consumer law

Consumer Law Complaints Database

Ash St. Publication

In a pre-Christmas gift from the Productivity Commission, its draft Consumer Law and Administration Report is now available. Some significant reforms are canvassed including: developing a national database of consumer complaints and incidents (both product safety and general consumer protection), aspects of which may be publicly available; and increasing penalties for breach of the Australian Consumer Law so they are …

unfair contract terms

Unfair Contract Terms law now live

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By Max Petro Senior Associate Ash St. Protection for small businesses from ‘unfair contract terms’ – Expiration of transitional compliance period. Summary Certain ‘standard form contracts’ involving small businesses entered into after 12 November 2016 (or existing contracts which are amended or extended after this date) are now subject to the restrictions against ‘unfair contracts terms.’ Standard form contracts are …

New Joiner

Ash St. grows Risk Management Practice

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Ash St. grows Risk Management Practice One of Australia’s leading integrated professional services advisory firms Ash St. today announces that Madeleine Kearney is joining the firm as an Associate Director leading our Product Risk business. Madeleine Kearney, Associate Director Ash St. Madeleine is a leading product risk specialist with a focus on product regulation and commercial litigation. …

women legal

Signatory to advancement of women in legal

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Ash St. becomes a signatory to the Charter for the advancement of women in the legal profession published by The Law Society of New South Wales. The Law Society of New South Wales promotes diversity, equality and inclusion in the legal profession, in particular by developing and progressing initiatives to ensure the equality of opportunity for all members of the profession, regardless of …

New Joiner

Ash St. welcomes new joiner Max Petro

Ash St. Publication

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE One of Australia’s leading integrated professional services advisory firms Ash St. today announces that Max Petro is joining the firm as a Senior Associate. Max Petro, Senior Associate Ash St. Max has been a practising lawyer since 2010 and has specialised in the commercial application of technology to solve business problems in the business and government sectors.  …

Russians Resolving Disputes in Australia

Russians Resolving Disputes in Australia

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Russian companies and individuals doing business in Australia should be mindful of exposure to potential disputes and their consequences. Российские компании и частные лица, занимающиеся бизнесом в Австралии, должны помнить о возможности возникновения споров и об их последствиях. This article provides a summary of the Australian legal system, common types of commercial disputes, dispute resolution processes and managing risks associated with those disputes in Australia. В данной …

Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility

Update: Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility

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by Shaun McGushin Since the commencement of the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF) on 1 July 2016, it has already reported to have received over 80 applications for concessional loans to pursue projects which build Northern Australia’s economic infrastructure for long-term growth. Many applications are still under review, although there have been some discussions around particular projects, such as the …

Privacy Shield

Update on EU-US Privacy Shield

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by Michael Bishop, Brendan Tomlinson and Cassian Ho “More than $260 billion in digital services trade is already conducted across the Atlantic Ocean annually, but there is significant potential for this figure to grow, resulting in a stronger economy and job creation. The Privacy Shield opens a new era in data privacy that will deliver concrete and practical results for …