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  1. Protection from unfair contract terms extended to small businesses from 12 November 2016

    9 November 2016 | Property & Commercial Law

    For years Australian consumers have been protected from unfair contract terms in standard form contracts by the Australian Consumer Law (ACL) and previously the Trade Practices Act. The Treasury Legislation Amendment (Small Business and Unfair Contract...

  2. Trading times they are a-changing

    31 October 2016 | Property & Commercial Law

    The Queensland Industrial Relations Commission (QIRC) has agreed to several major changes to retail trading hours in the last couple of weeks including: from 1 December, major retailers in South-East Queensland (SEQ) will now be allowed to trade 7am to...

  3. High Court Rules on Dissenting Unit Owners’ Votes

    17 October 2016 | Property & Commercial Law

    Community titled lots are now a popular form of property holding in Queensland. One of the challenges is that lot owners do not always agree on everything. Some proposals to the body corporate can only be passed by a resolution without dissent. This means

  4. Amendments to Retail Shop Leases Act effective from 25 November 2016

    12 September 2016 | Property & Commercial Law

    The Retail Shop Leases Amendment Act 2016 (Qld) (Act) has been proclaimed to commence on Friday 25 November 2016. Accordingly, from this date the changes to the Retail Shop Leases Act 1994 (Qld) will be in effect. For a summary of the changes which have..

  5. Sale of commercial premises – seller can terminate if buyer fails to advise of due diligence

    27 May 2016 | Property & Commercial Law

    Contracts for the sale of commercial premises tend to contain a special condition that allows the buyer the opportunity to make enquiries in relation to the property and to conduct searches (known as due diligence). Due diligence special conditions are...

  6. Your tenant ceases trade – can you force the tenant to recommence trading?

    27 May 2016 | Property & Commercial Law

    If a tenant ceases or threatens to cease trade, landlords have the right to seek an injunction requiring the tenant to continue trading. However, the reality is that courts are extremely reluctant to grant an injunction in circumstances where a tenant is.

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