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Fake honey products – producers in a sticky situation


Posted By on 17/09/18

By Stephanie Koumbarakos (Trainee Lawyer) and Koula Politis (Senior Associate) Australia’s largest honey company, Capilano, is one of the retail brands stung for producing adulterated honey products sold in Australian retail outlets.  The complaints arose after 28 samples of various brands tested by a leading international laboratory were found to contain ingredients other than honey. … Read more

Franchising – will it remain a viable business model?

This is the text of a presentation given by Peter Buberis to the Council for Economic Development in Adelaide recently. The current atmosphere – media/senate inquiry Why the fuss now?  Confusion with Finance Royal Commission – contract v bad behaviour. Concern from offshore investors.  The franchising industry seems to be in a present state of turmoil … Read more

Collective bargaining – change is on the way

By Darrell Choong (Trainee Lawyer) and Paul Welling (Principal Solicitor) The gates of Troy have been breached!  At least, they might be soon. In a somewhat surprising turn of events, the ACCC is considering a class exemption for collective bargaining by eligible businesses, agribusinesses and franchisees.  Currently, collective bargaining is only allowed if a business … Read more

Use of restricted terminology by financial advisers – ASIC strikes again!


Posted By on 17/08/18

The Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) is continuing in its relentless drive to raise standards in the Australian financial advice industry, with its recent action to require a number of financial advisory outfits to retract claims of “independence”. Restricted terminology Under the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) (the Corporations Act) and other laws, entities are … Read more

De novo appeals against sentence to be removed

Having acted for corporate accused who have been exposed to the inefficiency and costs of running a plea twice (in the summary and then appellate jurisdiction) on the same evidence, material and submissions, the amendments proposed by the Justice Legislation Amendment (Unlawful Association and Criminal Appeals) Bill 2018 are welcome. Current position An appeal by … Read more