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Challenging Rental Determinations

If a landlord and tenant cannot agree on the current market rent when exercising an option, or renewing a lease, then the rent must be determined by a specialist retail valuer.
But, what happens when a landlord or tenant wants to challenge the rent determination of retail premises lease prescribed by the independent valuer?

This article explains the options available to tenants and landlords who disagree with rental valuations provided by an external party.

Major Changes To Powers Of Attorney Laws

The laws relating to medical treatment decision-making are about to change significantly with the commencement of the Medical Treatment Planning and Decisions Act 2016 (the Act).

The Act aims to consolidate and streamline existing laws so that all aspects of current and future medical treatment decision-making for people lacking the capacity to make decisions will be dealt with exclusively under the new Act.

Lessons From 2017

2017 was another eventful year for the franchising sector, with the introduction of new laws to protect vulnerable workers, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission issuing the first infringement notices under the Franchising Code of Conduct (the Code) and the first proceedings under the Code.

This article provides a summary of some of the new laws impacting franchising and some of the court cases decided in 2017 as well as the lessons to be learned from them.

Corporate Governance Helps Limit Business Risks

Corporate Governance gives comfort to business stakeholders and provides assurances that the business is being effectively managed. Many factors are incorporated into this term including the rules, relationships, policies, systems and processes whereby authority within the organisation is exercised and maintained. Corporate Governance is critical for a successful business.