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  1. Important update for financially distressed businesses and their creditors – Statutory Demands : City Pacific Lawyers

    Important update for financially distressed businesses and their creditors – Statutory Demands

    15 | Apr 2021

    Important update for financially distressed businesses and their creditors – Statutory Demands At the outset of the pandemic in March 2020, the Australian Federal Government passed a Coronavirus Economic Response Package which included temporary measures to alleviate some of the financial hardship faced by many businesses and provide some safeguards to help them survive and […]


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  2. Beware: Informal lease negotiations can create binding agreements : City Pacific Lawyers

    Beware: Informal lease negotiations can create binding agreements

    15 | Apr 2021

    Beware: Informal lease negotiations can create binding agreements An email can be enough to lock you into an agreeement – even without a formal contract being signed. A lease is a legally binding contract that gives you certain rights to a property for a set term. A written commercial lease is used when leasing property […]


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  3. The benefits of mediation in a commercial dispute : City Pacific Lawyers

    The benefits of mediation in a commercial dispute

    15 | Apr 2021

    The benefits of mediation in a commercial dispute Lawyers are often stereotyped as being interested in prolonging an expensive Court action. More often the opposite is true. Lawyers know that Court cases are expensive and that clients are fearful that legal costs could escalate to an intolerable level. Lawyers interested in preserving long standing relationships […]


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  4. Succession Planning: If you retire, become incapacitated or even die, who will carry on your business? : City Pacific Lawyers

    Succession Planning: If you retire, become incapacitated or even die, who will carry on your business?

    26 | Aug 2020

    Many small business owners overlook the importance of succession planning, but it is vital if you want to preserve your hard work. Who will take over your business? Some of the more common scenarios that can arise when it comes to a business succession plan include: If you co-own your business, you may choose to […]


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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  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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