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Post Covid-19 Updates for Businesses – Check In Collection and Restrictions Lifted

As Queensland and the rest of Australia experience a Post Covid-19 transition, various changes and updates have been introduced.   This article provides an update on the easing of restrictions for businesses.   What business restrictions have been lifted?  From 14 April 2022, there are no more check in or vaccination requirements for the following businesses:   Hospitality … Read more

Government Flood Relief for Small Businesses

The South-East Queensland Rainfall and Flooding from 22 February – 7 March 2022 was a natural disaster that affected many small businesses.   At Corney and Lind Lawyers, we commend the recent efforts of the Queensland and federal government, who have since released grants and relief for disaster-hit small businesses.   This article details the eligibility and … Read more

How can I leave my commercial lease early?

Leaving a commercial lease early is not a simple matter of waking up one day and deciding to end a lease agreement. Since the agreement between the lessee and the landlord involves a legally binding contract, there are various financial and legal implications if you choose to leave.  This article discusses certain strategies adopted to … Read more

Director Identification Numbers Do’s and Don’ts

From 1 November 2021, all company directors are required to verify their identity with the Australian Business Registry Services (“ABRS”).   Once the ABRS is satisfied with a director’s identity, it will issue a Director Identification Number (“DIN”). Each director will only have one DIN even if they have multiple directorships, cease being a director at one company and take up directorship at another, change their name, cease being a director, or move overseas.  Why are Director … Read more

What is Intellectual Property?

Intellectual property refers to the set of rights and protections over new and original intangible creations. The most common types of intellectual property are copyright, trademarks, patents, registered designs and trade secrets. 1. Copyright Copyright protects the owner’s original expression of their idea. It doesn’t protect the idea itself, names, titles or slogans. It also … Read more

The Implementation and Expansion of Statutory Payments Trusts (Project Bank Accounts) in Queensland’s Construction Industry

The construction industry in Australia is renowned for its high business insolvency. Payment default is both a major cause and effect of this insolvency.[1] Reports and recommendations have touched on these issues over the years. The recommendations to come out of these reports have often been for the establishment of a statutory payments trusts scheme. … Read more

SAAS CONTRACTS – A PLAIN LANGUAGE EXPLANATION OF WHAT THEY ARE AND WHAT THEY DO

Software-as-a-Service (or SaaS) products have been a buzzword in the tech space for a few years now. Many entrepreneurs are developing wonderful new SaaS products with great utility, but understandably find themselves out at sea when it comes to the practical roll-out and B2B (business-to-business) or B2C (business-to-consumer) contracting stage. It’s okay to feel a … Read more

COVID-19 Commercial Leasing Regulations in practice: Landlord restrained from taking action against tenant

Many months have passed since the arrival of COVID-19. With this has come many changes and protocols once foreign to us; social distancing, contacting tracing, or hygiene conscious practices have now become concepts filled with a sense of familiarity. Apart from these changes, the legal sphere in Queensland has also seen changes. One such industry … Read more

COVID-19 Extension Act: An Update on some Key Changes

On 2 December 2020, the COVID-19 Emergency Response and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2020 (‘COVID Extension Act’)was passed by the Queensland Parliament. This was later assented on 4 December 2020. One of its key objectives, as articulated by the Explanatory Notes, is to ‘extend the operation of all COVID-19 related legislation which is still required … Read more

Leigh v Bruder Expedition Pty Ltd: Injurious Falsehood – What is the standard required to prove malice?

Injurious falsehood is an action in torts that can be brought against an individual/business for publishing false statements with malicious intent, resulting in some form of damage (generally financial damage). This is similar to defamation, however, ought to be distinguished as injurious falsehood is available for larger businesses and is concerned more with economic loss … Read more