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Hello Australian Financial Complaints Authority – what now?


Posted By on 1/10/18

By Stephanie Koumbarakos (Trainee Lawyer) and Venn King (Special Counsel) Complaints – nobody needs them, but everyone has them!  Which is why there have to date been a variety of external dispute resolution (“EDR”) systems approved by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (“ASIC”) in the financial services arena.  But who needs multiple dispute resolutions … Read more

4 yearly review of Modern Awards – our Q2 update

By Michael Cochrane (Senior Associate), Josephine Mammone (Trainee Lawyer) and Stephanie Koumbarakos (Trainee Lawyer) There has been much discussion about the macroeconomic picture of our workplace relations system in recent times with the gig economy, “wage theft”, the ACTU’s “change the rules” campaign, enterprise bargaining trends – and of course that leadership circus in Canberra … Read more

Financial services – may the licence be with you …


Posted By on 20/09/18

… or why corporate advisers really need an Australian Financial Services Licence By Venn King (Special Counsel) and Darrell Choong (Trainee Lawyer) There has been a great disturbance in the Force … or the financial services world at least! A recent case, Validus Advisory Group v Consolidated Tin Mines Ltd [2018] NSWSC 417 (“Validus”) has shone … Read more

My Health Record – privacy concerns for children of separated parents

By Adrian Faelli (Trainee Lawyer) and Kristina Antoniades (Special Counsel) From 15 November 2018, all Australians will automatically receive an online My Health Record unless they choose to opt out before this date. Privacy concerns A variety of privacy concerns surrounding sensitive personal and medical information contained within My Health Records have been raised since … Read more

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