Australia’s long-awaited signing at the Singapore Convention on Mediation

By Alicia Hill, Principal and Angela Wang, Law Clerk  On 10 September 2021, Australia, along with 54 other countries, signed the Convention on International Settlement Agreement Resulting from Mediation (‘Singapore Convention’). This has been a long-awaited step toward an improved avenue for parties to enforce and mediate settlement agreements internationally, reaping the benefits of cost…

Construction Industry Shutdown & Its Effects On You

Many Victorians will now be aware that the State Government has taken action to shut down the building industry for a period of 2 weeks commencing at 11:59am yesterday.

Electronic execution of documents restored under the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth)

On 14 August 2021 the Treasury Laws Amendment (2021 Measures No. 1) Act 2021 (Cth) (Act) came into effect. The Act amended the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) (Corporations Act) to essentially reimplement the changes made by Treasurer Josh Frydenberg last year in his Corporations (Coronavirus Economic Response) Determination (No. 1) 2020.

Ironically Unclean: Ali v Australian Competition and Consumer Commission [2021] FCAFC 109

The case of Ali v Australian Competition and Consumer Commission [2021] FCAFC 109 (‘Ali v ACCC’) is an appeal concerning the appellants Ms Sanam Ali (‘Ali’) and Mr Charles Cameron (‘Cameron’) who were the sole shareholder/director and the national franchising manager of Geowash respectively. Geowash offered car wash franchises to interested parties in Australia. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (‘ACCC’) initially brought proceedings concerning various alleged misrepresentations and alleged unconscionable conduct, and alleged breach of the obligation of good faith in the Competition and Consumer (Industry Codes – Franchising) Rgulation 2014 (Cth) (‘Franchising Code of Conduct’). Ali and Cameron sought an appeal against these claims on 13 grounds but were ultimately unsuccessful.