Mind your business (IP): The importance of guarding your intellectual property in supply relationships

Receiving an order from a new customer or distributor for your innovative product or service can be an exciting and rewarding event, particularly for SMEs trying to crack an interstate or overseas market. Oftentimes though, in the eagerness to cement this new supply channel, businesses can overlook the importance of setting ground rules when it [...]

2021-03-10T00:51:11+00:00March 10th, 2021|Business Advice, Contracts, Corporate Advisory, Intellectual Property|Comments Off on Mind your business (IP): The importance of guarding your intellectual property in supply relationships

Upcoming changes to unfair contract term legislation

Unfair contracts legislation came into effect around November 2016 targeting standard form contracts of large businesses that were unfair to and taking advantage of the consumer.  Since its introduction there have been a few amendments, the biggest being extending the definition of consumer to include small businesses. 2021 is bringing further amendments which are quite [...]

2021-02-11T00:12:37+00:00February 11th, 2021|Business Advice, Contracts, Corporate Advisory|Comments Off on Upcoming changes to unfair contract term legislation

ASIC Cyber Security Proceedings Initiated

ASIC has commenced proceedings against RI Advice Group Pty Ltd in the Federal Court of Australia for alleged failure to have adequate cyber security systems in place.  This marks the first time that ASIC have instituted proceedings of this kind recognising the importance of cyber security as well as the continued spotlight on financial services [...]

2021-02-01T09:36:33+00:00February 1st, 2021|Business Advice, Compliance, Corporate Advisory, Data Protection|Comments Off on ASIC Cyber Security Proceedings Initiated

Vaccinating seafarers – an essential workforce?

In December 2020, the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) passed several resolutions specifically addressing the need for seafarers, and other marine personnel, to be designated as key workers. Three vaccines have come to the forefront in Western countries – the Pfizer-BioNtech vaccine, Moderna vaccine and Oxford University-AstraZeneca vaccine. Essential workers like healthcare workers have already started [...]

2021-01-31T22:18:03+00:00January 27th, 2021|Business Advice, Corporate Advisory|Comments Off on Vaccinating seafarers – an essential workforce?