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Legally Binding Contracts: What You Need To Know

LEGALLY BINDING CONTRACTS: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW There is no doubt that running a business has risks. These risks may come from your employees, your contractors, your suppliers or customers. As a business owner, you need to take control of your business by assessing...

Witnessing a Signature: What You Need to Know

WITNESSING A SIGNATURE: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW  Getting a document signed is all about proof. It is a lot easier to show that someone has agreed to a contract if you can show that they applied their signature to that document, and a witness helps to identify the person...

Deeds vs Agreements: What’s the Difference?

deeds vs agreements: what's the difference?  Contracts are an essential part of running a business, and they often come in different forms. You may have noticed that some documents are called ‘agreements’, and some are instead called ‘deeds’. So, what exactly is the...

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Using Copyright Material Online

Using Copyright Material Online

What is copyright? Copyright is the legal protection given to any kind of work (eg writing, movies, website content) which has been created by a person.  Copyright gives the owner of the copyright in the works the exclusive rights to: reproduce the works publish,...

The Alarming Rise of the Fake Self-Assessing Tax-Exempt Private Foundation in Australia

The Alarming Rise of the Fake Self-Assessing Tax-Exempt Private Foundation in Australia

When a long standing business client of ours approached us for legal advice just after Christmas, querying the legality of providing intellectual property as a volunteer for the self-assessing tax-exempt private foundation he had established after significant research, we balked.

How can educated, intelligent individuals be misguided into believing that “personal sustenance” of the founder is a legitimate, tax free distribution? Or that a foundation is legitimate when its founding documents specifically deny the rule of law?

Joint Venture Advantages and Disadvantages

Joint Venture Advantages and Disadvantages

What is a Joint Venture? Possibly your first question will be “What is a joint venture?” and then possibly “How is that different from a partnership?”. And yes, it is commonly referred to as a “JV”, but first question first. A joint venture is an alliance between...

Types of Contracts

Types of Contracts

Sometimes the type of contract you are looking for in business is not the type of contract you need.

GDPR and the impact of a ‘no deal’ Brexit

GDPR and the impact of a ‘no deal’ Brexit

The UK is scheduled to exit from the EU on 29 March 2019 There are substantial negotiations underway for transitioning of legal, trade and other relations between the UK and the EU after Brexit happens. At this stage, many of the negotiations have been unsuccessful...

Is it OK to Use Trade Marks in Adwords, Keywords and Metatags?

Is it OK to Use Trade Marks in Adwords, Keywords and Metatags?

Trade marks can be used in hidden text  In March 2016 Her Honour Justice Katzmann made it very clear that using a competitor’s trade mark in the unseen back end of your online advertising accounts is not a breach of trade mark law, nor is it misleading or...

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