Interview with Eve Property Group

We recently sat down with Amanda Falahey from Eve Property Group to talk all things retail leasing. Eve Property Group are Melbourne-based tenant representatives, specialising in commercial and retail lease negotiations. You can learn more about them here. 1. What are some key things we should look for in a retail or commercial space? When […]

NFC Legal Wrap-Up

Day one of the National Franchise Convention has come to a close after kicking off with the legal symposium at RACV Royal Pines on the Gold Coast. Below is a snapshot of some of the key takeaways and tips for franchisors. Marketing Fund Financial Statements The ACCC has said that franchisors should ensure their marketing […]

Changes to Fair Work Legislation

  New law has just passed Parliament amending the Fair Work Act. The changes were introduced following the highly publicised wage scandal involving 7-Eleven, which saw a systemic underpayment of workers by a large number of its franchisees. The Fair Work Amendment (Protecting Vulnerable Workers) Bill 2017 (the Bill) will: increase penalties for ‘serious contraventions’ […]

Small Business in Focus

The ACCC released the 14th edition of its Small Business in Focus report last week, outlining the number of reports and enquiries in the small business, franchising and agriculture sectors. The report interestingly shows an increase in the number of franchising-related enquiries in the last 6 months and a high number of complaints made in relation […]

ACCC Puts the Brakes On Ultra Tune

The ACCC is proving it is serious about enforcing compliance with the Franchising Code of Conduct, having today instituted proceedings against Ultra Tune. Ultra Tune is the franchisor of one of the largest motor repair organisations in Australia, with franchises in New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria, and Western Australia. [idea]The ACCC alleges that Ultra Tune […]

Marketing Fund Health Check

Franchisors, do you operate a marketing fund? If so, the Franchising Code of Conduct has a number of requirements that you must comply with.  Avoid getting stung by penalties and take this two-minute health check! [typeform_embed type=”embed” url=”https://legalite.typeform.com/to/A3ucmm”]   If you answered “No” to one or more questions, contact us now to see how we […]

Is Your Business a Licence or a Franchise?

Franchising in Australia is regulated by the Franchising Code of Conduct (“the Code”). In 2015, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (“ACCC”) was given greater audit and investigative powers and can now issue infringement notices of $9,000 per infringement, as well as seek orders for penalties of up to $54,000 for non-compliance with the Code. […]