Monthly Archives: July 2012

The European based organisation, International Distribution Institute (IDI), has appointed Thomsons Lawyers as its Australian based legal expert / correspondent. The IDI maintains a website for its members of franchise and distribution laws across many countries.

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The Supreme Court of Queensland recently handed down a decision in A Dart & Co v Total Concept Group Pty Ltd & Ors, with a strict interpretation of the statutory prohibition against undertaking to perform unlicensed building work, which resulted in the claimant being prevented from retaining any contractual right to payment. The decision prevents claimants from using the BCIP Act to claim payment for legitimately performed work if performed alongside unlicensed work.

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The Government has released its highly anticipated Green Paper which offers the promise of radical reform to the planning system. An all new system is proposed – to focus on up-front community participation, strategic planning, streamlined assessments, and the sharing of infrastructure costs – while introducing new policies, plans, zones, assessment times and rights of review.

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An overview of when you may need an Australian financial services licence to provide financial services in Australia.

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Brisbane Corporate Partner, Eugene Fung and team have advised geothermal power developer Panax Geothermal Limited on a renounceable rights issue. The raising is 70% underwritten by Patersons Securities Limited. The funds raised will be used for the on-going development of Panax's geothermal projects in Indonesia.

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A key component of the adverse action provisions of the Fair Work Act 2009 is the protection of persons who exercise a 'workplace right', and it has been generally assumed that this protection only covered employees making a complaint or inquiry specifically relating to themselves or personal to their employment. However, a recent case has confirmed that the protection also applies to a complaint or inquiry that is indirectly related to an employee's employment. Download our alert now to read about the case and its ramifications for employers.

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On 28 June 2012, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) warned ALH Group Pty Ltd that if it proceeds with some of its proposed purchases the result is likely to substantially lessen competition. The ACCC reserved its right to take steps to prevent some of the purchases of additional liquor outlets from proceeding. What concerns the ACCC about your access to, and the price of, a six pack of beer from your local – and why?

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Thomsons' Sydney Corporate Partner, David Zwi and Associate, Helen Jin acted for internet and data centre provider, Vocus Communications in relation to its recent capital raising, which is an underwritten institutional placement to raise approx $14.9 mil and an SPP to raise approx another $7.5 mil.

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Thomsons, Adelaide Corporate Partner, Loretta Reynolds and team recently acted for Codan Limited in respect of the sale of its satellite communications division, together with the sale of its US based satellite communications subsidiary, Locus Microwave.

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