Legal matters



What are the 10 biggest legal risks for start-ups in 2014?

1:33PM | Monday, 6 January 2014 | Lachlan McKnight

This year will bring new challenges and risks for start-ups. Here are 10 major changes you need to be aware of in 2014.

Why businesses need to take food safety seriously: SAI Global scholarship winner announced

12:24PM | Friday, 13 December 2013 | Rose Powell

Laboratory technician Emma McPherson from Lion Dairy and Drinks has been announced as the first recipient of a scholarship for the food safety training program, Advancing Food Safety, run by SAI Global.

Trademark ownership and social media: Who owns what?

12:40PM | Friday, 6 December 2013 | Vanessa Emilio

Kyle and Jackie O’s recent trademark battle with radio station owner Southern Cross Austereo has raised some critical legal questions about the ownership of social media accounts. Here’s how it impacts your business.

Take a few deep breaths

11:11PM | Friday, 29 November 2013 | Taskmaster

Business is inherently stressful: The greater the risks, rewards, opportunities and costs, the higher the pressure. It's important to contain yourself.

Five essential steps to legally protecting your online business

11:04PM | Friday, 29 November 2013 | Vanessa Emilio

Are you looking to launch a website or online business? Here’s a short checklist of what you need to start thinking about to protect yourself.

What to do when an employee injures themselves at work

11:48PM | Thursday, 21 November 2013 | Lachlan McKnight

If an employee injures themselves at work, you have legal obligations to uphold. From notifying your injury compensation scheme to creating a return to work plan, here are the key steps you need to follow.

What are the legalities of setting up as a sole trader?

11:00AM | Tuesday, 19 November 2013 | James Omond

The trick to starting up as a soloist is to keep your personal expenses separate from your business ones. Otherwise, things might get a little messy when the taxman visits.

Social media competitions: Top five legal tricks and traps

11:13PM | Monday, 18 November 2013 | Craig Yeung

Are you thinking of launching a competition on social media? Before you do, there are a few key legal issues you must be aware of first.

MBA student to start-up employee: Why I opted for energy and potential over security

11:02PM | Monday, 18 November 2013 | Rose Powell

Nikee Pomper accepted the chief operations officer role at customisable formal wear start-up Fame & Partners after realising she was fundamentally a “start-up person rather than a corporate one”.

Privacy policy update: The quick and the dirty

11:33PM | Friday, 15 November 2013 | Vanessa Emilio

New privacy laws are coming in by March next year. Here’s what your business needs to know to be prepared.

WikiLeaks documents show Australia could adopt much of the US copyright regime

11:31PM | Thursday, 14 November 2013 | Myriam Robin

Leaked documents from the negotiations of one of the world’s most secretive free trade agreements show Australian businesses could soon be subject to the worst aspects of the American copyright regime.

If you don’t know who owns your source code, it’s probably not you

11:00AM | Friday, 8 November 2013 | Rose Powell

Start-up founders who misunderstand the Australian copyright system are at risk of ending up in long legal battles over who owns their software or app, according to technology lawyer Alan Arnott.

Employees horsing around when they should be off and racing

11:59PM | Monday, 4 November 2013 | Taskmaster

With the Melbourne Cup Day come the sickies that stop a nation. Here’s what you need to do

Six tips for avoiding unfair dismissal claims

11:48PM | Monday, 4 November 2013 | Lachlan McKnight

If an employee is dismissed in a “harsh, unjust or unreasonable” manner they may be awarded up to six month’s pay. Here are six things you need to do before you sack a member of your staff.

Platform to pair problems to lawyers for quick solutions launches

11:03PM | Monday, 4 November 2013 | Gavin Lower

After noticing how hard it was for friends and acquaintances to find the right lawyer to handle their legal issues, corporate lawyer Jeremy Tompkins created a platform to fill the gap.

Don’t get copyright wrong: “I could have been a fragrance millionaire, Jerry!”

11:17PM | Friday, 1 November 2013 | Vanessa Emilio

The Seinfeld episode where Kramer “invents” a fragrance is a good example of a common mistake entrepreneurs make with copyrights.

Use it or lose it: Why you need to register your trademark

10:55PM | Friday, 25 October 2013 | Vanessa Emilio

Are you worried about someone stealing your business brand? Here are the steps you must take to make sure it’s protected.

Six issues to consider before taking legal action

10:43PM | Monday, 21 October 2013 | Lachlan McKnight

Are you considering taking legal action against someone? Here are six things you need to consider before you do.

How to stick it to brand thieves and protect your intellectual property

10:00AM | Thursday, 17 October 2013 | Rose Powell

Finn Peacock didn’t realise his straightforward approach to brand creation would get him into legal hassles, but he’s learned a lot since defending his solar industry quote comparison brand against local and international copycats.

What to do before you sign a contract

10:34PM | Tuesday, 8 October 2013 | Lachlan McKnight

Contracts can pose many legal risks for unwary small business owners. Here are the four things you must do before you put your signature on the dotted line.