Brisbane commercial e'newsletter – September 2018

12 September 2018

Welcome to HWL Ebsworth’s Commercial e-Newsletter for Queensland.

We trust that you will find the information in this edition useful, timely and practical. HWL Ebsworth’s Commercial group offers a diverse range of expertise including in Mergers & Acquisitions, Capital Markets, Corporate Governance, Commercial Contracting, Taxation, Energy & Resources, Intellectual Property, Information & Technology and Franchising, with a paramount focus on producing commercially optimal outcomes for our clients. Please forward this e-Newsletter to anyone who you believe may be interested in these articles.

In this edition we review the following topics:

Why should you consider estate planning?

Many people put off implementing an estate plan. However, the potential consequences of not having a proper estate plan in place could be disastrous. If you do not take appropriate steps now, your wishes may not be fulfilled when you pass away. Further, your family members may be put through unnecessary stress and expense.

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The Notifiable Data Breaches

Complying with the new Notifiable Data Breach scheme can seem complex and daunting. But is outsourcing your IT an easy way to make it all someone else’s problem? As always, the devil is in the details.

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Do you own your trade marks?

The Full Federal Court has confirmed that trade marks applied for in the name of the wrong entity or individual will be invalid and open to cancellation.  Identifying the correct applicant can be difficult, particularly in the context of an evolving business or where trade marks are used across multiple subsidiaries in a corporate group. Getting it wrong, however, may mean that your trade mark is unenforceable.

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Are you eligible for the primary production exemption from land tax?

Are you paying land tax on vacant land? If you conduct primary production activities on land in Queensland, you may be eligible for the primary production exemption from land tax. If you own vacant land, or land earmarked for future development, we can assist you.

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