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Director Identification Number to battle phoenixing activities


Posted By on 12/10/17

By Clea Cole (Lawyer) and Darren Sommers (Principal Solicitor) Last month, the Honourable Kelly O’Dwyer MP announced that the Turnbull Government would be introducing new laws in a bid to crack down on illegal phoenixing activities that cost the Australian economy up to an estimated $3.2 billion per year. What are phoenixing activities? “Phoenixing” occurs … Read more

Franchise update: Vulnerable Workers Bill passes

The Fair Work Amendment (Protecting Vulnerable Workers) Bill 2017 passed on 5 September 2017. Despite efforts by the Franchise Council of Australia and others in the franchising industry, the amendments targeted at making franchisors liable for Fair Work Act contraventions by their franchisees were passed largely in their original form. Under the amendments a franchisor … Read more

Egg producer fined for false “free range” claims


Posted By on 21/08/17

One of WA’s largest egg producers has been handed a record $750,000 fine for making false or misleading representations regarding “free range” egg claims. The Federal Court imposed the penalty on Snowdale Holdings Pty Ltd, which produces eggs under various labels including Eggs by Ellah, Swan Valley Free Range and Wanneroo Free Range. In May … Read more

Cloudy with a good chance of GST


Posted By on 14/08/17

By Eli Bursky (Lawyer, Private Wealth) and Darren Sommers (Principal Solicitor, Technology) As the use of the cloud to provide digital products and services has grown, so too has the interest of governments in taxing cloud-based transactions. The difficulty for governments, such as Australia’s, is that the cloud infrastructure is largely located overseas and their … Read more