Real Estate and Conveyancing Q and A 

Often people buying or selling houses are looking to save their bucks where they can. For many, this means trying to DIY their conveyancing or some other property transaction. While it’s tempting to do so, this can actually cost you more dollars in the long run.    Without a lawyer stepping you through the process, […]

Could I go to jail for that? 

Criminal Prosecution for Corporate Crime in Australia Australia’s statutory landscape for criminal prosecution of corporate crime is a mess – and it’s not just us saying that.  A recent report by the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) highlights the many pitfalls of criminal prosecution under the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth). The report makes clear that […]

ASIC and ATO Compliance for Small Businesses: A Checklist

The challenges of 2020 saw ASIC and the ATO offer relief to small businesses in the hope of keeping them afloat: limiting personal liability for insolvent trading, providing financial relief for employers through JobKeeper payments, and taking other actions to lighten the load incurred by small businesses. But in late 2020, ASIC Chairman Karen Chester […]

Cybercrime and Small Businesses: Are you protected?

In 2019 Gillian Franklin (founder of The Heat Group, a Melbourne-based wholesale cosmetics company) was in London preparing to knock the socks of Tesco’s representatives during a presentation. All was going well, until Franklin’s colleague logged on to complete some work for the presentation and found that the company’s shared folder was empty.  In fact, […]

Small Businesses in 2021: 5 Things to be aware of

2020 is over – and good riddance!  While we’re all ready for a fresh start, it doesn’t mean that 2021 is going to be a walk in the park for small businesses. In fact, as the nation becomes more prepared to deal with COVID-19, the regulatory and financial landscape for small businesses will get very […]

Everyone Deserves a Fair Go 

‘I see (the defendants) as vulgar, anti-establishment, antisocial and unpragmatic, but none of those things are indictable’ – Robert Schultz (Prosecutor), The Trial of Chicago 7.  After its release on Netflix, The Trial of the Chicago 7 was the second-most watched movie on the streaming service. And it’s no wonder why – this legal drama […]

Tax Crime – What are the Criminal Consequences?

How do you lose $8.7 billion?  It’s got us scratching our heads. But according to the ABC, that’s how much the Australian Government lost to tax evasion and fraud in 2014–2015.  Now in the 2019–2020 financial year, you can bet that the ATO will be paying particularly close attention to coronavirus tax evasion and fraud. […]

When police powers go too far: incitement charges in Victoria

If you haven’t watched The Social Dilemma yet, put it next on your to-watch list.  Better yet, substitute the 144 minutes the average person spends on social media each day with watching this doco-drama.  It’s a scathing, honest and frightening reveal of just how much of our privacy we’re giving up every time we open […]

Con artists, coronavirus and fraud: What you need to know

Goodbye $12, 712, 415. That’s how much money Australians lost in June 2020 to coronavirus scams. 15, 491 cases were reported, according to Scamwatch. With more and more services running online and emotions running high, the pandemic provides a breeding ground for online and telephone fraud. And it’s not just individuals who are victims, but […]