Insights

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.

  • 25 Nov2014

    ACCC given greater powers to enforce new Franchising Code of Conduct

    Since 1998 the mandatory Franchising Code of Conduct has been the key instrument regulating the conduct of franchises in Australia, as prescribed under the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth). A new Franchising Code of Conduct was made public on...
  • 10 Sep2014

    The broadening shadow of section 54

    The High Court of Australia has dismissed the appeal of various Lloyd’s underwriters (the "Insurers"). The High Court’s reasoning presents a reading of section 54 that produces a literal and commercial outcome, which many insurers will find disappointing. (Maxwell v...
  • 25 Aug2014

    Commercial Insights – August 2014

    Written by: Georgina Odell, Senior Associate In our Commercial Insights, we introduce our new team members, Principal Sharlene Wellard and Special Counsel Ian Goddard. Also in this issue we look at some upcoming events including the Pharmacy Business Network (12 September 2014). Articles: Dismissal may be warranted but...
  • 20 Aug2014

    New office aims to improve health complaints process in Queensland

    Written by: Scott Ames, Special Counsel and Sarah Twinn, Solicitor Queensland’s new independent health complaints agency, the Office of the Health Ombudsman (OHO), commenced operation on 1 July this year. Replacing the Health Quality and Complaints Commission (HQCC), all health complaints in Queensland must now be directed to the OHO...
  • 20 Aug2014

    Watch out for that last step

    Written by: Nevena Brown, Principal The Supreme Court of NSW has found a construction company employer liable for its failure to warn an employee to refrain from standing upon the top rail of a scaffolding structure which was defective in any circumstances but accepted that...

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