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Are you having concerns about your commercial lease during the COVID-19 pandemic?

*Updated The Retail and Other Commercial Leases (Covid-19) Regulation 2020 has now commenced. The Regulation provides for good faith leasing principles to apply to commercial tenancies between landlords and tenants. Commercial tenancies include retail, office and industrial leases. In order for these leasing laws to apply to a tenant, the tenant must prove to their landlord that they meet the […]

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COVID-19 and the Local Court

COVID-19 has affected our courts with matters adjourned for lengthy periods to reduce numbers attending court. As we are all aware the strict restrictions put in place due to COVID-19 has caused major disruptions to every part of our lives. The court process and the criminal justice system have not been immune. Many matters have been adjourned for lengthy periods […]

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Electronic contracts

How binding are electronic contracts?

Electronic contracts are becoming more frequent in both business and personal use. There are a number of ways an electronic contract can be executed: • Clicking a checkbox to acknowledge agreement. • Typing yes or I agree in a form online. • Signing a document with a stylus or your finger. • Using a facility such as DocuSign to electronically sign a document. These […]

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Statement of Claim

Have You Been Served With A Statement Of Claim?

If you have been served with a statement of claim, there are 4 steps you need to take. A statement of claim is the initial document which is filed with a court by a person or company making a claim (the plaintiff) against another person or company (the defendant) to start court proceedings. The types of claims that may be […]

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Changes to Retail Leases Act

Changes to the Retail Leases Act

Have you got a retail business? Are you leasing retail premises? From 1 July 2017, there are changes to the NSW Retail Leases Act. Disclosure Statement A Landlord is now required to provide a reasonable estimate of all outgoings payable by the tenant. Such as: Council rates Water Rates Insurance Cleaning Any other building running expenses What happens if the […]

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Workplace Bullying – Commission warns against “Excessive sensitivity”

Individuals have a relatively high threshold to attain in order to establish workplace bullying I have posted this article published by the Law Society of NSW on workplace bullying, that appears to shed some light on the Fair Work Commissions interpretation of bullying. In this case, a recruitment coordinator team leader was sacked for bullying a member of staff. The […]

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If you lend money make sure you register your security interest

A new court decision has found that the Personal Property Security Register (PPSR) is the final word on what is a security interest in personal property. Where you lend money to clients or customers, you need to be aware of the Personal Property Security Register and how it can protect your interests if used correctly. Here is a recent article published […]

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