Why You Should Care What Legacy You Leave

Written by rouse_admin on March 22, 2018

When you die, you can gift your physical possessions, but you also have an opportunity to pass on your values, attitudes and philosophies.

When considering your Will and Legacy, create opportunities for flexibility and choice (within a structured environment).  Too many limitations can exacerbate poor relationships and create unnecessary expense – stay true to your ideals and make practical choices!

1. Gift a Well-Organized Estate

Minimise the time and effort required for others to work out what your legacy is.

This is done by:


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So you’ve been hacked…

Written by rouse_admin on February 21, 2018

By David Rose 

Data breaches are a common occurrence in the tech world. In the past, if you wanted to steal information, you would have had to buy a crowbar, break a window and jimmy open a filing cabinet. These days, however, stealing data is as easy as guessing a password. Whether your breach is due to a phishing scam, a patchy security system, or Janet in accounting, most modern companies have to deal with the issue of digital security.

In recognition

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Fair Enough: Australian Copyright Law and Content Creators

Written by rouse_admin on February 12, 2018

By David Rose 

If you’ve ever been on YouTube, you may have noticed something funny crammed between the comments section and the video. It usually looks something like this:

“Copyright Disclaimer Under Section 107 of the Copyright Act 1976, allowance is made for “fair use” for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, and research. Fair use is a use permitted by copyright statute that might otherwise be infringing. Non-profit, educational or personal use tips the balance in favor of

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Compliance with new employment laws: ‘reasonable steps’ franchisors can take

Written by rouse_admin on February 5, 2018

By Luke McKavanagh, Justine Ansell & Matthew Rouse 

The Fair Work Amendment (Protecting Vulnerable Workers) Act 2017 (the Act)took effect on 15 September 2017. The Act was triggered in response to the highly publicised 7-Eleven employee underpayment scandal which has engulfed the franchise sector since late 2015, along with several recent systemic underpayment scandals by Domino’s Pizza and Caltex franchisees.

The key changes brought by the Act include:

1- new offences and increased financial penalties (details below) for breaches of workplace laws, including

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What is the Franchising Code of Conduct?

Written by rouse_admin on January 29, 2018

This article was previously published on the Inside Franchise Business website.

The Franchising Code of Conduct is a mandatory industry code. It contains a process to determine what constitutes a franchise agreement, and regulates the conduct of franchisors and franchisees towards each other.

The Code has been in force since 1 October 1998 and it sits within the Competition and Consumer Act 2010. A revised version was introduced on 1 January 2015 which governs all franchise agreements entered into, renewed, extended or varied

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Are you prepared for mandatory data breach notification laws?

Written by rouse_admin on December 19, 2017

From 22 February 2018, the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) will include a mandatory data breach notification scheme. Under the scheme, entities governed by the Privacy Act, often referred to as APP entities will be required to notify the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) and any affected individuals of ‘eligible data beaches’.

One only has to look to Uber’s recent admission of a worldwide data breach, exposing 57 million of its users, to understand why the introduction of mandatory data

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How to get out of a franchise

Written by rouse_admin on December 14, 2017

By Luke McKavanagh, Peter Rouse and Jashan Singh.

A franchise agreement is a legally binding commitment for the term of the franchise with restrictions on exiting early. Franchisors and franchisees must follow different steps if they believe they have grounds to unilaterally terminate the agreement. This will always depend on the circumstances.

What can franchisees do to end the franchise agreement?

Franchisees may wish to end a franchise agreement early for a variety of reasons. The business

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Unfair contract terms for small businesses: ACCC v JJ Richards

Written by rouse_admin on December 3, 2017

This time last year, the protections against unfair contract terms were extended under the Australian Consumer Law (ACL) to include standard form contracts involving small businesses.

A ‘standard form contract’ is generally a pre-prepared contract which offers the same or similar terms to all consumers, and is often utilised by larger businesses to improve efficiency.

In conjunction with the new laws surrounding standard form contracts, the ACCC has ramped up its efforts to investigate businesses relying upon unfair contract terms. This recently

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Is my Company Constitution tax effective?

Written by rouse_admin on December 3, 2017

Many will think of the Constitution of their company as a predominantly commercial document setting out the powers and procedures for the making of decisions by directors and shareholders, and the rights attaching to shares in respect of dividends, voting and winding up.

As far as tax is concerned the main focus is to allow for different classes of shares.

However, the content of the Constitution has an impact on the tax results in at least three important ways:

Super contributions for directors;

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Written by rouse_admin on November 29, 2017

The Supreme Court of Queensland has reaffirmed the law that a debtor only has 21 days to file and serve an application to set aside a creditor’s statutory demand, regardless of whether the Christmas/New Year period that falls within the 21 days.

Earlier this month, the Supreme Court handed down its decision1 in an application by J&K Homes Pty Ltd, who had been served with a creditor’s statutory demand by the creditor, Evans Lawyers

The creditor’s statutory demand was served on the

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