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  1. Is Force Majeure a Potential Get-Out Clause in Commercial Contracts Due to Covid-19? : City Pacific Lawyers

    Is Force Majeure a Potential Get-Out Clause in Commercial Contracts Due to Covid-19?

    1 | Jul 2020

    With COVID-19 Leaving Many Businesses Unable to Fulfil Commercial Contracts, a Force Majeure Clause Might be the Saving Grace From relying on a supply agreement to service provision to holding an event, almost every industry is feeling the effects of COVID-19 restrictions. This has left many businesses wondering what their contractual obligations are in the […]


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  2. Navigating Commercial Leases Under COVID Omnibus Regulations : City Pacific Lawyers

    Navigating Commercial Leases Under COVID Omnibus Regulations

    1 | Jul 2020

    If Your Business is Struggling With Commercial Lease Rent Due to COVID-19, Relief Might be Available. On 1 May, the Victorian Parliament passed the COVID-19 Omnibus (Emergency Measures) (Commercial Leases and Licences) Regulations under the COVID-19 Omnibus (Emergency Measures) Act 2020. These regulations, covering the period 29 March 2020 to 29 September 2020, modify existing […]


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  3. SME Commercial Leasing Principles During COVID-19 legislation: what commercial tenants and landlords need to know about the new Code : City Pacific Lawyers

    SME Commercial Leasing Principles During COVID-19 legislation: what commercial tenants and landlords need to know about the new Code

    22 | Apr 2020

    On Thursday, 23 April 2020, a special sitting of the Victorian Parliament will convene to consider anticipated emergency legislation to address the coronavirus pandemic. It is anticipated that there will be some respite for commercial tenants after the National Cabinet released the Mandatory Code of Conduct: SME Commercial Leasing Principles during COVID-19’ for small/medium enterprise “SME” tenants. […]


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  4. Coronavirus Has Affected My Ability to Meet a Commercial Contract. What Should I Do? : City Pacific Lawyers

    Coronavirus Has Affected My Ability to Meet a Commercial Contract. What Should I Do?

    18 | Apr 2020

    For many business owners with commercial contracts in place, failure to meet those contracts due to pandemic restrictions can be an added layer of stress. Here are some ways that businesses and company directors can explore assistance during this time. 1. ‘Force Majeure’ Provisions in Contracts Many Australian commercial contracts will contain a ‘force majeure’ […]


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  5. Commercial Leasing During Lockdown – What To Do If You Can’t Pay Rent : City Pacific Lawyers

    Commercial Leasing During Lockdown – What To Do If You Can’t Pay Rent

    3 | Apr 2020

    Many business owners are wondering how they will afford to pay their rent over the next few months as lockdown measures continue.  This strain has particularly impacted those that were part of stage one and two restrictions (such as bars, clubs, gyms and travel businesses), many of whom are already struggling. As we move to […]


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  6. 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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  7. 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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  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. Commercial leases – Responsibility for repairs and maintenance : City Pacific Lawyers

    Commercial leases – Responsibility for repairs and maintenance

    9 | Oct 2018

    A commercial lease is a legally binding contract that gives a tenant certain rights over a property for a set period of time subject to the terms and conditions set out in the lease. A commercial lease is used when leasing property used primarily for a business. You should never sign a lease without understanding […]


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  10. An Overview of Guarantees and Indemnities : City Pacific Lawyers

    An Overview of Guarantees and Indemnities

    29 | Jun 2018

    It is important that anyone who is asked to provide a guarantee or indemnity understands precisely what their liabilities are under the arrangements. In this article, we identify the distinguishing features of both guarantees and indemnities and consider the significant differences between the 2 kinds of arrangements. Features of a guarantee A guarantee is a […]


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