A Broad Approach to the Definition of a Retail Premises

The Retail Leases Act 2003 (Vic) (“Act”) governs retail leases in Victoria.  To determine the application of the Act, consideration must be given to whether a lease constitutes a retail lease pursuant to its provisions.

The Court’s Approach to Applications for Spousal Maintenance

In financial proceedings between parties to a marriage or a de facto relationship, including a same sex relationship, the Family Court and the Federal Circuit Court have the power to make such orders as they may consider proper with respect to the financial maintenance of one party by another.

Family Law in the Social Media Age

Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube and Snapchat – social media accounts are so popular these days. It seems like almost everyone has at least one.
Social media can be a great tool to allow people to remain connected.

Fair Work Amendment (Protecting Vulnerable Workers) Bill 2017

Recently the Australian government introduced legislation to strengthen employment laws in an effort to better protect vulnerable workers. The Fair Work Amendment (Protecting Vulnerable Workers) Bill 2017 responds directly to the recent franchise industry employment scandals.

Property Alert - proposed reforms

The Victorian Treasurer, Tim Pallas MP, recently announced a number of proposed reforms affecting duty and tax relating to property, which will be contained within the 2017/18 Victorian Budget, subject to the passing of the 2017/18 Victorian Budget.

Amendments to the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth): 'Ipso facto' clauses

In an attempt to foster a more entrepreneurial culture in Australian business, amendments to the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) (the Act) to provide “safe harbour” to directors attempting to turn around failing businesses and the unenforceability of ‘ipso facto’ clauses were...