Commercial Law

Confirmation of the “Contractor” Arrangement – Dentists (and allied health)

By NB Lawyers | October 26, 2020 |

In 2019, our office released an article regarding the findings in the case of Moffet v Dental Corporations Pty Ltd [2019] FCA 344, focussing on the Federal Court’s decision that a dentist, otherwise considered a contractor for employment law purposes, was in fact an employee for superannuation purposes. This case is important because many allied…

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5 Tips for Shareholders Agreement

By NB Lawyers | October 6, 2020 |

Tip 1 – Get it done at the Beginning The single biggest mistake we see is that the participants fail to prepare a shareholders agreement at the outset of the venture. There can be many reasons for this, including but not limited to the following: it may not occur to the parties that they need…

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Queensland Payroll Tax and Employment Agents

By NB Lawyers | September 2, 2020 |

Payroll Tax is a State imposed tax on employers, assessed by the wages paid to employees, applicable when the total amount of wages paid by an employer or a group of employers exceeds a determined threshold. There are special provisions in these laws for ‘employment agents’ who procure the services of workers for their clients.…

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Powers of Appointors of Discretionary Trusts

By NB Lawyers | August 3, 2020 |

Trusts can be beneficial mechanisms for asset protection and tax purposes. There are various types of trusts each with its advantages and disadvantages depending on the desired purpose. Discretionary trusts, sometimes referred to as family trusts, are particularly beneficial for small businesses and estate planning. There are four main roles in a discretionary trust, as…

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8 Hidden costs of buying a business

By NB Lawyers | June 22, 2020 |

Buying a new business can be exciting and full of opportunity for a purchaser. The main expense is of course the purchase price, but there are also other ‘hidden’ immediate costs of the transaction. It is crucial to take note and budget for these costs before signing a contract. Transfer Duty Transfer Duty (also ‘stamp…

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