Legal matters



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.

Start-ups issued warning over Australian Business Number crackdown

5:44AM | Wednesday, 15 May 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Start-ups could face fines in excess of $10,000 if they make false or misleading statements when applying for an Australian Business Number, after the tax office received special funding in the 2013 federal budget for a crackdown.

Start-ups in the dark over $6500 instant asset write-off

5:47PM | Monday, 13 May 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Start-ups are the least likely to know about the federal government’s $6500 instant asset write-off, according to a new MYOB report, which shows almost 40% aren’t aware of the tax perk.

New petition calls for computer-programming in primary schools

5:39PM | Monday, 13 May 2013 | Michelle Hammond

The National Computer Science School has encouraged entrepreneurs and “technology creators” to sign a petition supporting the introduction of computer-programming in Australian schools.

Kogan wins Supreme Court case against ispONE

5:51PM | Thursday, 2 May 2013 | Patrick Stafford

Tech retailer Kogan has won its case against ispONE, following several weeks of tense argument in the Victorian Supreme Court.