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  1. Unfair dismissal at the end of a fixed term contract. What? : City Pacific Lawyers

    Unfair dismissal at the end of a fixed term contract. What?

    21 | Jun 2019

    Fixed-term employment contracts are common in many workplaces. Understandably, most employers consider they would be protected from an unfair dismissal claim once the term ends. However, in Saeid Khayam v Navitas English Pty Ltd t/a Navitas English (‘Navitas’) [2017] FWCFB 5162 the Full Bench of the Fair Work Commission found that an employee may have […]

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  2. Concerned about protecting your company from shareholders disputes? Read this. : City Pacific Lawyers

    Concerned about protecting your company from shareholders disputes? Read this.

    21 | Jun 2019

    Starting a business requires careful planning and consideration. A failure to allow for unforeseen events or for ways to resolve future disagreements could put your new venture at considerable risk. The repercussions of failing to plan are clearly illustrated in a case in the Federal Court between co-owners of the popular Grill’d fast food empire. […]

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  3. Do you have an SMSF? How to make sure your loved ones receive your super when you die : City Pacific Lawyers

    Do you have an SMSF? How to make sure your loved ones receive your super when you die

    21 | Jun 2019

    It’s hard to imagine the difference that one document, often only one page in length, could make to the distribution of your estate. It is a common misunderstanding that having a Will is all that is needed in estate planning. While a well-prepared Will is an essential part of any good estate plan, failing to […]

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  4. Franchisors must act in good faith and reasonable cause : City Pacific Lawyers

    Franchisors must act in good faith and reasonable cause

    26 | Apr 2019

    A franchise operates within an existing business structure that gives the franchisor discretion to implement strategies, introduce new products and set prices for the ‘branded’ goods or services. These commercial decisions however must be exercised in ‘good faith and reasonableness’. The obligation of good faith is reflected in the Franchising Code of Conduct which sets […]

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  5. The process of obtaining probate : City Pacific Lawyers

    The process of obtaining probate

    26 | Apr 2019

    Probate is a grant made by a Court that ‘proves’ the Will of a deceased person and vests title to estate assets in the executor/s. This is the official process that allows the executor to deal with the deceased’s estate. As the legal personal representative of the estate, the executor must determine the assets and […]

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  6. Traps to avoid in Commercial Leases : City Pacific Lawyers

    Traps to avoid in Commercial Leases

    26 | Apr 2019

    Commercial leases form part of many business transactions and commercial property is a popular investment choice. Whether you are a tenant or landlord, there is much to consider when entering into a commercial lease. Some commercial leases are classified as ‘retail’ and fall under specific legislation operating in various States. With the increase of retail […]

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  7. GST and Residential Property Transactions : City Pacific Lawyers

    GST and Residential Property Transactions

    12 | Mar 2019

    The responsibility for remitting Goods and Services Tax (GST) to the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) generally falls on the party making a ‘taxable supply’. In a property transaction, this has traditionally meant the vendor or developer (supplier), unless the contract provides otherwise. From 1 July 2018 purchasers of ‘new’ residential property must deduct the GST […]

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  8. Personal Liability for Company Directors : City Pacific Lawyers

    Personal Liability for Company Directors

    12 | Mar 2019

    A company is an association incorporated under the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) (the ‘Act’). The effect of incorporation gives the company a separate entity, distinct from its directors and shareholders. It can enter into contracts, sue and be sued in its own right. The Australian Investment and Securities Commission (ASIC) is the Government body authorised […]

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  9. Wills for Blended Families : City Pacific Lawyers

    Wills for Blended Families

    12 | Mar 2019

      Making a Will is important, particularly if you are part of a blended family. A blended family is a family in which one or both partners have a child or children from a previous relationship. Careful estate planning now should ensure that all of your intended beneficiaries are provided for when you die and […]

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  10. Business Structures: Partnership : City Pacific Lawyers

    Business Structures: Partnership

    25 | Jan 2019

    When commencing a business venture, it is necessary to consider the most appropriate type of business structure to put in place. In Australia, there are 4 common business structures – sole trader, partnership, trust and company. Different business structures have different benefits and disadvantages. This article looks at partnerships – how to set one up […]

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