Insights Sectors: Fitness & Sport

May 14, 2018

INSIGHT: What to consider when you buy a Fitness Franchise

Franchise systems are prevalent in the Fitness Industry. Buying a franchise has a number of advantages, such as the association with an established and reputable brand or service, assistance with setting up elements of the franchise, initial management training and ongoing support via established policies and procedures, and access to existing business systems. These advantages […]

Nov 14, 2017

INSIGHT: How fit are you, legally?

Working as a Fitness Professional (FP) can be a rewarding career in helping others achieve their health and fitness goals, but the responsibilities also carry a number of substantial and potential legal and business risks, so it is always a good idea to check that you, and your business, are as well protected as you […]

Jun 16, 2016

INSIGHT: Insurance insights: The pitfalls of lending a helping hand

Lending a helping hand is an ideal ingrained into the Australian psyche. Doing that little bit extra is something we often do without thinking twice about it. However, in light of the recent decision of the New South Wales Court of Appeal in South Sydney Junior Rugby League Club Ltd v Gazis1 workers may now […]

May 12, 2014

INSIGHT: 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 […]

Feb 10, 2014

INSIGHT: Personal trainers: don’t sweat the legal small print

Over the years, we have been able to help clients grow their businesses with reduced legal risk, predominantly by ensuring that binding arrangements with others are properly documented (such as arrangements with partners, franchisees, employees and contractors), and that before being signed, written documents provided to our clients by third parties mirror the verbal agreement […]

Dec 2, 2013

INSIGHT: Fitness instructors, squats and waivers

The Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory has awarded damages of $255,261 to a student who injured himself while studying to be a fitness instructor at the Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT). The facts The student was enrolled at the CIT, studying to become a fitness instructor. He was participating in a class where […]

Aug 2, 2013

INSIGHT: Legal issues: What should a physiotherapist do when…

This hypothetical scenario considers the legal issues for a physiotherapist who relocates a sportsperson’s finger joint, in the absence of formal training. Athletes, both amateurs and professionals, commonly receive proximal interphalangeal (PIP) joint injuries. Your netball captain dislocates the fourth PIP joint of her hand during a defensive training drill two nights before your semi-final. […]