Getting the Most out of Your Lawyer (Without Paying Extra!)

Getting the Most out of Your Lawyer (Without Paying Extra!)

Every client/lawyer relationship is different and most of the time things run pretty smoothly however we’ve all heard the bad lawyer jokes or have a friend who has had a terrible experience of working with lawyers.

Law Squared Associate Shaun Restorick-Barton would like to change the conversation people are having about lawyers by distilling the top 10 tips to help you build a strong, cost-effective and sustainable relationship with your legal team.

New Anti-Encryption Laws: Locking Out the Global Tech Market

New Anti-Encryption Laws: Locking Out the Global Tech Market

Shock was felt throughout the Australian tech industry in response to news that the Telecommunications and Other Legislation (Assistance and Access) Act 2018 has been passed. The Act extends the powers of Australian law enforcement agencies to stop anti-terrorist activities by amending several pieces of legislation that deal with national security operations.

There are concerns that the effect of this Act may spread beyond anti-terrorism purposes. The introduction of these new laws has been labelled as “tech industry killer” by several Australian businesses. A real risk is that these laws will significantly stifle the competitiveness of Australia’s burgeoning IT industry in the global market, as well as detract major brands from Australian talent and consumer market. 

Considerations When Using "Buy Now, Pay Later"

Considerations When Using "Buy Now, Pay Later"

There is no doubt that the Buy Now, Pay Later payment gateway is one of the biggest innovations in FinTech for the retail sector. As a business owner, you may be interested to take advantage of the holiday shopping period to engage the services of one of these gateways and capture some of this value. On the other side of the coin, as a consumer you may use the platform to make payments more flexible, to make valuable purchases easier, and to stagger your cash flow.

We answer the most commonly asked questions from businesses and consumers about Buy Now, Pay Later arrangements.

Legal Documents to Organise when Starting your Startup

Legal Documents to Organise when Starting your Startup

A startup demands a significant amount of time, energy and attention – often, this is reflected in the long list of activities that a founder must tackle daily, in order to keep the startup operational.

Don’t let organising legal documents drop further down your to-do list and take note of these critical legal documents for early stage startups.

Top Tips for a Smoother Capital Raising Journey

Top Tips for a Smoother Capital Raising Journey

So you think your startup is ready to go ahead with raising capital. Congratulations! The decision to raise capital is an important one. However, it involves navigating through the entrepreneurial ecosystem, and as a founder it can be difficult to determine which steps are right for you and your startup.

New Insolvency Laws for Struggling Companies

New Insolvency Laws for Struggling Companies

On 1 July 2018, new laws[1] came into effect that restrict certain termination rights in most commercial contracts. These restrictions provide an important opportunity for struggling businesses to restructure and turn their business around while ensuring that key contracts remain on foot.

Looking to equity crowdfund in Australia?

Looking to equity crowdfund in Australia?

In Australia, the Corporations Amendment (Crowd-sourced Funding) Act 2017 introduced the regulatory regime for this type of funding on 29 September 2017 which allows equity crowdfunding (or crowdsourced equity finance as your government-y folk like to call it). There’s been a lot of excitement, but not a lot of clarity on what that actually means for companies. So we’ve decided to change that!

Structure of Australian Startup Businesses

Structure of Australian Startup Businesses

Read in light of my own experiences founding a a law firm dedicated to support startups and entrepreneurs, the Startup Muster's 2017 Annual Report reveals the undeniable reality: there IS a startup ecosystem in Australia, and it is an ecosystem that is diverse, growing in size, and in dire need of legal skills and assistance.

Legal Tips & Tricks for Running Your Trade Promotion

Legal Tips & Tricks for Running Your Trade Promotion

Trade promotions, commonly known as competitions, are a powerful marketing tool and a great way to promote your business. Before running an awesome consumer-engaging trade promotion, you should ensure your trade promotion complies with the plethora of laws, regulations and codes governing the conduct of trade promotions.

5 Legal Questions Entrepreneurs Should Be Asking

5 Legal Questions Entrepreneurs Should Be Asking

Most entrepreneurs and self-employed professionals that I meet generally go about their daily work without thinking too much about the legal aspects of their business. With only 24 hours in a day, and about 10-12 actual working hours, entrepreneurs focus their time and energy on..

Shifting the focus from profit to outcome

Shifting the focus from profit to outcome

It’s 7.30pm and Sally is still in the office, her bosses have left for the day, some colleagues still linger and she has dinner at 8.00pm, which is about a 25-minute tram ride away. Sally has a daily budget of 60 units and today she has only hit 58 units. Does Sally (a) add two units throughout her timesheet...