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Upcoming Changes to the Queensland Construction Industry

The commencement of the Building Industry Fairness (Security of Payment) 2017 (Qld) will see a massive overhaul of the Queensland building and construction industry with significant changes to the security of payment regime in particular.

Bankruptcy update: The Court’s power to go behind a Judgment

In a landmark decision Ramsay Health Care Australia v Compton, the High Court found that a bankruptcy notice founded on a judgment debt can be challenged and that the Court can use its discretion to “go behind” a judgment that is relied upon in a bankruptcy notice to determine whether the debt is truly owing.

New laws target misuse of market power

Two significant legislative amendments to Australian competition law have passed Parliament following recommendations from the 2015 Harper Competition Policy Review.

Standard form contracts with small businesses – users beware

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has provided protection for small businesses from unfair contract terms in business-to-business standard form contracts. Find out what types of clauses have been affected by the changes and are likely to raise concerns under the unfair contract terms law.