High Court decision a reminder misleading ads could land your business in hot water

2:06PM | Monday, 3 February 2014 | Craig Yeung

Australia’s highest court, the High Court of Australia, has recently made a decision that serves as a clear reminder to businesses on the risks associated with misleading advertising and pricing of goods and services.

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.

Government canvasses new employee share scheme arrangements for start-ups

8:08PM | Friday, 9 August 2013 | Craig Yeung

The Assistant Treasurer recently released a discussion paper covering employee share schemes (ESS) for start-up companies. Here are the key details you must know.

What rights do I have to online sales as a franchisee?

6:15PM | Thursday, 27 June 2013 | Craig Yeung

Online sales can be a contentious topic between franchisors and franchisees.

Can we trademark a unique logo with a generic business name?

2:16PM | Thursday, 14 February 2013 | Craig Yeung

While this is a complicated situation, there are a few important things you need to know before you visit the trademark office.

When should I start thinking about succession planning?

11:30PM | Tuesday, 13 November 2012 | Craig Yeung

Succession planning is critical in ensuring your business continues when you leave and that the value of your investment can be realised when you sell.

Should I pursue legal action or is it too expensive?

10:54PM | Monday, 1 October 2012 | Craig Yeung

Subject to a number of factors, legal action can be expensive and time consuming. However, there are alternatives such as mediation, arbitration and expert determination.

What privacy issues are involved in building a marketing database?

9:10PM | Wednesday, 5 September 2012 | Craig Yeung

There are a range of legal issues you must consider before building a customer database.

Are there any standard product quality guarantees between buyers and suppliers?

8:56PM | Thursday, 2 August 2012 | Craig Yeung

Before you go any further, you need to become familiar with the protections and guarantees provided under Australian Consumer Law.

What constitutes the "prior use" of a trademark?

7:57PM | Friday, 15 July 2011 | Craig Yeung

Generally, the first person to apply for a trademark in Australia has a stronger claim to using it.

How legally binding is a Memorandum of Understanding?

6:49PM | Monday, 25 June 2012 | Craig Yeung

Generally, preliminary written agreements fall into one of three legal categories. These categories, in turn, determine how legally binding an agreement is.

Is there a template I should follow when it comes to drawing up non-disclosure agreements?

5:17PM | Friday, 18 May 2012 | Craig Yeung

If you don’t do your homework, signing an NDA can end in disaster. Here are some critical points to look at.

A competitor is bad-mouthing me to my own clients. What should I do?

4:35PM | Tuesday, 17 April 2012 | Craig Yeung

Depending on the circumstances and the conduct of your competitor, you may have recourse at law to protect your reputation or that of your company.

How should I structure my business to make it attractive for a buyer?

2:55PM | Wednesday, 8 February 2012 | Craig Yeung

The simpler the structure and the more organised your documentation is, the easier and more attractive it will be for the buyer, all other things being equal.

How should I set up an arrangement with a supplier?

1:34AM | Thursday, 12 January 2012 | Craig Yeung

The main point to remember is that the arrangement should be documented in one central place rather than in many different emails or conversations.

What are the key things I need to put in a shareholders’ agreement?

11:22PM | Tuesday, 29 November 2011 | Craig Yeung

Keep in mind, there is no one correct form of shareholders’ agreement and its content will always depend on the circumstances and what the shareholders agree.

Is it possible to patent particular processes and ways of doing things?

10:22PM | Wednesday, 19 October 2011 | Craig Yeung

It is possible to obtain a patent for an apparatus, or for processes and methods of doing something, provided it meets certain criteria.

What are the essentials I need to speak to a lawyer about when starting a business?

9:23PM | Thursday, 29 September 2011 | Craig Yeung

It is a fact of business that quality advice costs money.

How do you work out the split of a business when you have a co-founder?

8:26PM | Friday, 19 August 2011 | Craig Yeung

The most important thing to remember is to work it out upfront and have that arrangement properly documented in writing.

What are the legal issues I should watch for when selling a stake in my start-up business?

6:29PM | Friday, 10 June 2011 | Craig Yeung

The more specific you are when documenting your arrangements from the outset, the lesser the risk of an argument later.