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National unfair terms protections to be extended to small business - do your standard-form contracts contain unfair terms

Australia - July 10 2015 Acting on its 2013 election commitment to provide a ‘fair go’ for small businesses, the Federal Government has introduced The Treasury Legislation...

Ian Hughes, Tim Scanlan.


Beware of the automatic renewal clause! Tips to avoid the perpetual renewal of your service contracts

Australia - June 10 2015 An automatic renewal clause typically looks something like this: This agreement will automatically renew at the end of each term for a further term...

Richard Gardiner, Tim Scanlan.


Payment of money in anticipation of contract ? Make your intentions clear!

Australia - January 20 2015 Last year, the NSW Court of Appeal provided a useful reminder of the need to ensure that parties agree, in advance, about what happens to money paid...

Ian Hughes.


Can a verbal negotiation create a binding agreement?

Australia - December 10 2014 In a recent case successfully run by HopgoodGanim, the Queensland Court of Appeal has highlighted the circumstances in which verbal negotiations can...

Ian Hughes.