Intellectual Property and IT

Who owns the copyright in work created by an employee?

Richard Suters 21/12/2020

An employee may create original work when performing their duties. It is important for employers to understand who owns the copyright in such work. This issue becomes particularly important when the work is of significant value. This article will explore the current position under Australian law regarding the ownership of copyright in work created by employees.

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Corporate and Commercial

Director identification numbers for all Australian directors

Richard Suters 21/12/2020

Legislation requiring all directors of Australian corporations to have a unique identification number received Royal Assent earlier this year. A principal purpose of the legislation is to increase director accountability. This article will explore the changes and what steps should be taken in preparation for the new obligations.

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Property and Planning

Commercial and Retail Leasing during the Covid-19 Pandemic Period

Elizabeth McDonald 21/12/2020

Since April, the NSW Government has passed the Retail and Other Commercial Leases (Covid-19) Regulation 2020, amended that Regulation, repealed that Regulation and replaced it with a new regulation and, most recently, announced a Regulation #3 for a limited class of tenants until March 2021. Having trouble working out your obligations and rights as a landlord or tenant? This article provides an overview of the key things you need to know.

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Employment Law / Industrial Relations

After a challenging year, JobKeeper is still available to some - what changes can these employers make to their workforces?

Susan Moran 21/12/2020

What Covid-19 Fair Work Act changes remain in place to assist employers manage their workforce? We set out below the current status.

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Family Wealth & Business Succession

Update: Creating or changing a will or power of attorney during the COVID-19 pandemic

Phillip Hewitt 29/09/2020

Earlier this year we wrote an article about legislation which temporarily allows remote witnessing of documents which would otherwise need to be witnessed in the physical presence of a signatory. This legislation will continue to be in force until 26 March 2021.

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Corporate and Commercial

Update: Insolvency Safe Harbour - Update for Directors

James Stevenson 07/09/2020

Important update to our previous article titled 'Insolvency Safe Harbour - Update for Directors' dated 26 August 2020.

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Corporate and Commercial

Time to review your terms and conditions in preparation for upcoming change to Australian Consumer Law

Richard Suters 26/08/2020

From July 2021, the definition of “consumer” in the Australian Consumer Law will be significantly broadened. Suppliers of goods or services should consider the implications of the change and otherwise take the opportunity to review their terms and conditions of supply.

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Corporate and Commercial

Insolvency Safe Harbour - Update for Directors

James Stevenson 26/08/2020

A must read for directors: James Stevenson, Consultant provides a useful update to directors as the date that temporary insolvent trading protections will end looms.

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Family Wealth & Business Succession

Changes to the application of foreign surcharges on testamentary trusts

Phillip Hewitt 26/08/2020

From 1 January 2021, trustees of testamentary discretionary trusts may be subject to surcharges on residential land in New South Wales owned or acquired by the trust. In this article, our Estate Planning specialist, Phillip Hewitt, explains what you need to know about this recent law reform.

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Intellectual Property and IT

New Increase to IP Australia Official Fees

Annick Vincent 26/08/2020

IP Australia has recently announced significant increases to its official fees with effect from Thursday, 1 October 2020.

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