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Amelita Hensman 2018-06-19T01:09:38+00:00

Are your contracts unfair? Don’t get caught out by the unfair terms legislation now applying to business to business contracts

Background The doctrine of freedom of contract is a fairly standard one in Australian law, as well as in most Western legal traditions. The doctrine recognises that individuals should have the freedom to strike whatever bargain they choose. However, as it turns, the situation between contracting [...]

September 21st, 2018|Categories: Corporate, Litigation|Tags: , |

The sun is setting on delay tactics adopted by property developers in off the plan sales

Property developers engineering development delays and relying on developer friendly “sunset clauses” in off the plan contracts of sale contracts (OTP Contracts) to terminate those contracts and re-sell for higher prices are being targeted by the Andrews Labor Government through proposed new legislation. The Sale [...]

September 17th, 2018|Categories: Property|Tags: , , |

Assignment of lease of commercial premises: To consent or not to consent … That is the question, if you’re a landlord

A recent VCAT decision narrows the circumstances in which a landlord can withhold consent to an assignment of lease. This case, AVC Operations Pty Ltd v Teley Pty Ltd (Building and Property) [2018] VCAT 931, concerned a landlord’s decision to withhold consent to an assignment of [...]

August 29th, 2018|Categories: Property|Tags: , |

ATO response to High Court decision in Bywater

In a previous article we discussed the High Court of Australia decision in Bywater & Ors v FC of T: see http://pointonpartners.com.au/australian-tax-residence-for-companies-revisited-by-high-court-after-43-years/ Subsequent to the High Court decision, the ATO withdrew its previous ruling TR 2004/15, and issued a new draft ruling TR 2018/D3, and [...]

August 24th, 2018|Categories: Taxation|Tags: , |

Federal Court decision highlights the urgent need for change to income tax residency rules for individuals

In the recent decision of the Federal Court in Harding v Commissioner of Taxation [2018] FCA 837, it was found that Mr Harding, an Australian citizen who lived and worked abroad for various periods, but focusing on March 2009 to February 2015, was a resident [...]

August 17th, 2018|Categories: Taxation|Tags: , , |

How the Court assesses competing applications for substitution in winding up applications

Pointon Partners regularly appears for creditors at winding up applications in the Supreme Court of Victoria. Creditors owed debts by companies subject to winding up proceedings commenced by others may appear at such hearings as ‘supporting creditors’. Commonly, a company attempting to stave off being [...]

July 16th, 2018|Categories: Insolvency|Tags: , |

Telco’s go head to head in advertising tussle: Telstra Corporation Ltd v Singtel Optus Ltd [2018] VSC 247

Pointon Partners are regularly asked to advise clients as to their prospects of obtaining an urgent interlocutory injunction. Common examples include: preventing a competitor from publishing misleading advertising material; preventing former employees or contractors from disclosing sensitive confidential information to competitors or to the market [...]

July 4th, 2018|Categories: Litigation|Tags: , |