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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…

ACCC initiates action against Megasave Couriers

17 Jul 2020

By Ryan Attard, Law Clerk and Alicia Hill, Principal On 3 July 2020, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) initiated proceedings against franchisor Megasave Couriers Australia Pty Ltd (Megasave) in the Federal Court of Australia. The ACCC is alleging that Megasave conducted misleading and deceptive conduct in contravention of section 18 of the Australian…