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Joanna Oakey from Aspect Legal brings her decades of experience in law and in business to help provide smart legal tips for business owners and managers. Get educated on how you can protect your business from common costly mistakes that affect businesses in the areas of trademark, brand protection, intellectual property, contract law, employment law, dispute resolution and litigation.

Talking Law Joanna Oakey, Aspect Legal

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Joanna Oakey from Aspect Legal brings her decades of experience in law and in business to help provide smart legal tips for business owners and managers. Get educated on how you can protect your business from common costly mistakes that affect businesses in the areas of trademark, brand protection, intellectual property, contract law, employment law, dispute resolution and litigation.

    [EP 103] How to win tenders and business awards

    [EP 103] How to win tenders and business awards

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    Today we talk to the lovely Rosemary Gillespie from Proof Communication about how to win tenders and business awards. We look at the importance of understanding tenders and what business owners should know about awards. So buckle in and let’s get into this great episode.





















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    Episode Highlights:



    * Why are Tenders so important for businesses?

    * Opportunities in being able to respond to tenders

    * An easy understanding of the tender process

    * Always read the contracts first

    * Managing the risk factors surrounding tenders

    * What to look out for in the tender process

    * Always have someone to lead the tender

    * Address your perspective client in your tender

    * Tips on time management in the tender process

    * Always proofread before submitting

    * Awards and what to be aware of















    In this Talking Law episode we have the pleasure of talking to Rosemary Gillespie, founded of Proof Communications since 2000. Prior to this Rosemary worked for KPMG and Allens Linklaters as the firms’ tenders manager. Rosemary has worked on hundreds of tenders to government, private companies, and listed companies so she has seen every tender and response scenario there is, she is an expert in this field.

    Today Rosemary and host Joanna Oakey discuss how to win tenders and business awards. They tackle how a business or business owner can easily understand tenders and outline the possible risk factors and how to avoid them. They discuss the correct way to respond to a tender discuss how to manage the time when responding to a tender and discuss awards.













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    Joanna: Hi, it's Joanna Oakey here and welcome back to Talking Law. A podcast proudly brought to you by our commercial legal practice Aspect Legal. Now today, we have on the show the lovely Rosemary Gillespie from Proof Communications. And today, Rosemary and I are talking all about how to win tenders, including government tenders and how to win business awards and we might just throw in a few legal tips there along the way as well.

    So, Rosemary, thank you so much for coming on board to chat to us today.

    Rosemary: My pleasure, Jo. Lovely to be here.

    Joanna: Yeah, fabulous. Look, I think this is a really important topic. I want you to talk about why you think it's an important topic. First of all, give my sort of synopsis. We have a lot of clients who are involved in responding to tenders. And certainly we also work on the other side in in acting for...

    • 33 min
    [EP 102] COVID Safe Harbour Rules (for directors) and Statutory Demand changes explained

    [EP 102] COVID Safe Harbour Rules (for directors) and Statutory Demand changes explained

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    It is no news that the coronavirus outbreak is impacting every aspect of our lives all over the world. Countries have to decide how to respond to closing businesses and unemployment on top of the health crises. As part of the effort to minimise the damage, the Australian Government has announced some significant changes to the current Insolvency laws. Find out as we explain the COVID Safe Harbour provisions and statutory demand changes in this episode - to understand how they might impact the directors of your business, and your relationship with businesses that owe you money.





















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    Episode Highlights:



    * A quick background on the 2017 safe harbour provisions

    * COVID-19 safe harbour changes

    * Tips that can help you out when you are grappling with solvency issues and risks

    * Changes in the insolvency laws

    * A background on Statutory Demands

    * Final takeaways















    To help keep businesses in business throughout the COVID 19 pandemic, the Federal Government has put in place a significant number of temporary measures. In this episode, we talk to Jo Wright from our very own Aspect Legal, to explain the COVID Safe Harbour provisions and statutory demand changes. 

    Jo Wright along with our host Joanna Oakey discuss the temporary changes made by the Australian Government to statutory demands, and the Safe Harbour defence for directors. This includes an increased threshold at which creditors can issue a statutory demand on a company and the time companies have to respond to statutory demands they receive. This episode touches on the old safe harbour provisions and explains the recent changes made. We also share the best tips that can help you out when you are grappling with solvency issues and risks.













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    Joanna: Hi, it’s Joanna Oakey here and welcome back to Talking Law, a podcast proudly brought to you by a commercial legal practice Aspect Legal. Now today we’re talking about the very topical area of the COVID safe harbor provisions that have come into play in recent weeks in response to some of the real risks of insolvency that have read their head due to the COVID nightmare that we’re currently working through. So in this episode, we’re analyzing the Safe Harbor provisions, we’re really getting into detail to discuss how the Safe Harbor provisions work and what they mean for directors what personal liability means for a director where that it can stem from in relation to directors duties and where this COVID safe harbor can...

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    [EP 101] First Rule of the Game, Stay in the Game – your COVID action plan

    [EP 101] First Rule of the Game, Stay in the Game – your COVID action plan

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    The outbreak of the coronavirus is causing a global economic slowdown. Trade, investment, growth, and employment are all affected but what can a business do to stay in the game?





















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    Episode Highlights:



    * The situation for SMEs amidst the coronavirus outbreak

    * Managing your emotions

    * How soft will revenues get and why?

    * Business risk assessment

    * Time is your enemy and speed is your asset

    * Make necessary calls on your debtors

    * Insolvency safe harbour

    * Keep hold of humanity

    * Proactive steps to take















    In this episode, we discuss the first rule of the game, which is to stay in the game!

    We speak to Michael McGrath the founder and CEO of Oasis M&A Sydney, who advises shareholders of private companies on succession and exit strategies. Michael together with host Joanna Oakey, reflect on the current troubling situation and the approach that businesses can be taking. We give our listeners pointers for how a business can take proactive steps to ensure that they are staying in the game and we walk through what owners of businesses should do when they feel threatened. We look into some of the practical steps that businesses can take, and discuss the benefit of creating an action plan for a business even at this uncertain time.













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    Joanna: Hi, it's Joanna Oakey here, and welcome back to Talking Law, a podcast proudly brought to by our commercial legal practice Aspect Legal. Now, today, we are sitting in the middle of the coronavirus epidemic in an extremely unsettling time. And today's podcast is all about the first rule of the game is staying in the game. And the idea of this podcast is to give you, our listeners, a whole heap of pointers for how you and your businesses right now can be taking proactive steps to ensure that you are staying in the game.

    And in order to talk about this topic, I have on the show, Michael McGrath from Oasis M&A. Michael has been in business since the age of 23. Spending more than 25 years starting building, buying and selling a range of private companies, including food manufacturing, recruitment, publishing, retail and distribution. He's now the founder and CEO of Oasis M&A Sydney that advises shareholders and private companies around succession and exit strategies. And today, Michael and I reflect on what is happening in these current times, reflect on the approaches that many of our clients are taking that can lead to different results and take a...

    • 31 min
    [EP 100] Reaching and Celebrating 100 Talking Law Episodes

    [EP 100] Reaching and Celebrating 100 Talking Law Episodes

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    This is not just a normal regular episode, it is very special because today, we celebrate Talking Law’s 100th episode! Last year we were very lucky to have reached our 100th episode for our sister podcast The Deal Room and right now, thanks to all of your massive and undying support, Talking Law has done the same. Join us as we go through our top 10 most popular and downloaded episodes which have really impacted you, our listeners since we started Talking Law. Do you have an episode in mind that might make the cut? Well, let’s find out.





















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    Episode Highlights:



    * Our 10 most popular episodes

    * Themes from our past 99 episodes















    In today’s episode our host Joanna Oakey quickly reflects on our top 10 most popular and downloaded episodes which have really impacted our listeners. We look through each episode on our Top 10 list and in ascending order from the least downloaded to the most downloaded.

    Top 10: Understanding the New Unfair Contracts Legislation and How the Legislation Impacts Your Business (Episode 3)

    Top 09: Common Mistakes People Make in the area of Trademarks with Grace Yi (Episode 25)

    Top 08: Investigating the Different Types of Business Structures and How to Know which Is Best for You  (Episode 2)

    Top 07: Legal Traps in Marketing 101 (Episode 27)

    Top 06: Loose Lips Sink Ships: Defamation and its consequences for you with Claire Gallagher (Episode 23)

    Top 05: Clauses in Contracts You Sign: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (Episode 6)

    Top 04: Trademarks 101: The Basics (Episode 5)

    Top 03: Understanding Commonly Used Contract Terms (Episode 11)

    Top 02: Demystifying indemnity clauses (Episode 13)

    Top 01: The 6 Top Legal Landmines in Business (Episode 1)

    So did your favourite episode make the list? Was there an episode you preferred? Let us know in the comments wherever you see this episode.

     





























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    [EP 099] Coronavirus Implications on Commercial Contracts and Force Majeure Clauses

    [EP 099] Coronavirus Implications on Commercial Contracts and Force Majeure Clauses

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    The coronavirus outbreak has not given us an advantageous start to the year. As of today there are 198,394 reported coronavirus cases, 7,981 deaths and 165 countries and territories around the world have been affected and these numbers are increasing rapidly. With cities in lockdown, travel restrictions in place and global trade in a mess, its fair to say that this outbreak has had a massive effect on businesses worldwide. 

    So in this episode, we have on board Robyn Purdy from our very own Aspect Legal, to discuss the implications of the coronavirus outbreak on commercial contracts and in particular Force Majeure clauses. We look at what you need to be focusing on in supply contracts where supply is now or might in the future be an issue. We also look at proactive steps you can be taking right now to get on the front foot to protect your organisation.





















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    Episode Highlights:



    * Why are we talking about this?

    * What is in a Force Majeure Clause?

    * Why we should pay attention to Force Majeure Clauses

    * What do Force Majeure Clauses cover?

    * Examples of when force majeure clauses can create huge issues for an organisation

    * Pull out your contracts out look over your Force Majeure Clause

    * How to get on the front foot when dealing with uncertainties in your contracts

    * Tips to take aways















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    Joanna: Hi, it's Joanna Oakey here and welcome back to Talking Law. A podcast proudly brought to you by our commercial legal practice Aspect Legal. Now today we are talking about a topic that you may have heard a little bit about unless you have been bunkered down on some sort of bomb shelter for the last few months, the coronavirus. I know everyone who's talking about coronavirus at the moment, but what we want to do here at aspect legal is be beacons of light, positivity, but also information because we know we moving into unchartered territory at the moment and a position locally, but also globally where things are really uncertain and this obviously has a massive impact on business. Now today we are going to talk particularly about the implications of coronavirus on commercial contracts, but into the future we're actually going to be releasing a number of episodes that talk all about the implications of coronavirus on businesses as a whole.

    Why are we talking about this?

    Joanna: And so stay tuned for future episodes where we look at different strategies that businesses can put into place and different things that businesses should be aware of. And we really going to be looking at focusing in a positive l...

    • 19 min
    [EP 098] Top Legal and Tax tips for accountants dealing with clients selling (or acquiring) a business

    [EP 098] Top Legal and Tax tips for accountants dealing with clients selling (or acquiring) a business

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    In this episode we get legal and tax tips for accountants dealing with clients selling or acquiring a business from Peter Bembrick, a tax partner at HLB Mann Judd Sydney. Peter has provided tax assistance to businesses and individuals since he joined HLB Mann Judd over 30 years ago, and became a Partner there in 2004.

    We would usually cover the topic of selling and acquiring businesses on our sister podcast The Deal Room. What we are discussing today is actually part of a two-part series which can be found in the Deal Room Podcast. We felt however that part one of this series suited the audience of Talking Law. So to ensure we are reaching out to all the right people sit back and relax as we dive into legal and tax tips from Peter Bembrick.





















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    Episode Highlights:



    * A little background of Peter Bembrick

    * First key tax tip on selling or acquiring

    * Common Mistakes when working out tax outcomes

    * Planning is key

    * It’s all about timing

    * Why are there so many cases of business owners coming in an exit, not being armed with full information of the difference in a tax outcome?

    * Set aside time for having proactive discussions with client bases















    Today we have a great episode covering legal and tax tips for accountants working with clients selling or acquiring a business. We talk with Peter Bembrick from HLB Mann Judd. after 30+ years in the game, Peter knows a thing or two and share with us hit top tips on dealing with clients who are leading to exits or who might be looking at acquiring a business.

    Join Peter and Joanna in this deep discussion as they focus on relevant tips for accountants and advisers who deal with businesses leading up to a sale. They discuss missed opportunities and the differences in selling a business and selling shares in a company. Peter also talks about small business CGT concessions and some of the impacts following the tightening of 2018, and the ideal situation of assisting business owners to plan their exit well in advance.

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    * [EP 092] Revealing the Accountant Advisors Community – what is it and how is it relevant to you as an accountant?

















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