We're about bridging the gap between legal practice and business challenges. So here are some of our thoughts and insights on the important issues creating challenges and opportunities for clients in an ever-changing commercial landscape.
Carbon tax - Imminent deadlines or risk $1.7M penalty
Despite regulatory uncertainty, businesses must heed June 2013 deadline for emissions reporting and surrender or risk severe penalties.
Pharmaceutical trade marks case law round up for 2012/early 2013
A brief wrap-up of recent decisions relating to trade marks in the pharma space from the EU, the United States and Australia.
Striking the balance: Financing PPPs with government contributions
How can governments maximise cost savings while retaining the risk transfer and performance incentives associated with private finance?
Don’t be caught out in your M&A negotiations by bid rigging or misleading conduct
Those involved in M&As should be on full alert as more allegations of bid-rigging emerge.
BYO biomass - Bioenergy production in the agribusiness sector
Agricultural by-products are tipped to become a pivotal source of renewable energy in the future.
Victoria’s new fire levy aims to be a fair regime for all property owners, but it could prove more costly for owners and tenants of large commercial and industrial buildings.
The draft legislation on tax loss incentives for infrastructure projects is welcome, but gaps remain.
What are the most significant tax measures that will impact the business bottom line?
Staying abreast of employment law changes can be challenging and in the chapter on Australia’s regime we provide comment on anticipated developments in 2013 and review some of the major changes of 2012.
A look at Australian-Russian ties - political, economic, educational, sporting, and even dessert - to mark the 70th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Canberra and Moscow (in English and Russian).
Australia must urgently refocus its tax treaty network towards Asia if it is to compete with Hong Kong and Singapore as a regional investment hub.
The transformation of the Asian region into the economic powerhouse of the world is not only unstoppable, it is gathering pace.
China's rapid development is a global opportunity for economic benefit, but accessing these opportunities will require a lot of work and the breaking down of regulatory barriers.
It is important to deepen Australia-Japan relationships outside of government, including through greater economic investment and greater collaboration in developing infrastructure in the region.
With broad reaching legal and economic implications, the carbon price will create unprecedented risks as well as opportunities. Our experts identify the big issues and discuss long-term strategies for tackling the carbon price.
Australia stands at an interesting place on the global stage. In this issues hub, our experts identify the big issues and discuss long-term strategies for understanding the complex relationship we have with the Asian market and the opportunities that are available both within and outside our borders.
The Australian government’s White Paper on Australia in the Asian Century is designed to generate discussion on the many issues and opportunities posed by growth in Asia. Our experts look at these in terms of business in general and some industries in particular.