Legal matters



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.

Does my website need legals? Infographic helps with answers

6:46PM | Monday, 17 June 2013 | Gavin Lower

You’re setting up a business with a website to promote it. Here's a guide to the fine print you should include.

The ins and outs of investor agreements

5:29PM | Wednesday, 29 May 2013 | Marc Peskett

Are you looking to find an investor for your venture? If so, here are some crucial points you need to make sure are covered in your investor agreements.

The 10 biggest issues facing start-ups in 2013: #5 Hiring and firing staff

5:47PM | Tuesday, 28 May 2013 | Gunilla Haglundh

In the latest of a 10-part series looking at the challenges start-ups face in 2013, we examine recruitment. Knowing how to hire staff or how to legally let them go is one of the big challenges businesses face.

Our product sucks: Dyson takes on Miele in legal stoush

5:08PM | Friday, 24 May 2013 | Cara Waters

Miele has had to amend some of its advertisements after being taken to the Advertising Claims Board by its competitor Dyson.

Melbourne gym ordered to stop ‘Superman Workout’ following legal battle with DC Comics

5:41PM | Thursday, 23 May 2013 | Yolanda Redrup

It’s not often a superhero makes an appearance in a Federal Court case, but Warner Brothers has won a legal battle against a Melbourne gym over the rights to the term ‘Superman Workout’.

Franchise review to introduce "good faith" provision into code

5:44PM | Monday, 20 May 2013 | Cara Waters

The long-awaited publication on Friday of the government’s review of the Franchising Code of Conduct has been welcomed by the franchising sector.

Aussies in the dark over cyber security: Seven top tips to follow

5:10PM | Monday, 20 May 2013 | Michelle Hammond

PayPal has issued some top tips for sharing information safely online after a report revealed more than half of Australians are unsure how many websites hold their personal information.

A grinding battle is brewing, as original Coffee Guy fights Retail Food Group

5:03PM | Friday, 17 May 2013 | Cara Waters

A small business which has been trading as Coffee Guy since 2006 is now struggling against the might of the Retail Food Group and its introduction of The Coffee Guy brand in Australia.

Govt throws extra $7.8m at business names register – but will it fix the problems?

5:41PM | Thursday, 16 May 2013 | Michelle Hammond

A small business group is confident the additional $7.8 million allocated to the National Business Names Register in the 2013 federal budget will fix the problems businesses face with the regime, after the opposition voiced its concern.

Etsy defends T&Cs after shutting down merchant’s shop

5:44PM | Thursday, 16 May 2013 | Michelle Hammond

US-based eCommerce website Etsy has defended its terms and conditions after one of its merchants claimed his shop was shut down amid suspicions his products weren’t handmade.