Commercial Law

  • By Tim Dixon

    Dealing with Bad Behaviour by Employees

    Wednesday, 13 December 2017
    Every now and again, employers find themselves faced with an employee who steps over the line and does something which requires a disciplinary response but may not warrant dismissal. This may occur when a long standing and valued employee does something out of character.

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  • By Fiona McCord

    Data Breach Reporting is on its way

    Tuesday, 14 February 2017
    The long-awaited Privacy Amendment (Notifiable Data Breaches) Bill 2016 (the data breach law) has been passed by both houses of the Parliament.

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  • By Tim Dixon

    Is your Standard Form Contract bullet proof?

    Tuesday, 4 October 2016
    Are you a franchisor? ...or a financial services provider with authorised representatives? …or a credit provider? …or a service provider? Do you have a standard form contract that you wheel out when you take on board a new business partner or customer?

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  • By David Court

    Part II: 12 Problem Words for Promotional Materials

    Friday, 23 September 2016
    Intellectual property rights and defamation Quoting from research or other materials that support your product or service can be a powerful marketing tool. So too is the use of celebrity endorsements, lifestyle images, logos and music. It is likely that these materials will be the intellectual property of another person. If you use the intellectual property of another person without their permission you risk a claim for damages from the owner as well as reputational issues.

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  • By David Court

    Part I: 12 Problem Words for Promotional Materials

    Tuesday, 13 September 2016
    Whatever your financial services business model, you are legally responsible for the content of the promotional material that you publish or otherwise make available in the public arena. This is the first of two blogs about the general principles covering promotional materials and a number of particular words, the use of which is either restricted or likely to raise legal and regulatory concerns. This part will cover the legal position in relation to promotional materials and misleading and deceptive conduct.

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  • By Tim Nethercote

    Presentation Skills 101 - My 10 Top Tips

    Tuesday, 6 September 2016
    Presentation skills can be challenging particularly when you are trying to maintain audience attention for long periods of time. To combat these challenges, Holley Nethercote/ Compact’s Tim Nethercote shares some tips on how to improve your presentation skills!

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  • By Andrew Ham

    Part III: Is your marketing material promoting your business, or trashing it?

    Wednesday, 20 April 2016
    This is the third, and final, part of a blog series about the ways to keep your marketing material from being misleading or deceptive. 

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  • By Andrew Ham

    Part II: Is your marketing material promoting your business, or trashing it?

    Monday, 11 April 2016
    This is the second part of a blog series about the ways to keep your marketing material from being misleading or deceptive.  

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  • By Andrew Ham

    Part I: Is your marketing material promoting your business, or trashing it?

    Tuesday, 5 April 2016
    10 tips to keep your marketing material from being misleading or deceptive - whether your business is financial services, credit services or anything else, you are responsible for the content of the material that you publish or otherwise issue into the public arena.  In this article we set out ten tips to keep your marketing material from being misleading or deceptive. 

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  • By David Court

    A timely reminder ahead of the festive season: The importance of being fair

    Monday, 14 December 2015
    Chrisco is a well-known provider of Christmas hampers, supplying to customers across Australia.  Its business model allows customers to pay for hampers through instalments during the year - this was referred to as the ‘HeadStart Plan’.  However, its standard form contracts recently caught the attention of the ACCC, which brought proceedings against Chrisco in the Federal Court in November. 

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