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Dover Financial – lessons for authorised representatives


Posted By on 25/06/18

By Clea Cole (Lawyer) and Venn King (Special Counsel) Ongoing investigation by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (“ASIC”) into Dover Financial Advisers Pty Ltd (“Dover Financial”, one of Australia’s largest financial planning businesses) has highlighted the risks associated with financial planners becoming authorised representatives under another party’s Australian financial services licence (“AFSL”). An “authorised … Read more

How to deal with negative customer reviews


Posted By on 7/06/18

As your mum used to say, ‘sticks and stones may break your bones, but negative customer reviews might break your business’ (or something along those lines, anyway). The ACCC recently announced that Wisdom Properties Group Pty Ltd received a firm slap on the wrist – and a court-enforceable undertaking – requiring it to remove certain … Read more

GDPR – impact on Australian businesses


Posted By on 7/06/18

On 25 May 2018, changes to the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) came into effect requiring organisations all over the world (including businesses in Australia) to provide a high level of protection to the personal data of individuals in the EU, and allow those individuals to maintain better control over their personal data. … Read more

Overhaul of the family court system

Today we have seen splashed across all news media outlets the announcement of an “overhaul” of the family court system to deal with the substantial delays of having matters finally determined in our court system. Background Since 2000 we have had two separate courts, with two separate sets of rules, forms and court procedures to … Read more

Safety incidents – how to prevent serious injuries in the kitchen


Posted By on 23/04/18

Recent court decisions regarding serious safety incidents involving companies in the food industry are an important reminder of the safety risks and serious injuries that can result from unguarded food machinery and equipment during use, cleaning and maintenance.  In these cases, the companies involved were found to be in breach of their duties under the Occupational … Read more

Food recall: what to do when things go wrong


Posted By on 9/04/18

By Stephanie Koumbarakos (Trainee Lawyer) and Amelia Edwards (Lawyer) Whether or not to conduct a food recall is a nightmare most food producers and manufacturers don’t want to contemplate. As at 3 April 2018, a rockmelon-related listeria outbreak has resulted in six confirmed deaths and caused serious illness in at least 13 others. The incident, … Read more