Category: Tourism, Leisure & Hospitality


After recently assisting our client and hotel developer, Barnes Capital, with the negotiation of a hotel management agreement with IHG, we congratulate the announcement of a new Holiday Inn to be built in Coburg, Melbourne.

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We congratulate our client, Melbourne investment company and fund manager PE Capital, who revealed their plans to build an eight-storey, 200-key hotel, at yesterday’s (2 May) annual Australasian Hotel Industry Conference and Exhibition (AHICE).

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The Residential Tenancies Act 1997 (Act) is currently undergoing a significant review as part of the Victorian Government's extensive Fairer Safer Housing initiative. The proposed amendments contained within the review will have an impact on both caravan and residential park residents and operators. 

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Tourism and hospitality operators and retailers are being urged to smarten up on their legal rights regarding online reviews as the busy summer holiday season gets underway.

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Victoria’s alfresco food venues and neighbouring businesses should be on high alert for patrons flouting new outdoor dining smoking bans or face hefty penalties.

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On Thursday 23 February 2017, the Full Bench of the Fair Work Commission (FWC) delivered its long awaited decision on penalty rates as part of its four yearly review of modern awards.

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Rigby Cooke Lawyers are often approached by clients who have been pressured into entering into a contract or a lease for a hospitality premises without having the opportunity to undertake proper due diligence. Consequently we have prepared this list of just some of the legal issues that impact on starting or operating a hospitality business that will hopefully give you some insight before ‘signing on the dotted line’.

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