The Cheesecake Shop Underpayment

In a recent case, the Federal Court of Australia awarded a pastry chef one of Australia’s biggest payouts for underpayment of wages. In formulating the decision, the Court took into account the franchisee’s exploitative actions along with the severe mistreatment of the employee.

MST Lawyers’ Client – Franchising Woman of the Year Finalist

By Louise Wolf, Senior Associate, MST Lawyers Louise Wolf, Senior Associate, had the pleasure of attending the 2019 FCA Vic/Tas Excellence in Franchising Awards with valued client, Natalie Bui.  Natalie is a multi-site franchisee of Quest Apartments and was a finalist for the FCA Award of Franchising Woman of the Year for Victoria and Tasmania.  MST…

Amendments to Victorian Duties and Land Taxes – The State Taxation Acts Amendment Act 2019

The introduction of new provisions into the Duties Act 2000 provides for a concessional rate of land transfer duty where there are transfers of commercial and industrial land located wholly in regional Victoria. The concession is to be gradually increased between 2019 and 2023. The new provision will be a welcome relief to those purchasing commercial property in regional Victoria.

The Obligation Of Good Faith In Franchise Agreements: A Lesson In Constructing The Terms Of Sale

In the recent decision of Trampoline Enterprises Pty Ltd v Franchised Food Company Pty Ltd [2019] VSCA 74, the Victorian Supreme Court of Appeal has considered the obligation of a purchaser to act in good faith in the context of a franchise sale agreement. The Court also illustrated the circumstances in which the determinations of an independent expert may be challenged.