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COVID-19 and the Franchising Code of Conduct

COVID-19 and the Franchising Code of Conduct COVID-19 has meant many businesses have had to pivot their businesses. Governments are no different having acted quickly and passed emergency legislation. Whilst many laws have been amended the Franchising Code of Conduct (“Code”) is not one of them. From a franchising legal perspective there is no talk…

ACCC Is Not Hibernating

ACCC Authorisations After the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, the ACCC moved quickly to reprioritise its work and direct resources towards delivering on issues arising from the extraordinary economic disruption caused by the pandemic. Since 20 March, the ACCC has granted more than 20 such interim authorisations, and it has other applications pending. The ACCC…

Bob Jane Undertaking

Bob Jane Corporation Pty Ltd (Bob Jane) has given the ACCC a court-enforceable undertaking to comply with its obligations under the Franchising Code of Conduct (Code) in relation to renewal and extension of franchise agreements. The undertaking requires Bob Jane to: not terminate any franchise agreement that is operating on an over holding basis at…

New Automotive Section in Franchising Code of Conduct

By Raynia Theodore, Principal The Federal Government has recently announced proposed changes to the Franchising Code of Conduct (“the Code”) that will introduce provisions relating directly to New Vehicle Dealership Agreements. The changes will introduce Divisions 5 and 6 to the Code, regulating end of term obligations, capital expenditure requirements and the resolution of disputes…