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Articles and legal news from the Atkinson Vinden Team.

  • Personal guarantees – the importance of getting them right

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    Many of our firm’s clients are small business owners who give personal guarantees as a necessary means of obtaining finance. Often we also see parents giving guarantees on behalf of their children so that finance can be obtained to enter the property market. A personal guarantee is a very serious commitment which can have catastrophic...

    Commercial Law, Disputes

  • What is Spousal Maintenance and am I eligible for it?

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    What is Spousal Maintenance? Spousal Maintenance also known as spousal support is a payment made by a person to their former spouse to assist them in meeting their needs after separation. How is Spousal Maintenance paid? Spousal Maintenance can be paid by way of weekly payments for a certain period of time or through a...

    Commercial Law

  • Changes to the Retail Leases Act

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    Those of you who own a retail shop, or are operating a retail business under a lease, should be aware that recent changes to the Retail Leases Act NSW 1994 (the Act) have a significant effect on Retail Leases going forward. Some of the changes are: 5 Year Term – There is no longer an...

    Commercial Law

  • Shareholder Disputes: Conflict Resolution Between Two Business Owners

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    Atkinson Vinden regularly assists business owners in conflict with one another. Sometimes the issues can be resolved; sometimes court intervention is needed. Senior Associate Tom Howard, who has acted in many such disputes shares his insights on this important topic for anyone in business. Many small and medium-sized businesses are run like partnerships between individuals,...

    Commercial Law

  • Top 3 Legal Considerations For Small Business Owners in 2017

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    In 2016, Atkinson Vinden launched its Business Advisory Team. The team’s purpose is to stand alongside SME’s providing practical legal support at key moments in the life cycle of their business, whether that be setting up key commercial arrangements at inception, developing appropriate terms and conditions, ensuring compliance with applicable regulatory obligations, handling staff issues,...

    Commercial Law

  • “Should you be aware of the traps in a Deed of Release? Yes, inDEED!”

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    Deeds of Release are one of the most adaptable documents in any legal tool box. They can be brief but carefully targeted to either bring a dispute to an end or prevent one from arising. A Deed of Release can represent a settlement ‘deal’ between two parties and it is more than prudent to ensure...

    Commercial Law, Disputes