Government motors through changes to the Franchising Code

11 Jun 2020

By Raynia Theodore, Principal, MST Lawyers On 1 June 2020 the Federal Government announced the early introduction of the changes to the Franchising Code of Conduct (Code) that will impact new vehicle dealership agreements, defined to mean motor vehicle dealership agreements relating to motor vehicle dealerships that predominantly deal in new passenger vehicles or new…

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 of any extensions of time being granted…

ACCC Is Not Hibernating

By Alicia Hill, Principal 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….

Bob Jane Undertaking

By Raynia Theodore, Principal 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…