Take care in drafting your small business contracts

Take care in drafting your small business contracts

Are your small business contracts 'fair'? With the ACCC cracking down on the newly-extended unfair contract term laws that now apply to standard form small business contracts, it is more important th...
Contracting with Amazon

Contracting with Amazon

With Amazon entering the Australian market, many retailers are considering selling their goods via the Amazon platform.  If you are considering entering into an agreement with Amazon you should consid...
5 commonly missed clauses in hire/rental agreements

5 commonly missed clauses in hire/rental agreements

I have reviewed a number of rental agreements and sometimes I shudder at the lack of protection, given the value of the equipment that is being rented.  Other times a new client will come after they h...
Did you say ‘free’?!

Did you say ‘free’?!

I couldn’t call myself a retail law expert if I didn’t love keeping a close eye on the retail market and engage in a little not-so-guilty shopping myself. So, when I heard that MAC cosmetics was offe...
Competitions and trade promotions

Competitions and trade promotions

Nothing gains quite as much attention as the word ‘free’, but make sure your business complies with the law or it could end up costing you. Who doesn’t love a good freebie? Running competitions, trad...
Always qualify your ‘no refunds’ statements

Always qualify your ‘no refunds’ statements

As a retail-specialised lawyer, I’ve worked on more Returns Policies than I can count, and it always surprises me that retailers continue to get caught telling customers “no refunds” without regard to...
Subscription models – are automatic renewals allowed?

Subscription models – are automatic renewals allowed?

If you offer a subscription service, make sure your renewal and cancellation terms are transparent. Like most people in 2017, I’m a big fan of Spotify and Netflix.  While subscription-based business m...
Are your negotiations legally binding?

Are your negotiations legally binding?

I’ve worked with many businesses to negotiate their commercial agreements, including retail leases.  It can be a lengthy process of back and forth – in many cases, there are documents drafted prior to...