Third line forcing – a new relaxed approach

Written by rouse_admin on November 24, 2017

Changes to legislation usually tighten existing regulations. Recent changes to the provisions of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Act) covering third line forcing are a pleasant departure from this norm.

Third line forcing is a form of exclusive dealing, where a business will only supply goods or services, or give a particular price or discount, on the condition that a person buys the goods or services from a nominated third party. If the person does not comply with the condition,

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How do I get value from a lawyer?

Written by rouse_admin on November 15, 2017

A lawyer can seem like an unnecessary expense when buying a franchise with so many other costs to consider. Remember that buying a business is one of the biggest decisions you’ll make in your life. Legal advice should be considered as an investment. Like any investment, there are a number of key ways to secure a good return.

1. Experience

Find a lawyer experienced in franchising who handles franchise-related issues on a daily basis. A specialist will know what to look for,

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Do you own your own name?

Written by rouse_admin on November 14, 2017

A lot of time, effort and money goes into branding a business – coming up with the name, designing a logo, generating marketing material, etc.

Most people will do the usual business, company and domain name searches, and if the name is available, they register.  This is certainly a start, but this isn’t where these enquiries should end.

Why isn’t a business/company/domain search sufficient?

These simple search functions tell you whether the exact name you’ve punched in is already taken. They don’t tell

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On-selling your franchise – what you need to know

Written by rouse_admin on November 8, 2017

Like any business, once you establish your franchise the ideal goal is to build goodwill then on-sell it in the future for a profit. Whilst this may not be your short-term goal, it should nevertheless be kept in mind.

A franchise is an investment. So long as you have a franchise agreement in place you will have the right to sell your business and the franchisor cannot unreasonably withhold their consent to the sale. Like any business, the more profitable and

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The Five Things You Can do to Assist in a Smooth Transaction When Buying a Property

Written by rouse_admin on November 1, 2017

Looking to buy? It doesn’t matter if it’s your first home, an investment or if you have done it a dozen times, it’s a big deal.

Here are the top five things you can do to ensure your purchase runs as smoothly as possible:

1. Forward us a copy of the Contract before you sign:

It is extremely important that you know your rights under the Contract and the critical dates and conditions contained in it. We normally suggest inserting building

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How to handle renewals with a difficult franchisee

Written by rouse_admin on October 24, 2017

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

How to handle renewals with a difficult franchisee

Entering a Franchise Agreement (Agreement) with a franchisee is a commitment for the term of the franchise. Dealing with a difficult franchisee can be problematic when locked into a contract and trying to maintain a business relationship. Whether it’s a clash of personalities or contrasting business values, a franchise relationship can easily become strained.

A “difficult” franchisee can range from someone who frequently questions your

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6 steps to set up a franchised business

Written by rouse_admin on October 24, 2017

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

There are six simple steps to follow if you’re planning to buy a franchise:

Step 1 – Research

There are many franchise systems to choose from.  A franchise is a long-term commitment. Ensure you do thorough research and due diligence before you decide on a system. Get as much information and as many figures as you can. You don’t need a business degree to run a franchise, but it

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Written by rouse_admin on October 20, 2017

The use of testamentary trusts in estate planning (particularly for clients with a reasonable level of income producing investments) is relatively standard practice. It is not uncommon in preparing the Will to pass all of the assets of the testator into one or more testamentary trusts.

The tax advantages of testamentary trusts are obvious – distributions to minors are not restricted to a $416 limit as applies to discretionary trusts, as well as the income splitting advantages of discretionary testamentary trusts.

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If it’s too good to be true… it could cost you.

Written by rouse_admin on October 3, 2017

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Consumer Affairs Victoria v Gibson

The Federal Court has handed down its decision on penalties against Belle Gibson.

Ms Gibson rose to fame (and infamy) surrounding promotions of her book and mobile app titled The Whole Pantry, wherein she claimed to have beaten cancer through diet and alternative therapies after rejecting conventional cancer treatment.

The App and Book, published in August 2013 and November 2014 respectively, netted Gibson and her related company estimated sales of over $1 million, along with breakfast

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Business Lawyer Brisbane with Rouse Lawyers

Written by rouse_admin on September 28, 2017

Selling A Business in Queensland – What your Brisbane Business Lawyer Does

When selling your business there are many legal factors to consider, and if you are considering selling your business you should seek advice and guidance from a business lawyer well in advance. A Brisbane based business lawyer will have intimate knowledge of how businesses are valued, and the skillset and expertise to prepare the necessary documentation. Doing these things will help ensure you receive the best possible outcome from

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