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ACCC’s bite leaves a bitter taste for traders of fruit and vegetables

Growers and traders of fruit and vegetables beware! The ACCC has, surprisingly for some, made enforcement of the Horticulture Code of Conduct (‘Code’) a priority for 2016 and beyond and has recently caught its first victim. So what do you need to know? The Code The Code regulates trade between growers and traders of fruit… Read more


Unacceptable frustration? The difficulties in defending a hostile takeover under the Takeovers Panel’s frustrating action policy

For the board of an ASX-listed company, receiving a hostile takeover bid for the company is a game-changer. Once a takeover bid is received or announced the target company enters the restrictive world of the Takeovers Panel’s ‘Frustrating Action’ policy and the board’s freedom to pursue strategic transactions is curtailed. What is a frustrating action?… Read more


Ignorance is not bliss – why you should take the PPSA seriously

It is staggering how many businesses do not understand the Personal Property Securities Act, better known as the PPSA, after it has been in place for nearly five years. Here’s the thing – the PPSA is a game changer and businesses that continue to ignore it do so at their peril. Any business that sells… Read more


It takes a community to raise a start up

­ Over the last few years, Australia has become better at encouraging people to “give it a go” and start a new business. But we still have a long way to go to provide the support they need to become a high-growth company: knowledge, mentoring, access to money, markets and customers. And we’re totally missing a big… Read more


Reflecting on an incredible experience

It has been almost 3 weeks since I returned to Michigan from Adelaide, Australia. I have spent a lot of time thinking about the experience that came and went so quickly. I had spent months counting down the days to the arriving in Australia and it is hard to believe that is has come and… Read more


How to resolve your dispute in the information age.

The 21st century is the information age; Moore’s Law observes that every two years the processing speeds of computers double. This exponential evolution opens doors for new players and puts pressure on established operators to adapt or die. Litigation and dispute resolution may conjure up images of old fashioned leather-bound books and men in wigs, but… Read more