Court orders variation of unfair contract terms – lessons when using unilateral variation clauses

A recent Federal Court decision could serve as a guide when incorporating unilateral variation clauses into standard-form contracts with small business and consumers. ASIC successfully obtained orders declaring void and varying "u...

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Company execution of documents in a COVID-19 world

The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in a rapidly changing working environment, which has required companies to constantly pivot and adapt. In particular, signing paper documents in accordance with the law has become particularly ch...

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Avoiding trouble in tenders

Tendering is a process by which entities, commonly governments and private sector entities (Principal), procure goods and services competitively. Principals are usually familiar with the Request for Tender document (RFT), issued t...

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Starting Out on the Right Foot

Strategies for start-ups to enhance value and reduce risk So you've decided to start up a new business. You’ve: decided upon the vision, values and goals; assessed the competition and resources challenges; identif...

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APRA: Taking a Proactive Approach

APRA was the subject of criticism and adverse commentary throughout the Royal Commission into Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services and in the Commission’s Report. It has been taking a more proactive approach this ye...

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Open Banking – Open Everything

Much has been written about the move towards 'Open Banking' in Australia and the impact it will have for both banks and their customers. It is opportune to review and examine where we are at in Australia regarding implementati...

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