Business & Commercial Law

Fancy A European Holiday? A Pocket Travel Guide to the GDPR

Why Europe? When we put Privacy into perspective, our modern day Privacy regime is largely driven by developments in the EU, UK and the US. A Global Regulator is not yet a reality, but many countries have introduced laws based on the automatic processing of personal data that have been developing in Europe since [...]

It’s a Matter of Trust – 5 Tamper-Free Tips So You Don’t Get Caught Out By Trading Trusts

Well, weren’t we all bowled over this week when our dear sporting leader made a Captain’s Call that stumped all of us and broke the nation’s trust! That did get us thinking about Trusts though, a perfectly legal device often used in business for trading and protection of assets. In the words of Steve [...]

Married Hacked at First Sight: Dating tips for your Data Breach Response Plan

You left your laptop at the pub and it has a copy of your organisation’s debtor ledger and customer list on it – should you be worried? Your phone goes missing. It is unlocked and can be used to access the servers at work – is that a problem? One [...]

2018 – It’s Here to Stay

Here we are in early 2018, a time where all those earnest NYE resolutions and commitments (lose weight, get fit, eat healthy, find true love, have more dynamic relationships etc. etc. etc.) all lie behind us, busted and broken. 7% of the year has now been spent on sun, sport and sausages and now [...]

5 Major Changes You May Have Missed in 2017

It’s usually at this time of the year when we collectively sigh and ask “Where did that year go? It only seems like yesterday that it was this time last year (if you get the drift). …..” If life is what happens when you are busy making other plans, then you may have missed some [...]

Payment Surcharge Ban Can Pop Anyone’s Balloon…. Don’t Let It Burst Yours

You have probably heard about Red Balloon being pricked by the ACCC for allegedly overcharging a small number of Customers for excessive payment surcharges. Regulators have a habit of going after well-known businesses to get the message out that the rules apply to everyone no matter the size of the business. If you hadn’t [...]

Putting Privacy in Perspective – What You Need to Know About Mandatory Data Breach Notification

Big data is here to stay…. Believe it or not, we live in a Data Driven World. A BIG data driven world. Just think about it – we have our digital footprints everywhere and they are easily traced to reveal more about ourselves than we care to realise. Some examples – when we sign [...]

The Paradox of a Bad Debt – Five Fun Facts

It's that time of year (again) when you have to decide whether you should “take the hit" and write-off that bad debt and (subject to complying with ATO requirements) claim a deduction OR keep chasing the debtor. You can do both of course, but often once the debt is off the books and not [...]

Seven Simple Steps to Gear Your Business for Success in 2017

We all start the new year with the usual well-intentioned resolutions (lose weight, get fit, find love…) but after a few weeks (or, sometimes, hours) we are back to our old habits. In 2017, more than any other year, the outlook both nationally and globally is uncertain. Will the Turnbull Government’s one seat majority [...]

Those 5 Circles Are Back…

How quickly these Olympic times come around, with a bagful of new names and new records to match. There are also other "Circles" we should remember if we want a gold medal performance, The 5 C's of Credit. Does your Customer make the team? See if they have the necessary mettle and ask these questions:- [...]