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The unknown unknowns of fast growing companies

  I commonly hear founders and managers of new fast growing businesses tell me that they don’t know what they don’t know. So I thought about what I’d want to know if I was in their shoes. Here are the top 5: 1. Your business structure can kill your business Not all business structures are… Read more


The Privilege Of Having Your Own In-House Lawyer

If you are lucky enough to work in a company that has its own in-house lawyer you already know that their legal and commercial advice can help you make better business decisions.  You may also know of the concept of legal professional privilege, which protects the disclosure of confidential communications between a lawyer (whether or… Read more


So, do @elonmusk and @mcannonbrookes have a deal?

You’ve probably seen that Elon Musk (founder of Tesla) and Mike Cannon-Brookes (the billionaire founder of Atlassian) were bantering over Twitter last week in relation to fixing South Australia’s power problem through Tesla installing a 100MW battery farm. To see such an arrangement negotiated in a public forum, and so quickly, is currently very rare… Read more


Indigenous Procurement Policy

The Indigenous Procurement Policy (‘IPP’), which commenced on 1 July 2015, aims to increase Indigenous participation in the economy by stimulating Indigenous business development and entrepreneurship. Under the IPP, Indigenous businesses (any business which is 50 percent or more Indigenous owned) will have the opportunity to participate in contracts awarded by the Federal Government. From… Read more


Flight Centre decision leaves agency arrangements up in the air

Businesses who use agents to sell their products or services are now at risk of prosecution for breaching competition law.  A recent High Court decision has confirmed that an agreement on price restrictions between agents and principals will breach Australia’s restrictive trade practices laws. In vertical distribution arrangements, a business engages an agent to sell… Read more


New and improved: why 2017 is shaping as a year of opportunity for local biotech

There were a number of highlights in 2016 for the local biotech industry, including the announcement of the $500m Biomedical Translation Fund (‘BTF’) and the hosting of the International BioFest – the largest ever gathering in the Australian life sciences. However, a consistent theme amongst the local biotech industry remains the difficulty in attracting the right… Read more


ACCC bins waste management bid of SA councils

Council Solutions and five Metropolitan Adelaide councils have had their application for authorisation to jointly procure Adelaide waste management services denied by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC). Why did the councils need authorisation? Council Solutions, Adelaide City Council, and the Cities of Charles Sturt, Marion, Tea Tree Gully and Port Adelaide Enfield sought… Read more