Read our latest insights where we discuss the legal changes and decisions affecting our clients, keeping you informed and helping you to make better legal and business choices.

  • 30 Nov2017

    Standard Contract Terms and Conditions for Derivatives Trading and Broker Rights

    Written by: Michael Bracken, Principal In derivatives trading disputes a financial services provider may seek to rely on the terms and conditions of the client agreement and trading practices to close out positions. The Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS)has indicated that in resolving disputes concerning a...
  • 30 Nov2017

    New Legislation Introduces Ban on Excessive Payment Surcharges

    Written by: Michael Bracken, Principal On 1 September 2017, a ban was imposed on the practice of charging customers excessive surcharges on card payments pursuant to Competition and Consumer Amendment (Payment Surcharges) Act 2016. It will affect all businesses operating in Australia or businesses utilising an Australian bank...
  • 30 Nov2017

    Financial Services Insights – December 2017

    Written by: Editor: Michael Bracken, Principal Financial Services Insights is a legal newsletter providing legal and regulatory updates relevant to financial services businesses and market participants to assist you to keep abreast of legislative changes and practices which may affect your business. In this 2nd edition,...
  • 30 Nov2017

    Expanded Protection for Whistleblowers in Corporate, Financial and Credit Sectors including Tax Misconduct

    Written by: Michael Bracken, Principal On 23 October 2017, the Commonwealth Government released an exposure draft of the Treasury Laws Amendment (Whistleblowers) Bill 2017 which contains significant reforms to Australia’s private sector whistleblower laws. The new regime will offer protection to whistleblowers in the corporate,...
  • 20 Nov2017

    Meridian excels in this year’s Doyle’s Guide 2017

    This year’s Doyle’s Guide listings acknowledge Meridian as a stand out performer. Impressively, every one of our insurance Principals in the Sydney, Newcastle and Melbourne offices was recognised as best in class for their expertise and ability in the areas...


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