002 (NSW): The following litigation has ramifications for the way that high value dependency claims will be quantified at least in New South Wales and Victoria. Taylor v Owners – Strata Plan No. 11564 & Ors in […]

Pharmacy alert: maintaining script certifications

Pharmacists in Victoria are governed by a number of different pieces of legislation and associated regulations. This article warns pharmacists not to overlook their obligations under section 32(4)(c) of the Pharmacy Regulation Act 2010 (Vic). Section 32 of the Act relates to a pharmacist’s obligation to keep accurate records of dispensed prescriptions (and details the […]

Consider these fundamentals before purchasing a professional practice

If you are thinking about purchasing a professional services practice, whether it be a dentistry practice or other, there are a number of important matters to consider. In advising prospective purchasers, we sometimes see prospective purchasers get carried away with the idea of owning their own practice but do not properly consider some fundamental business […]

Thinking of buying a franchise?

Think about some of the most successful businesses in Australia and you will no doubt visualise the business name and the logo. These will often be referred to as the ‘trademarks’ of the business. If you are thinking of buying a franchise, then one of the key assets you will be buying is the right […]

Retail shop leases: your rights as a tenant

Any lease you enter into for premises in New South Wales that are to be used as a retail shop will likely be subject to the Retail Leases Act 1994. The Act governs many aspects of the relationship between the landlord and the tenant of leases that fall within the ambit of the Act (termed […]

Pitfalls of group buying advertising for health practitioners

Health practitioners across a variety of registered health professions, such as dental practitioners, have been approached to participate in online marketing campaigns by group buying websites. Group buying is an ‘impulse buying’ phenomenon where products or services are offered for a strictly limited time at reduced prices. The deal is activated when a minimum number […]

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