Legal matters



Top four tips for effectively hiring and managing outsourced workers

9:00AM | Tuesday, 17 September 2013 | Rose Powell

Matt Cooper, vice president of international and enterprise at oDesk, shares advice on how to hire and manage outsourced workers in advance of his appearance at the Startup Spring Festival.

How to get out of a contract

9:57PM | Monday, 16 September 2013 | Lachlan McKnight

You can’t just walk away from a binding legal contract, but there are some useful strategies to keep in mind when navigating this tricky path.

Four things to look out for with commercial lease agreements

9:54PM | Monday, 9 September 2013 | Lachlan McKnight

Last week, Tom O’Brien wrote about six important issues to consider when negotiating your first commercial lease. This week we’ll go into a bit more detail on commercial lease agreements, setting out a number of document specific clauses to keep an eye out for.

Product liability and start-ups: How to protect yourself

9:31PM | Monday, 2 September 2013 | Lachlan McKnight

Product liability is a potential minefield for careless start-ups and small businesses. However, there are some simple ways you can minimise the legal risks.

Copyright infringement: Five myths and facts

8:14PM | Friday, 30 August 2013 | Vanessa Emilio

This week for her mentor post, Vanessa Emilio has had created on behalf of this infographic for website designers to consider to avoid potential copyright breaches.

Diversity in the workplace: Don’t hire clones of yourself

8:33PM | Thursday, 29 August 2013 | Taskmaster

Dare, if you will, to imagine this nightmare scenario. It’s an office – a Taskmaster Tower – full of Taskmaster clones.

Start-up sector outraged over Apple’s attempt to trademark “startup” in Australia

8:35PM | Thursday, 29 August 2013 | Rose Powell

Apple’s attempt to trademark the term “startup” in Australia has outraged members of the local start-up community.

Apple tries to trademark “start-up” in Australia: Time to stand up to patent trolls and intellectual property bullies

8:33PM | Wednesday, 28 August 2013 | Taskmaster

There are some things in life your humble correspondent just can’t stand. An intellectual property bully is high on the list.

Apple seeks to trademark “startup” in Australia

8:36PM | Wednesday, 28 August 2013 | Rose Powell

Apple has lodged a trademark application for the term “startup” in Australia.

Six important things to remember when negotiating and reviewing your first commercial lease

8:46PM | Monday, 26 August 2013 | Tom O’Brien

If you’re preparing to sign your first lease agreement, here are some of the key issues you need to be aware of.

The company you keep: Seven tips to keep you out of trouble as a company director

8:02PM | Monday, 19 August 2013 | Ursula Hogben

Incorporating a business often also means becoming a director – along with all the legal responsibilities that entails. Here are seven key issues you must be aware of as a company director.

How to inexpensively sort out the legals for your start-up

8:59PM | Monday, 12 August 2013 | Lachlan McKnight

If cashflow is a challenge, finding the money to afford professional legal advice can be difficult. Here are four easy ways to cut your legal bills.

Make sure your business trademark is unique

8:50PM | Thursday, 8 August 2013 | Craig Yeung

The recent Apple v Amazon case in the United States concerning Amazon’s use of the phrase ‘Appstore’ provides an important lesson for business owners in relation to use of trademarks.

Small Perth store takes on UK's Topshop in name battle

8:58PM | Thursday, 8 August 2013 | Melinda Oliver

A fashion retailer in Perth is battling it out with UK retail giant Arcadia Group, ahead of the expected launch of the UK Topshop brand in the city.

Risk management for start-ups: The four legal risk areas you need to know about

8:52PM | Monday, 5 August 2013 | Lachlan McKnight

Once your business gets off the ground, the legal issues you face change. Here are four major legal risks every business needs to manage.

Trades worried about potential national licensing changes

7:33PM | Tuesday, 23 July 2013 | Gavin Lower

The federal government is moving to create a national licensing system for thousands of tradespeople around Australia. Here are the key details every tradie needs to know.

Are you sending email marketing or spam? A quick guide to the Spam Act

7:36PM | Monday, 22 July 2013 | Lachlan McKnight

If you use email as part of your marketing strategy, you could inadvertently be falling foul of the Spam Act without even realising it. Here are the legal basics you need to be aware of.

What to do when your staff steal from your business

7:18PM | Monday, 8 July 2013 | Lachlan McKnight

Do you suspect some of your staff could be stealing from your business? If so, here are your rights and responsibilities.

ACCC drags Scoopon into court over claims the group buying site misled businesses

7:24PM | Friday, 5 July 2013 | Cara Waters

The competition watchdog has started legal proceedings against online group buying site Scoopon in the Federal Court.

Incentivise your team: A quick guide to employee share schemes and phantom share schemes

7:28PM | Monday, 1 July 2013 | Ursula Hogben

The right team can make the difference between your businesses failing or achieving your vision.