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Retail leases in Victoria

By James Lainas (Lawyer) & Jennifer Huppert (Special Counsel) In Victoria, retail leases are governed by the Retail Leases Act 2003 (Vic) (Act). If your lease is deemed to be a retail lease, the Act imposes extra obligations on landlords and affords extra protections to tenants. Those obligations and protections override anything the parties may … Read more

Franchise Code: ACCC seeks penalties for alleged breach

It is mandatory under the Franchising Code of Conduct for a franchisor to disclose relevant business experience to prospective franchisees, including information about previous insolvency events. For the first time, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has sought penalties for breaches of the Code in the Federal Court. The revised Code (which came into … Read more

Concerns over Veda’s privacy practices

Credit reporting agency, Veda, recently came under fire over its privacy practices regarding disclosure of personal information for marketing purposes. Background Veda (a subsidiary of US credit reporting giant, Equifax) collates credit information about individuals and businesses. Individuals can obtain a free Veda credit report once every 12 months (additional reports in a 12 month … Read more