Penfolds Bells a Copycat – Lessons for Australian Wine Brands

A reminder of the need for vigilance in protecting Australian wine brands and reputationChina continues to provide great opportunities for Australian wine producers and exporters.  With that opportunity comes risk…

Why You Need a Succession Plan in Place

Whatever your family circumstances, or the structure of the business, the key is to have a plan.  Have the discussion. The succession plan can begin simply, and be updated over time…

The Compact Legal Guide to HR

Employment issues can arise in your organisation at any time. We have created the 'Compact Legal Guide to HR' for you to keep as a handy reference when issues pop…

An Employee or a Contractor? 11 Factors to avoid Confusion

The central question you must ask: Is this person working as part of your business (employee) or are they working as part of their own business (contractor)? Determining the classification…

Proposal for Increased Protection and Monetary Penalties under Privacy Act

On 24 March 2019, the Morrison Government announced a proposal for changes to Australia’s privacy laws. If passed by Parliament, the changes will substantially increase the existing protections and penalties…

How to Develop a Whistleblower Policy

Now that the Whistleblower protections have increased, are you meeting your requirements?About the Act The Treasury Laws Amendment (Enhancing Whistleblower Protections) Act 2019 (Cth) was recently passed by Parliament and will…

Woomera Prohibited Area Co-Existence Framework – Review Recommendations

In a Nutshell The Woomera Prohibited Area (WPA) is a highly-valued defence testing range located in South Australia’s north-west.  Access is controlled by the Department of Defence, with permits granted…

22 Finlaysons Lawyers recognised in ‘Best Lawyers in Australia 2020’

22 Finlaysons Lawyers practitioners have been recognised for their work across 28 different fields in The Best Lawyers of Australia 2020 Edition. The Best Lawyers in Australia annual listing was announced…

Frost Fans – Development Authorisation Requirements

In a Nutshell The installation of frost fans in South Australian vineyards requires development plan consent and building rules consent.  The ERD Court has confirmed that frost fans are acceptable…

Imprisonment for Breaching Work Health & Safety Duties

In a Nutshell A Queensland company director, Mr Gary Lavin, was convicted and sentenced to one year imprisonment (suspended after four months) for breaching safety obligations through his reckless conduct…

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