Changes to the Australian Consumer Law

From 1 July 2021, amendments to the Australian Consumer Law (ACL) definition of "consumer" will significantly extend consumer protections. The definition – the current form of which has been in place since 1986 – was, among...

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Electronic Execution of Documents – Permanent Changes Afoot

Permanent changes to the laws relating to the electronic signing of documents are emerging from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. In mid-2020, the Commonwealth Government introduced temporary measures allowing companies to execute do...

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Hashtag Police: New Ad Watchdog Code has #Influencer Marketing in its Sights

Businesses beware - recent Ad Standards decisions suggest a crackdown on influencer promotions. In February 2021, the Australian Association of National Advertisers (AANA) published a revised Code of Ethics (Code). Some businesse...

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Directors’ liability for insolvent trading post COVID-19 – where do I stand?

Temporary measures which relieved company directors from personal liability for insolvent trading, enacted by the Federal Government in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, ceased on 31 December 2020.  Accordingly, from 1 January 2...

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Updates to director resignation provisions under the Corporations Act

Section 203A of the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) (a replaceable rule) provides that a director may resign by giving written notice of the resignation to the company at its registered office. For companies with a Constitution, most ...

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Insolvency law reforms: simplifying matters for eligible small businesses

Following the end of temporary measures to protect businesses financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic on 31 December 2020,  the new Corporations Amendment (Corporation Insolvency Reforms) Act 2020 (Cth) ("Act") and associat...

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