The highly anticipated Liquor Control Amendment Bill 2018 was presented to Parliament on 20 February 2018, and passed the lower house on 10 April 2018. In keeping with his election commitment, Premier Mark McGowan introduced a range of improvements in the way liquor outlets around the state are controlled.  There are a number of key changes proposed which impact on liquor stores, in particular the larger liquor barns. As a result,

Registration of a trade mark offers different, and important, protections to the registration of a business name.  Whilst both can be used to identify your business, registering your business name does not give you legal proprietary rights over that name. Business Name A business name is the name under which your business operates.  You only need to register a business name if you are trading under a name that is

Dubbed the ‘Unfair Contracts Act’, recent changes to legislation finally provides parties to standard form contracts with greater protection. A standard form contract is one that has been prepared by one party to the contract and where the other party has little or no opportunity to negotiate the terms of the contract, effectively it is a ‘take it or leave it’ contract. These changes apply to contracts entered into on

PREPARING YOUR BUSINESS FOR SALE Selling a business can be one of the biggest decisions you make. However, once you have decided to sell, there are several important things that you should consider before listing the business on the open market to ensure that your business sells at optimal value. Business Financials  The most important thing in preparing a business for sale is getting the financials of the business in