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Geowash’s appeal to overturn $4.2m fine dismissed  

Last month the Full Federal Court dismissed Geowash’s appeal against a 2019 decision that fined them $4.2m in for breaches of the Australian Consumer Law.    Australian Consumer Law breaches   Geowash charged franchisees to establish and fit-out their site, but in reality, the...
Franchising Your Business Part 1

Franchising Your Business: Which Advice Do You Need and Why? (Part 1)

Welcome to the first article in our 3-part series on which advice you need when franchising your business!  (co-authored by Sue Campbell, Franchise Right)   Approaching the mammoth task of franchising your business can seem...

Franchisors, Looking to Buy or Sell?

In this short and sharp webinar, Marianne spoke to Steve Finn from Finn Group about some key factors for franchisors to consider when buying or selling a franchise system. They...
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They’re Here! Changes to the Franchising Code Announced

After 3 years, spanning a national inquiry and heavy consultation with the franchising sector, changes to the Franchising Code of Conduct have finally been announced. ?✨ The Important Stuff Most...

Telstra’s $50 million mistake 

Telstra was penalised $50 million for unconscionable conduct spanning over the past 2 years and 7 months.    What is unconscionable conduct?  There is no precise legal definition, but it generally means conduct that is harsh, unfair or...
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Boosting Female Founders Initiative

Access to capital is crucial to any small business’ growth trajectory.   The Boosting Female Founders Initiative, started in 2020, is designed to support female entrepreneurs by providing access to early-stage capital in...

4 Year Reflection

On 1 February 2017, I started Legalite with one key mission in mind – to simplify legal services. I was frustrated with the ‘old’ way of doing things and was...
COVID Rent Relief Extension

Rent Relief Extended in Victoria

On Friday, the rent relief regulations (COVID-19 Omnibus (Emergency Measures) (Commercial Leases and Licences) Regulations 2020 (“Regulations”) were amended and extended until 31 December 2020.  Who is eligible?   Tenants...
Back in Motion

Back in Motion – Revisiting Unfair Contract Terms and Restraints of Trade

On 21 September 2020, the ACCC accepted a court-enforceable undertaking by franchisor Back In Motion Physiotherapy to remove some unfair restraint of trade terms from its franchise agreements. As there...
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Retail Leases Amendment Bill – What does this mean for your lease?

On 15 September 2020, the Victorian Government passed new legislation amending the Retail Leases Act 2003 (Vic). This will impact all retail leases in Victoria. The amendments relate to essential...
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