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Court supports step-in rights as registerable security interests under PPSA

By Benjamin Caddaye, Law Clerk and Alicia Hill, Principal, MST Lawyers The Supreme Court of Western Australian decision in Bluewaters Power 1 Pty Ltd v Griffin Coal Mining Company Pty Ltd [2019] WASC 438 provides the first guidance from an Australian Court as to whether contractual step-in rights are considered a registerable security interest under…

Retail Leases Amendment Bill 2019 – Changes are coming – Make sure you are in the know!

In response to Small Business Regulation Review announced in June 2018, the Retail Leases Amendment Bill 2019 was drafted and proposes changes to the Building Act 1993(Vic) and the Retail Leases Act 2003 (Vic).  The Bill is currently in the Legislative Assembly and expected to be passed. The proposed amendments can be summarised as follows:…

No Representations as to Capacity Implied Into Contractual Terms

By Benjamin Caddaye, Law Clerk and Alicia Hill, Principal, MST Lawyers This month’s article reports on the New South Wales District Court decision in Lee v Passiontree Velvet Pty Ltd & Ors [2019] NSWDC 710. This decision concerned a franchisee that had entered into two agreements with the franchisor for repayment of his franchise fee…

Employment Law Update – Summer 2020

New Victorian Workplace Manslaughter Laws In 2017, Queensland introduced industrial manslaughter laws following the tragic death of two workers at the Eagle Farm Racecourse and four visitors at Dreamworld theme park on the Gold Coast. The Daniel Andrews led Victorian Labor Party then promised to introduce industrial manslaughter laws as part of its election promise…