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Commercial Law

With over 15 years of experience, and as commercial law specialists, Cormiston Legal can assist with subdivisions, leasing (commercial, retail and residential), buying and selling businesses and general commercial advice. Our friendly team offer a personalised service ensuring you get the correct advice you need.

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What we do and how we can help youPosted on 10 June 2017

Cormiston Legal is a very experienced Law Firm based in Launceston, Tasmania specialising in Commercial Law and Conveyancing. We use plain english in all our communications with you and we will...

Business Structures OutlinedPosted on 28 May 2017

We are often asked by clients about what type of entity they should use to run their business. Whilst this is a question that should be put to your accountant as well, we can explain the legal aspects...

Tasmanian Commercial LeasesPosted on 21 May 2017

The legal document that governs the relationship between a property owner (Landlord) and an occupant (Tenant) is a lease. Whether you are a Landlord or Tenant it is important to understand their...

What is a leasehold business?Posted on 1 April 2017

Business premises may be freehold (the owner of the business is the legal owner of the property) or leasehold (the owner of the property leases the property to the business owner). If you are not...

Contract Law - It's not fair!Posted on 20 November 2016

The Commonwealth Government has recently amended the Australian Consumer Law in relation to unfair contracts. These are significant changes aimed at providing a level playing field when parties...

Issues to consider when buying a Business in TasmaniaPosted on 12 August 2016

When buying a business there are many legal, financial and general business issues that you need to consider. A year or so ago we published an article on this topic. This article is a timely...

Reverse Mortgage UpdatePosted on 25 June 2016

A little while ago we did an article on reverse mortgages. Due to a number of clients recently contacting us about reverse mortgages we thought it would be a good idea to do an update on our previous...

Contract Law – Do I Need A Witness?Posted on 4 June 2016

In this day and age we are regularly required to sign documents. We are often asked whether signatures require a witness in order to be valid. The short answer is that most documents and contracts do...

Commercial Leasing - Mortgagee ConsentPosted on 20 May 2016

Many businesses operate their business from leased premises. A lease should provide certainty for both landlords and tenants as to the term of the lease, the rent payable and other conditions that...

Tasmanian Caveats – Frequently Asked QuestionsPosted on 18 March 2016

What is a caveat? It is a notice on the title to land that a person claims a particular unregistered interest in the land. What does a caveat do? In relation to Tasmanian property, the effect of...

What is an Agreement to Lease?Posted on 26 February 2016

You may have heard someone refer to an ‘Agreement to Lease’ when talking about commercial leasing. An Agreement to Lease is commonly used prior to the Property Owner (commonly referred to...

Short Term Leasing under the Tasmanian Retail CodePosted on 20 February 2016

Whether you are a Landlord or a Tenant leasing Tasmanian property, it is important to know whether the Fair Trading (Code of Practice for Retail Tenancies) Regulations 1998 (Code) will apply to the...

Our New EmployeePosted on 29 January 2016

Cormiston Legal is pleased to announce that Simone Reid will be joining our team on 10 February 2016 as a senior commercial lawyer. Simone is a very experienced commercial lawyer having worked at...

Office Christmas Party RulesPosted on 13 December 2015

The silly season has officially arrived! It is important to remember that the rules of behaviour inside the office apply equally to organised events held outside the office. Laws relating to bullying,...

Bank Guarantees ExplainedPosted on 4 December 2015

What is a Bank Guarantee? A Bank Guarantee is an undertaking given by a bank, on behalf of a customer, to pay money to a nominated person (commonly referred to as the Beneficiary). It is a formal...

Shopping at Christmas Time - 10 tips and trapsPosted on 29 November 2015

It is that time of year again, retailers are fighting to get their hands on your hard earned cash. It is very important that despite the Christmas rush, you don’t forget your rights as a...

Changes to Foreign Investment LawsPosted on 21 November 2015

The Australian Government has announced extensive proposed changes to the laws around foreign investment which will take place from 1 December 2015, subject to the passage of the Foreign Acquisitions...

When can you lodge a Caveat over Tasmanian Property?Posted on 14 November 2015

Firstly it is important to understand what a caveat is - it is a notice on a title to land that a person claims a particular unregistered interest in the land. The effect of registering a caveat over...

What can be done about Trees overhanging your Tasmanian Property?Posted on 13 November 2015

Along with boundary fence disputes, overhanging trees, branches and intruding roots onto neighbours property are the major cause of headaches and tension between adjoining landowners. This article...

The Importance of the Lease when buying a BusinessPosted on 9 October 2015

  When buying a business it is fundamental to consider what you are actually buying. If you are not buying the freehold of the property where the business is located then you should pay...

Tasmanian Boundary Fence Fact SheetPosted on 14 August 2015

One of the most common legal disputes is between neighbours over boundary fences. In Tasmania the Boundary Fences Act ('Act') will apply if the neighbours can't resolve the dispute...

Tasmanian Powers of Attorney Fact SheetPosted on 7 August 2015

The Definition of a Power of Attorney A Power of Attorney is a document authorising someone to represent or act on behalf of another person in business and financial matters. The powers...

Important Tips for Signing DocumentsPosted on 31 July 2015

We are often asked how to correctly sign documents by our clients and we also regularly receive documents that have not been correctly signed. Whilst the technical requirements for executing...

Beware of Automatic Renewal Clauses in ContractsPosted on 10 July 2015

What is an automatic renewal clause? Automatic renewal clauses are becoming increasingly common in consumer contracts for subscription based services such as Itunes, Spotify and News websites. A...

Are negotiations by email binding?Posted on 19 June 2015

Since email became a popular form of communication, the legal system has been dealing with whether or not parties can be bound by representations made by an exchange of emails. The main issue is that...

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