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Proposed Changes to Franchising Code of Conduct

17 Sep 2020

By Louise Wolf, Senior Associate, MST Lawyers In August 2020, the Australian Government released its response to the Parliamentary Joint Committee Inquiry into the operation and effectiveness of the Franchising Code of Conduct report, Fairness in Franchising.   The Government agrees that improvement in fairness and transparency for franchisees is required and says it has listened…

Refusing entry and service to someone not wearing a face mask

21 Aug 2020

By Ryan Attard, Law Clerk, and Alicia Hill, Principal With face coverings (e.g. face masks) now mandatory throughout Victoria and other states now encouraging mask use, there is increased pressure on businesses as to whether they are allowed to, or whether they have to, serve customers who are not wearing them. This has become a…

Disclosure Document Update Season

10 Aug 2020

By Raynia Theodore, Principal, MST Lawyers Franchisors, its that time of year again for you to review and update your Disclosure Document for the financial year ending 30 June 2020. The Franchising Code of Conduct (the Code) requires franchisors to update their Disclosure Documents within four months of the end of their financial year.  For…

New Franchising Code Now Available

17 Jul 2020

By Ryan Attard, Law Clerk and Alicia Hill, Principal A new compiled version of the Franchising Code (the Code) is now available on the Federal Register of Legislation. All franchisors should be providing this updated version of the Code to prospective franchisees as part of disclosure prior to finalising a franchise agreement. Prospective franchisees should…