Competition law eBulletin - 1 October 2014

The well-publicised Draft Report of the Competition Policy Review Panel has lived up to its "Root and Branch Review" nickname, comprehensively examining the efficacy of Australia's competition policies, laws and institutions. In this eBulletin, we look in more detail at the key changes to substantive and procedural law put forward by the Panel in its draft recommendations.  Read more...

Competition Law eBulletin - 26 September 2014

Earlier this year, the Federal Government appointed a panel of experts to undertake a major review of Australian competition laws and underlying competition policy. On 22 September 2014, the panel released its draft report and recommendations In this eBulletin, we set out the key findings and recommendations in the draft report.  Read more...

Privacy eBulletin - 8 July 2014

Since the introduction of the new Australian Privacy Principles in March this year, various industries have speculated as to which sector might be the first to go under the Privacy Commissioner's microscope. In this eBulletin we look at the Commissioner's recent assessment of a healthcare provider, and provide practical tips on how to ensure organisations in a variety of industries remain compliant with the privacy laws.  Read more...

Defamation eBulletin - 27 June 2014

We live in an era where use of technology including Twitter and Facebook has become the norm for most organisations. But what should businesses do when negative comments are posted on their pages, and who can ultimately be held liable for such actions?  Read more...

Corporate eBulletin - 6 June 2014

In this article, partner Deanna Constable, looks at how company culture can be a key element to an organisation successfully pursuing its business strategy. She argues that culture is a powerful element in achieving higher levels of performance and commitment from staff, and identifies the board has having an important role to play in setting and leading their company's culture.  Read more...

Corporate eBulletin - 8 April 2014

In this eBulletin we discuss some key features of the newly secured Australia-Japan FTA and its implications for trade relations between the two nations and also for foreign direct investment by Japan into Australia  Read more...

Defamation eBulletin - 7 March 2014

Recent judgments of Australian and UK courts have shown that anyone from school leavers to media veterans can fall foul of defamation laws if they are not careful with their online comments.  Read more...

Corporate eBulletin - 13 February 2014

The Federal Court's decision in Paciocco v Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited that ANZ's late payment fees constituted penalty clauses will have significant implications for parties to contracts that impose specific monetary consequences for breach. In this eBulletin we look at the Paciocco and Pioneer decisions and discuss their impact on your business.  Read more...

Corporate eBulletin - 10 February 2014

Japanese global trading house Sumitomo Corporation has gained full ownership of Australian bulk grain handler Emerald Grain. We look at the acquisition, its announcement in light of other recent agribusiness sector moves, and the strategy of approaching Australia's competition and investment authorities to obtain a finding of "no objection" to a proposed foreign investment in Australia.  Read more...

Client Update - 11 December 2013

The transitional period under the Personal Property Securities Act 2009 (*PPSA*) ends on 30 January 2014.  Read more...

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