Whilst distilleries were forgotten in the recent review of the Liquor Control Act 1988 (WA), common sense has finally prevailed with at least one distiller in Western Australia now allowed to sell their spirit sample product with a mixer. Section 55 of the Liquor Control Act covers wine, beer and spirit producers, however, all is not equal with distillers not allowed to sell or supply their own product for on

Social media has become a very effective marketing tool.  However, you do not have to try too hard to find examples of where social media has resulted in poor publicity for a business.  Whilst some say any publicity is good publicity, business operators need to be careful on a number of legal fronts when engaging in social media activities.   Some key issues include: Copyright Law There have been a number

Buildings need to be repaired and maintained otherwise they will deteriorate. Laws also change imposing additional obligations on occupants. We have recently seen Councils and the Licensing Authority imposing additional obligations in order for the building to be compliant for public safety, such as the obligation to install new firefighting water tanks at significant costs due to low water pressure.  However, the question is often asked who is responsible for

As the name suggests, a Shareholders Agreement is a written agreement between shareholders that governs the relationship between them. Whilst the Corporations Act does not require a company to have a Shareholders Agreement, it is a beneficial document for setting out the rules that the shareholders need to play by. Ideally, a Shareholders Agreement should be prepared at the start of a business venture, when all parties are enthusiastic about

WHAT IS THE PUBLIC INTEREST TEST? In June 2016, the review of the Liquor Licensing Act 1997 was completed and 129 recommendations were presented to the Attorney General. One key recommendation, which has been substantially accepted by the South Australian Government, is the replacement of the needs test with a Community Impact and Public Interest Test to apply to certain high risk categories of licence. The needs test has been